jaw17 Posted April 25, 2009 Share Posted April 25, 2009 I've been helping a close friend start the grad school process, and would welcome the board's wisdom on where she should apply. Following a BA from a top 25 LAC in Francophone cultural and colonial studies (with something like a 3.97 GPA), she spent 2.5 years in DC managing international conferences on microfinance, and recently moved to Africa to work on operations and marketing for an agriculture NGO. Her GREs are 680V, 740Q, and she's already taken the requisite introductory micro and macro courses at the USDA grad school. She is looking for two key things out of a graduate program: 1) practical skills for nonprofit management (e.g. accounting, operations, probably some monitoring and evaluation, and ideally also some training-of-trainers instruction), and 2) more intellectually-oriented "content" courses, particularly with regard to international development, but also perhaps in literacy or other topical areas with both domestic and international applications. (Although she has not expressed as much, I suspect that she likes to see the direct impact of her work, and given her intention to live in the U.S. long-term, it wouldn't surprise me if she ultimately switches to a more domestic field.) I'm not sure how often those two exist under the same institutional roof, though, so I'm trying to help her identify programs with significant flexibility to take classes from multiple departments. Given her personality and preferences, I also imagine that she'd be happier in a smaller program with more individualized attention, rather than the huge classes at somewhere like SAIS, but that might be getting too picky. Can anyone suggest good IR schools, MPA programs, business schools or even education degrees that might be well-suited to these interests? Some of the ones that have caught my eye so far are: the Princeton WWS MPA; the new Columbia SIPA MPA in Development Practice; the NYU Wagner MPA in nonprofit management or their MA in international education with a concentration in cross-cultural exchanges and training; the Indiana MPA with a nonprofit concentration; or the Georgetown MPP with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. Advice very, very welcome! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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