ngogirl Posted September 7, 2015 Share Posted September 7, 2015 Sorry, if my title is confusing.I am interested in applying for PHd programs in International Relations/Political Science for Fall 2017. I will take from January-June to prepare for the GRE's as my math skills are not that strong.I did my MA in Government and Politics and received a 3.64 because of two B+'s on my transcript. My goal is to have a strong GRE score, but I would like to know does ranking of school make a difference, school name, or strength in particular area?I am interested in Security Issues, my master's thesis was focused on a non state actor's relationship with the populace in a Middle Eastern country (I conducted 7 months field research in the said country), and in November, I will be presenting part of my paper at the NPSA conference.I have been told to try and get a job focusing on research with a thinktank in my gap year (prior to hopefully starting the PHd) or to go back to the Middle East (which I have work experience in international development/international human rights).So my question is what is better in identifying schools to apply to? Rankings? Name? Or strength in said area?Thanks!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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