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As an update: Pitt rejected my PHD offer but offered me a second masters in Security & Intelligence Studies...but the first year is unfunded.

Thoughts? I would love another masters especially since this one is so different from my current masters program (European Union Studies). 

But the thought of taking on another $30k in loans kills my little old heart. 

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I got into Maryland Holy shit I thought I was going to strike out. I'm so freaking happy right now. I actually don't have to go back to Japan now to do PhD work.

She said Yes!!! She is Yale. Claiming an admit, slightly hysterically.  Edit: notified by POI email. 

^ Seek professional help. That goes for anyone that is expressing significant depression symptoms, and definitely suicidal thoughts. Your mental health is way more important than god damn gr

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47 minutes ago, katieb93 said:

As an update: Pitt rejected my PHD offer but offered me a second masters in Security & Intelligence Studies...but the first year is unfunded.

Thoughts? I would love another masters especially since this one is so different from my current masters program (European Union Studies). 

But the thought of taking on another $30k in loans kills my little old heart. 

Since you already have a Masters, I think it's a bad idea to get into any debt to get another one. 

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katieb93, i wouldn't. what's your end goal for the PhD - academia? If so, multiple thousands in loans isn't a good move. the market is tight and it will take forever to pay off (not sure how grand Pitt's placement record is either?) 

if you're interested in security studies generally, i'd really recommend working at a D.C. think tank. you get the equivalent research/writing experience to a second masters, but with the benefit of publishing in unique places. and! you get paid. :) ISW tends to to cycle through russia experts with relative speed - maybe worth a look?

 

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8 hours ago, katieb93 said:

As an update: Pitt rejected my PHD offer but offered me a second masters in Security & Intelligence Studies...but the first year is unfunded.

Thoughts? I would love another masters especially since this one is so different from my current masters program (European Union Studies). 

But the thought of taking on another $30k in loans kills my little old heart. 

Try to publish something in a peer-reviewed journal and apply for an internship. They will help you more than an additional master's degree. 

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1 hour ago, Sheldon2017 said:

You don't have to really publish it. Even if you get a revise and resubmit request, it still is better than doing a second master for 30k

I turned my MA thesis into a paper, submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. Got an R&R, resubmitted and got accepted. Unfortunately, the acceptance came a couple of months too late for my PhD applications...

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8 hours ago, Asaid said:

How's this possible in a year?

It's definitely possible. I published a research seminar article of mine in 9 months. Submitted in late August, got a R&R in October, re-submitted after a week from the R&R prompt and was accepted in early December. Of course, it's not in a top-notch journal like APSR or AJPS, but I'd say it did boost my CV.

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6 hours ago, dr.strange said:

It's definitely possible. I published a research seminar article of mine in 9 months. Submitted in late August, got a R&R in October, re-submitted after a week from the R&R prompt and was accepted in early December. Of course, it's not in a top-notch journal like APSR or AJPS, but I'd say it did boost my CV.

how do you do this if you are not affiliated with an academic institution (i.e. you've been out of school for a year or so)?

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53 minutes ago, Neo_Institutionalist said:

how do you do this if you are not affiliated with an academic institution (i.e. you've been out of school for a year or so)?

As your work will go through blinded peer-review, anyone with a good piece of work *theoretically* should be able to publish. Of course, being out of school means that you might not be able to receive feedback from professors/ lecturers , but that per se should not bar you from publishing. 

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19 minutes ago, politicalScience said:

Same here. My application cycle is now officially over.

Same. I feel a bit weird because I applied to their MA before and was rejected. To me it's a bit unfair to the master applicants because they might have to compete with the PhD applicants for a place in the MA.
Anyway, this short rant aside, my cycle on the US side is over. Waiting on funding decisions from some UK schools before I can wrap this cycle up..

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19 minutes ago, CandyCanes said:

Has anyone else not heard back from Chicago yet? I'm guessing I got rejected from their PhD program, but I'm wondering why they're taking so long to tell me.

Yup!  I got into MAPSS (I posted earlier, but panic-hid the post when no one else posted, and only then realized "hide" = "delete" on these forums...)

But it was an email, so you might still have hope :)

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25 minutes ago, Ayerbender said:

Yup!  I got into MAPSS (I posted earlier, but panic-hid the post when no one else posted, and only then realized "hide" = "delete" on these forums...)

But it was an email, so you might still have hope :)

Did you mean you didn't hear back from their PhD program and only recently heard back for MAPSS?

Why did you panic hide when nobody else posted?

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6 minutes ago, CandyCanes said:

Did you mean you didn't hear back from their PhD program and only recently heard back for MAPSS?

Why did you panic hide when nobody else posted?

I didn't hear back from the PhD program, no.  But I was told it's an either/or: you don't get admitted both (which makes sense)

Because I overthink everything, have impostor syndrome, and am very, very dumb...

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