SketchesOfSpain Posted March 18, 2019 Share Posted March 18, 2019 (edited) Now that all decisions are back and this was a helpful tool for me Program Applied To: (MPA, MPP, IR, etc.) MPA and MSPPM (Heinz)Schools Applied To: Princeton WWS, Washington Evans, CMU Heinz (Pittsburgh), Cornell CIPA, UT LBJ, A&M Bush, Brown Watson, UNC (Online), Penn State (Online), Northwestern (Online)Schools Admitted To: Evans ($$$), Heinz ($$$), CIPA ($$), LBJ (In-state), Watson ($) , UNC ($), Penn State, NorthwesternSchools Rejected From: WWS, A&M (I declined an interview)Still Waiting: Undergraduate institution: Middle of the road state flagshipUndergraduate GPA: 3.4ishLast 60 hours of Undergraduate GPA (if applicable): 3.8 (Almost entirely in major classes because of a sophomore year switch)Undergraduate Major: Public AdministrationGRE Quantitative Score: 159 (Thank you Magoosh)GRE Verbal Score: 164GRE AW Score: 5.0 (It is all about laying out a skeleton of your essay in your intro and sticking to it, even if you feel like you're hitting the grader over the head with such obvious transitions)Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): 4+ Years of Work Experience: 3.5Describe Relevant Work Experience: Went from entry level local government job to head of a department with about a $4 million budget in 2ish years Strength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc): Really strong in describing my motivations to go into local government, probably not as strong in describing what the school can do for me, but I did a good job sprinkling in little things the school wanted to hear. I put some research into schools and finding buzzwords scattered through the main web page and the program's web page, then incorporating those into my essay.Strength of LOR's (be honest, describe the process, etc): I picked writers who were going to put some real thought and work into the essay over just the biggest title I could find. I was too far out of school to get professors, which was detrimental but a fact of life. I got my City Manager (CEO of a city), a department head in my City, and the VP with a local economic development group. I didn't give them much direction (I applied to too many schools to say, "Tell X school Y") but it certainly took a little prodding at the end.Other: Start with a list of schools/programs that interest you, then narrow it and narrow it. When you get your final list of places you'll apply really ask yourself, "If I get into this school, will I really go here?" Also note, you're probably going to get into to most of the schools you apply to, it's a lot less competitive than undergrad, especially for MPA's and MPP's. I had this huge list because I had so many safety schools (two online safety schools???). It's wasted money, but more importantly time, time for that could be spent on schools you care about and your LOR writer's time. Edited March 18, 2019 by SketchesOfSpain Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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