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University of Denver, Josef Korbel 2019

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I am going to start another one of these types of threads for Korbel. I submitted my Master of International Studies application on December 1st after getting a lot of email from Denver saying that they would waive my application fee if I applied by the 2nd. I assumed that because of this eagerness for early applications that they would be sending out rolling decisions, despite the January 23rd priority deadline. I now assume that they assess all applications in one round (and I think I saw a decision notification date somewhere on the website but I can't find it now).  However, my DU application was the first I submitted, and it feels strange to be waiting on it for long when I've already been accepted to another school whose application I submitted later.

Anyway, that was just a drawn-out way of saying that I would like to know where all of you are in the application process. Have you received a decision? Are you interviewing for the Sie Fellowship? Have you heard anything about how DU assesses prospective students' applications? 

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Received my decision today! Accepted into the International Development program!

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6 hours ago, Theevidentevaluator said:

Congrats @Spurs! Do you know when we will receive financial aid packages? 

Also received my acceptance yesterday, but for the International Studies program!

Thank you! Congratulations to you as well!

The financial aid information was included in my acceptance letter.

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12 hours ago, Spurs said:

Thank you! Congratulations to you as well!

The financial aid information was included in my acceptance letter.

Oh that's odd. I did receive a merit scholarship that was detailed in my acceptance letter but no info on unsubsidized loans, federal work study, etc. I contacted DU's Financial Aid Office and they said I would be able to see my award soon, but I checked my PioneerWeb account and it's not there.

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I was accepted into the International Studies program and received a $25,000 Founder's Recognition Scholarship (I'm sure this is just a fancy name for a scholarship of a certain denomination from their general award money but I will happily put it on my CV now).

Stats:

Undergrad GPA: 3.67

Undergrad Degree: BA in Intl. Studies from American University

GRE Scores: 158 V 153 Q 4.0 AW (These scores are the weakest part of my application but I think they are still around or above Korbel's average scores)

Work Experience: 4.5 years combined internships and postgrad work, one internship with the State Department, one internship with a U.S. Representative, one internship with the Executive Office of New York State (governor's office), and 3 years postgrad as a State Department contractor.

Other Skills: Tableau, STATA, and Excel proficiency. Intermediate Mandarin, intermediate French, and basic Danish proficiency

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13 hours ago, BeninianBeninois said:

Can those of you who’ve been accepted comment on your stats please 😬

 

Also, any word on Sié?

Apologies for spamming this thread a little, but I just (15 minutes ago!) received an invitation to interview for Sie! I'll be interviewing during the first week of March.

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I was admitted to the public policy program with an offer for $30k per year and an invitation to interview for Sie. 

Undergrad GPA: 3.3

Undergrad Degree: BA political science (English minor), BA international studies (philosophy minor)

GRE Scores: 162 V 152 Q 5.0 AW 

Work Experience: 2 years on Capitol Hill, 2 years in international development, 1.5 years at a public policy think tank, and internships with the Department of State and my home state legislature while in undergrad

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2 hours ago, Theevidentevaluator said:

Sie interviewees ( @cowsgomoo et al.): Hear anything back from the Center yet about the Fellowship? I was told by the Director that Sie awardees would be notified some time this week. 

Nothing yet!

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I was admitted to Korbel MA in international Studies with 15k a year in funding. I'm currently weighing the Korbel MA vs Pittsburgh MA in Public and International Affairs (Intelligence and Security Studies) and UCSD MPP(Security Policy), while I like Korbel, its cost is giving me some significant reservations.Congrats to all who were accepted and received funding, the Sie Fellowhsip seems insanely hard to get. It seems hard to justify the cost of these degrees, given the lack of funding and surefire job prospects. After all top 25 IR schools are nowhere near their MBA or STEM equivalents when it comes to salary and job placement. Any thoughts on school decision, Korbel job prospects, and reputation would be welcome. Good luck to everyone and maybe I will see some of you in the Fall.

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