Jump to content
snowflake96

Applying to Munk 2019, NPSIA, GSPIA, BSIA etc.

Recommended Posts

Decided to start a thread for those of us applying to Canadian international affairs programs this fall/winter. Post stats, advice, or anything related to this topic!

Edited by snowflake96

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think this is not an adequate forum for discussion about professional programs. 

Edited by MyWay

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi everyone,

I'm a recent graduate with a bachelor's in Public Administration. Decided recently that I want to get into political economy, and I plan to apply for NPSIA. But I have a B+ average from my last two years, and my only experience is me volunteering in the school's UN Student Organization, and currently I intern for an international research group. Does anyone know if that's enough, or should I say fuck it, cuz my grades are pretty shite...

 

Thanks for the comment and advice

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hey guys, i can't seem to find any other threads on this topic, but just wondering how everyone else's applications are going? what schools are you applying to?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/4/2018 at 3:30 PM, mandooke said:

Hi everyone,

I'm a recent graduate with a bachelor's in Public Administration. Decided recently that I want to get into political economy, and I plan to apply for NPSIA. But I have a B+ average from my last two years, and my only experience is me volunteering in the school's UN Student Organization, and currently I intern for an international research group. Does anyone know if that's enough, or should I say fuck it, cuz my grades are pretty shite...

 

Thanks for the comment and advice

hi there! i currently go to carleton and what i have heard is that generally NPSIA weighs experience very heavily so i would say don't lose hope just because you don't have a perfect GPA. i think the fact that you intern for an international research group and are involved in IR extracurriculars are def beneficial, especially if u were able to raise your gpa a bit over this past semester. you meet the minimum grade requirements so i would say as long as you have a strong statement, your application stands a chance so don't give up yet!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hello! thanks for starting this thread, i couldn't find many others on international/global affairs programs for 2019. how far into your application process are you? i have contacted and secured my referees but due to a crazy fall semester, i am only now starting my personal statement, so i am a little concerned that i am behind! are you applying to any other schools? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 hours ago, moon-girl said:

hello! thanks for starting this thread, i couldn't find many others on international/global affairs programs for 2019. how far into your application process are you? i have contacted and secured my referees but due to a crazy fall semester, i am only now starting my personal statement, so i am a little concerned that i am behind! are you applying to any other schools? 

I've been done for a few weeks now! Just been hesitant on submitting my statements - always feel like I can keep improving them, ya know? Goal was to get them in by Jan 1 though! All my references are in, so that's nice peace of mind. It's nice how they let your references submit before you submit your statements. They must be swamped with letters.

I have a really niche topic that most schools don't really tackle, so I'm only applying to (in ranked order): NPSIA, U of Calgary, Munk.

 

How about yourself?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey everyone! Glad to see more people posting. I have a rough draft for Munk that I am still editing and a rough draft for NPSIA and Ottawa. I graduated university last year and I have a 3.75 GPA and 4.0 final year GPA. Have worked for the provincial government before, I'm a member of a think tank, have studied European politics and environmental sustainability during an exchange in 2017 and have been involved in committees related to international education and experiential learning programs. My top choice is Munk. Best of luck to everyone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/23/2018 at 4:32 PM, DPDoubleTrouble said:

I've been done for a few weeks now! Just been hesitant on submitting my statements - always feel like I can keep improving them, ya know? Goal was to get them in by Jan 1 though! All my references are in, so that's nice peace of mind. It's nice how they let your references submit before you submit your statements. They must be swamped with letters.

I have a really niche topic that most schools don't really tackle, so I'm only applying to (in ranked order): NPSIA, U of Calgary, Munk.

 

How about yourself?

I am also applying to Munk and NPSIA, as well as the global governance program at BSIA. My top choices are between Munk and BSIA right now. I'm still currently working on my statements so I am kind of kicking myself in the butt for not starting earlier LOL.  

If you don't mind me asking, did you submit your video question portion of the Munk application yet? I was surprised when they added it onto the application requirements this year and am a little bit nervous since there doesn't seem to be much you can do to prepare! 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
43 minutes ago, moon-girl said:

I am also applying to Munk and NPSIA, as well as the global governance program at BSIA. My top choices are between Munk and BSIA right now. I'm still currently working on my statements so I am kind of kicking myself in the butt for not starting earlier LOL.  

If you don't mind me asking, did you submit your video question portion of the Munk application yet? I was surprised when they added it onto the application requirements this year and am a little bit nervous since there doesn't seem to be much you can do to prepare! 

 

Yeah, I'm not sure about the video portion. I'm assuming because they get so many applicants they added this portion to stream people out

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am also applying at NPSIA, Munk & UOttawa (MA in Public and International Affairs). What kind of references are you guys using? I also am just getting started on my letter of intent and wish I'd have started earlier :( Would anyone have any idea if they only look at cumulative grades or grades from last two years? I am doing well in my last two years but my cumulative GPA is not super high. I did some internships with a think-tank, the provincial govt. & with Canada Border Services. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/27/2018 at 3:27 PM, v_vexed said:

I am also applying at NPSIA, Munk & UOttawa (MA in Public and International Affairs). What kind of references are you guys using? I also am just getting started on my letter of intent and wish I'd have started earlier :( Would anyone have any idea if they only look at cumulative grades or grades from last two years? I am doing well in my last two years but my cumulative GPA is not super high. I did some internships with a think-tank, the provincial govt. & with Canada Border Services. 

Have you started your application for Ottawa yet? After you pay for the application we are supposed to get an email directing us to upload our documents but I don't know how long this will take 

Edited by snowflake96

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am applying to Munk, uOttawa, and Carleton! I've finished my Carleton and Ottawa applications a while back and now I am just finishing up Munk! 

I am surprised there isn't much activity on the forum this year! 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, twin1 said:

I am applying to Munk, uOttawa, and Carleton! I've finished my Carleton and Ottawa applications a while back and now I am just finishing up Munk! 

I am surprised there isn't much activity on the forum this year! 

How long did it take for them to process your application fee for ottawa? I'm still waiting on the email to upload my documents.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What are you guys generally writing about in your statement of intent? Should I be contacting profs and talking about wanting to work with them?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/1/2019 at 2:10 PM, snowflake96 said:

How long did it take for them to process your application fee for ottawa? I'm still waiting on the email to upload my documents.

I am also waiting for U of Ottawa to process my fee and send me a link to upload my documents. I found their site/application process to be atrocious compared to other programs. I'd love an estimate on how long it took for you to get access to upload your docs

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
9 hours ago, Timbit said:

I am also waiting for U of Ottawa to process my fee and send me a link to upload my documents. I found their site/application process to be atrocious compared to other programs. I'd love an estimate on how long it took for you to get access to upload your docs

It's awful. I don't get why they make their application process so difficult. I'm especially concerned because one of the programs I'm applying to at Ottawa's deadline is on the 15th, and I want to make sure my references have time to upload their letters. U of T and Carleton's was so painless! lol, I called them this morning and was told it can take up to a week or 10 days to receive the email.

Edited by snowflake96

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, snowflake96 said:

It's awful. I don't get why they make their application process so difficult. I'm especially concerned because one of the programs I'm applying to at Ottawa's deadline is on the 15th, and I want to make sure my references have time to upload their letters. U of T and Carleton's was so painless! lol, I called them this morning and was told it can take up to a week or 10 days to receive the email.

@snowflake96 I've applied to U of T, McMaster, and Waterloo, and none have been nearly this confusing. The language is beyond unclear, just to get admissions reqs was a maze, and now I'm also worried about giving my references enough time. Really is a bit discouraging. I find a school's admin can be a make or break factor for a good experience (which is why I didn't apply to York)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/1/2019 at 5:10 PM, snowflake96 said:

How long did it take for them to process your application fee for ottawa? I'm still waiting on the email to upload my documents.

It took 6 days! That was back at the beginning of November. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Timbit said:

@snowflake96 I've applied to U of T, McMaster, and Waterloo, and none have been nearly this confusing. The language is beyond unclear, just to get admissions reqs was a maze, and now I'm also worried about giving my references enough time. Really is a bit discouraging. I find a school's admin can be a make or break factor for a good experience (which is why I didn't apply to York)

I ended up getting the email this afternoon. Check your spam folder because that's where mine was

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/3/2019 at 7:16 AM, snowflake96 said:

It's awful. I don't get why they make their application process so difficult. I'm especially concerned because one of the programs I'm applying to at Ottawa's deadline is on the 15th, and I want to make sure my references have time to upload their letters. U of T and Carleton's was so painless! lol, I called them this morning and was told it can take up to a week or 10 days to receive the email.

Hey there I saw on the website that the deadline for UOttawa in GSPIA is actually Feb. 1, so you have a little bit more time! It's only NPSIA that's Jan. 13 (on my birthday, just my luck haha)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
10 minutes ago, v_vexed said:

Hey there I saw on the website that the deadline for UOttawa in GSPIA is actually Feb. 1, so you have a little bit more time! It's only NPSIA that's Jan. 13 (on my birthday, just my luck haha)

Isn't NPSIA due on January 31? And I'm also applying for SIDGS at Ottawa which is due on the 15 which is why I was so worried! Ateast for GSPIA I have time lol

Edited by snowflake96

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.