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I am currently a senior undergrad applying for Masters programs in international Development. My top choices are the MS in Foreign Service at Georgetown, the MA in International Development at SAIS Johns Hopkins, and the MAID Program at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Do I have any chance of getting in with the below credentials?:

Pepperdine University: 3.95 GPA

- Double Major: International Studies, Economics,

- Conflict Management Certificate, German Minor

GRE: 650 V

770 Q

5.0 AW


  • Research Assistant: Executive Office of the President - Office of National Drug Control Policy - Summer 2010
  • Intern: World Vision United States Washington DC Summer 2010
  • Study Abroad: Heidelberg, Germany Fall 2008 - Spring 2009
  • Resident Advisor
  • On campus jobs all four years
  • Numerous service trips to Mexico, Guatemala
  • Led Spring Break service trips to Seattle to work with the homeless

Languages: high proficiency in both German and French

Can anyone speak to whether I might be competitive now, or wasting my time? I understand I don't necessarily have the work experience these schools are looking for but might my academic qualifications outweigh this? Are there additional programs in International Development I should explore?

Thanks everyone!

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