Nerdling Posted April 14, 2009 Share Posted April 14, 2009 Hi, all. I've been perusing this site for some time now (thanks to everyone for their input), and it's been a pretty terrific resource. I have a quick question regarding PhD programs at the big policy schools (HKS, SAIS, WWS, Fletcher, etc). I didn't see much on this topic, but forgive me if it's been addressed before. How do these PhD programs differ from their traditional political science-international relations program counterparts? Off the cuff, it seems like the policy school programs are significantly more interdisciplinary and not as quantitatively focused (maybe?) whereas the traditional arts and sciences political science programs more rigorously focus on a much narrower treatment of the subject. I realize this isn't the deepest appraisal of the two types of programs, but am I seeing things relatively clearly? Assuming the above (and please correct me if I'm wrong), how would each degree fare in terms of job prospects? For traditional tenure track professorships, I couldn't imagine you could do better than a political science-IR PhD. But, for someone like myself (and others who've posted on these boards) who's more interested in working within the public sector (be it government, think tank or whatever, working on policy), would the more interdisciplinary degree be a better approach? The schools I mentioned above talk a bit on their websites about PhD job placement, and most say that a higher percentage of their graduates take jobs outside of traditional academia compared to more academic programs, but this seems anecdotal at best. For the sake of clarity, I'm wondering what the potential differences wouldbe between a PhD from WWS as opposed to a PhD from Princeton's politics department, for example. Are there any noteworthy differences in skillsets? Professional preparation? Anyone have any insight? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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