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Here is my situation, admitted to: 

 

Chicago Harris MPP with full tuition and living stipend

Columbia SIPA MIA with 40k for the first year and 20k for the second (SIPAs tuition is 52k) 

 

I already have my dream job, I am seeking a graduate degree to improve my analytical skills and to experience USA`s academic environment. I am not sure that SIPA`s is worth the debt. I am leaning towards Harris, any thoughts? 

 

 

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Exactly in the same situation (minus the scholarships) ... I really feel like Harris will provide me with the intellectual/academic challenge I am looking for ... SIPA's advantage is the location, the network (I assume?), and paradoxically the reputation (at least internationally). When I tell my friends about my acceptance by these two Universities needless to say Chicago is overshadowed by Columbia.

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Exactly in the same situation (minus the scholarships) ... I really feel like Harris will provide me with the intellectual/academic challenge I am looking for ... SIPA's advantage is the location, the network (I assume?), and paradoxically the reputation (at least internationally). When I tell my friends about my acceptance by these two Universities needless to say Chicago is overshadowed by Columbia.

I work with international affairs, but I want to improve my knowledge in quantitative methods and economy, that`s why I applied to both MIA and MPP. Columbia has indeed the best reputation (internationally) but I have not made up my mind yet. 

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Here is my situation, admitted to: 

 

Chicago Harris MPP with full tuition and living stipend

Columbia SIPA MIA with 40k for the first year and 20k for the second (SIPAs tuition is 52k) 

 

I already have my dream job, I am seeking a graduate degree to improve my analytical skills and to experience USA`s academic environment. I am not sure that SIPA`s is worth the debt. I am leaning towards Harris, any thoughts? 

 

Are there people at work you can talk to about this?  Is one school more respected in your field?  Both are obviously great programs, but will one further your career more?

 

If you're looking for a typical American academic experience, I'm not sure if Chicago is the place to go.  I went to there for undergrad and have friends who've stayed for their master's, JDs, and PhDs.  UoC is pretty much more intense than any other school I've heard of.  But on the other hand, you'll come out with great analytical skills!

 

As for the debt, personally I think the ROI of a top-tier masters program will be pretty good, but this is pre-loan-repayment....

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As a current SIPA student, if you already have your career lined up and you are 100% committed, go to Harris and live a debt-free life.  If you are wavering at all, take a risk and come to NY.  Either way you will be fine.

Thank you all for the advices! 

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Yes I also want an opinion on this. What do you think is a better choice? I will be fully funded though as I am on a foreign fellowship. I am confused which school is better considering I am an international student. Thanks

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