went_away Posted October 6, 2017 Share Posted October 6, 2017 (edited) Sadly, we don't get enough data or rankings on the success or otherwise of graduate schools of international affairs. So below I present my unscientific and personal rankings, based on the amount and quality of career options afforded to students, the academic experience, resources devoted to education (including scholarships), and general calibre of the program. Also based on the notorious William and Mary rankings, US News and World Report rankings of the overall university (it has a halo effect on every school), my visits to schools, endowment size per student, LinkedIn research, personal interactions with grads at work functions, and happy hour mixers in DC/NYC. I really wish international and public affairs schools had the same scrutiny placed on them as law schools and business schools do (Poets and Quants does a GREAT job of analyzing biz school performance). Accountability is long overdue in so much of higher education, especially professional schools. 1. Princeton Wilson (scholarship money for everybody!! super shady insider deals with elite government agencies to place students!! fast track to PMF positions! Big 3 consulting gigs normally only open to MBAs!!!!) 2. Yale Jackson (scholarship money for nearly everybody!! super rich parent university! elite connections galore!) 3. Georgetown (only the MSFS degree) (scholarship money for nearly nobody! best reputation of the bunch in this specialty. strong network throughout the US government, fading fast) 4. Fletcher - SIPA - SAIS (tie) (YMMV, great schools, these 3 generally set the standard for what an MA in International Affairs should be, WAY too expensive, generally overrated for what they can actually do for your career) 7. GW Elliot (HUGE variance in student quality and outcomes, evening program, doesn't have the community or elite cachet of any of the above, still a good program with many resources) 8. American SIS (those who hustle here can do just as well as grads of the elite programs) 9. Denver Korbel (ditto American, but tough to hustle in Denver) 10. Pittsburgh GSPIA (very impressed with what I've seen of this school) Unranked: Kennedy School (not enough of their grads or program seems focused on international affairs vs domestic policy. If I did rank, I'd probably put it in third place between Yale and Georgetown). Thoughts? Edited October 6, 2017 by went_away Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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