zapatos Posted May 28, 2015 Share Posted May 28, 2015 Hi all, I'm a rising senior at an Ivy and, after a few years as an RA and more advanced coursework, I'm really hoping to go straight into a top IR PhD program and go into academia. How common is it to go straight after undergrad? Would you recommend it? I know I'll be competing against people with masters in poli sci or other related degrees, so I want to go into the Fall 2016 application cycle with my head on my shoulders. Here are my stats: Major of Political Science: IR. Minor in a fun humanities. Undergrad GPA: 3.9+ (major 4.0) Research Experience: RA working on coding a dataset for past year and a half (will continue). Summer 2014 RA at a different CHYMPS school. For my work-study job I also RA/TA for a professor in my humanities minor. The first two RA positions have really influenced what I hope to pursue in graduate school and will write about in my SOP. Quantitative experience: possibly a weakness. Two Calc courses in HS, then here basic economics, macroeconomics, and a data analysis/stat class designed for majors. I know STATA and have thought about teaching myself SPSS and/or R. Next semester hope to take a math methods class. LORs: 1 from poli sci professor I do research for, 1 guaranteed from the humanities professor I RA/TA for, and probably the third from an adjunct professor in political theory who I think knows my work and capabilities well. Writing Sample: I was going to submit a 25 page term paper from a political theory class I took, unless this is a bad idea. Senior Thesis: Waiting to hear back on acceptance to the program, but I think I will get in and write my thesis on something related to the topics for which I have already been serving as an RA and hope to apply to grad school. GRE: Taking soon! I have been scoring in the mid 160s on verbal/quantitative practice tests. Hoping for: A good fit somewhere at a top 10 institution with a professor whose research interests closely match my own. I'm concerned about placement after my dissertation and am still a bit unclear about what the top IR programs are. Is it reasonable for me to hope to get into a top department as an undergraduate if I can produce good LORs and a focused SOP? Is there something else I should be doing to show my commitment or to better prepare myself? What IR programs should I be researching? Looking forward to hearing your opinions! MastersHoping and correlatesoftheory 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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