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Just submitted my applications! Response time?


crobinson
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Hello,

I stumbled upon these forums kind of by accident. I'm an undergraduate senior and just finished applying to two political science Ph.D. programs and I couldn't be more excited! I'm curious about how long it takes to hear back. I was thinking ballpark February or March? Congrats to anyone else who's hit the submit button recently or about to!

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Also, is it out of the normal that I only applied to two Ph.D programs? I did a TON of research on the schools and professors, and picked two that I know I would be happy and successful spending six years of my life at. I'm also very confident in my applications to them.

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Also, is it out of the normal that I only applied to two Ph.D programs? I did a TON of research on the schools and professors, and picked two that I know I would be happy and successful spending six years of my life at. I'm also very confident in my applications to them.

I applied to 7. I would say only 3-4 are good fits for my research topics with 1 as a DEFINITE safety and one where I would go if free and I could study under this guy who seems like a true expert, even though he is at a low ranked uni.

I personally think you should round it out at 5...but that is entirely up to you

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Also, is it out of the normal that I only applied to two Ph.D programs? I did a TON of research on the schools and professors, and picked two that I know I would be happy and successful spending six years of my life at. I'm also very confident in my applications to them.

I applied to 7. I would say only 3-4 are good fits for my research topics with 1 as a DEFINITE safety and one where I would go if free and I could study under this guy who seems like a true expert, even though he is at a low ranked uni.

I personally think you should round it out at 5...but that is entirely up to you

I'm applying to ~10, this is after discussions with some of my Professors and the odd piece of online advice such as this from Nuno Monteiro. We're all different, but I would certainly apply to more than two... given the wide range of factors that can influence their decisions I wouldn't risk it!

First of all, apply broadly. Ten, maybe fifteen schools. This will be quite a bit of work, but there’s a good rationale for doing so. The quality of your application will determine whether you will end up in the batch of strong applications from which departments decide whom to offer admission. But it is hard to control whether a particular department will actually offer you admission, because this often depends on imponderables like matching faculty and student interests, preferences for research style, who is in the admissions committee, etc. So you want to maximize your odds by applying to any school to which you’d be willing to go. Furthermore, compared with the potential impact on your future, the cost in time

http://www.nunomonte...grad-admissions

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I'm applying to ~10, this is after discussions with some of my Professors and the odd piece of online advice such as this from Nuno Monteiro. We're all different, but I would certainly apply to more than two... given the wide range of factors that can influence their decisions I wouldn't risk it!

http://www.nunomonte...grad-admissions

Which ones?

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