Policystudent Posted April 21, 2010 Share Posted April 21, 2010 Hey everyone, I'm trying to make a final decision between attending the MPP program at UChicago's Harris School and the MPA program at Cornell's CIPA, and would really appreciate any advice you can give. I've received very comparable offers from both schools (full or almost-full tuition), visited both, and generally liked both. I'm interested primarily in social policy, enjoy international environments and/or urban environments, and ultimately want to work on the East Coast after graduation (DC, NYC, etc). My main concerns were: -- MATH at UChicago. While I appreciate the importance of core econ/quant skills when analyzing policy, I don't like math, and the curriculum at UChicago seemed excessively quant-heavy. -- The reputation of CIPA. It's a newer program, is ranked considerably lower than Harris, and some of my professors and colleagues in DC have expressed generally negative views of the academic quality of the program relative to other top-tier schools (Chicago, Ford, Goldman, HKS, WWS, etc). The main positives I see of each school are: -- The emphasis on social policy, especially poverty and inequality, at Harris. Once I finish the quant-heavy core curriculum (after the first 2 of 6 quarters), I'd really enjoy the concentration classes at Harris. -- The flexibility of CIPA's program, which allows you to completely individualize your course of study. Does anyone have any advice regarding these two programs? Am I unnecessarily concerned about the quant-centric courses at Harris? Is the ranking of CIPA largely irrelevant, given that it carries "brand name" recognition as an Ivy? Does anyone have any insight into whether the career opportunities upon graduation from the two schools would differ significantly? Thank you very much, I really appreciate your help. Policystudent and dr.cowmaster 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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