te0493 Posted September 4, 2016 Share Posted September 4, 2016 I am a prospective applicant for PhD programs in Political Science (IR / emphasis on East Asia) for the Fall 2017 application season. I would appreciate any eval of my profile and/or tips on the application process in general. BA in International Relations and East Asian Area Studies from top25 school GPA: 3.6 GRE scores: not yet taken Research experience: RA for 2 yrs for faculty project with undergrad research grant, research fellow at institute + presented twice at undergrad research conference on Korean studies Took 2 gap years (this is currently my 2nd). Worked at an Asia-studies related non-profit and now a legal assistant at an immigration law firm. I realize work experience not related directly to research is irrelevant to PhD. Did NOT complete a BA thesis. Prospective LOR's - research advisors (1- tenured, highly recognized in field, 2-tenure-track prof) - did not take their class, (1) tenure-track professor whose class I did take Some additional questions--- 1. Is it bad to have LOR's more from research advisors rather than profs whose classes you took? I personally know my research advisors better and feel that they can speak for my research skills/work ethic better. 2. Is there an efficient way to find out about program-specific rankings? I am looking at US news & world and certain schools I thought were better are ranked much lower. 3. What are my chances at acceptance in top20-25 schools? I realize that my GPA is not too high and I don't have GRE scores yet.. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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