maham Posted March 15, 2021 Share Posted March 15, 2021 Hi everyone! I have a few weeks before decision time, but I wanted to pick your brains about my top two choices. I want to work in education policy, and I applied to a mix of ed policy M.Ed and MPP programs this cycle. My best options are Vanderbilt Peabody MPP, HGSE EPA, and Duke Sanford MPP. All three will cost around the same price, so I'm not so much concerned about the financial component as I am the fit educationally and career-wise. Cost of living in Durham is significantly lower than in Nashville or Cambridge, so Duke technically wins out in the cost category, but Peabody offers pretty generous assistantships, so they could end up balancing out. HGSE is only a one year program though so it may be slightly less expensive in terms of living costs, but from what I can tell Cambridge is pricey. The main difference that I can see is that Peabody/HGSE are education specific degree programs whereas Duke is a general MPP but with incredible ed policy faculty and research centers. Peabody is an incredibly respected and ranked education college, but Duke's MPP program is a top 5 powerhouse as well. Harvard is, well... Harvard. Has anyone else here had this dilemma with education policy? What should I do?? I'm currently leaning more toward Duke because I like the flexibility that a general MPP program would offer in terms of career outcomes in the event that the rona slump turns into a full blown 08 level recession. Plus it would provide a more thought-diverse cohort which could prove beneficial in terms of connections. Peabody is still really appealing because from what I've gathered, they encourage and facilitate full-time policy-related employment for their students, and that's a pretty big deal to me since I'm only one year out of undergrad. Duke has very solid experiential components but they aren't full-time paid experience. HGSE is the best program for education policy, but I worry that a one year program wouldn't grant me as much practical experience as the two year programs. TL;DR -- I need advice on picking among these programs. Vandy is an education policy exclusive MPP that offers great work experience and Peabody is incredible. Duke is a general MPP with great ed policy faculty and a strong ranking and reputation. HGSE is self explanatory, but hesitant about one year program vs two. Cost is relatively the same -- just need to know thoughts on which is best. Also reposting this from the education and gov affairs forums so I'm hoping to see what you guys have to offer. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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