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    Thanks for the info. Did you email them to ask the status?

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    Correction: interviews are NOT required (the director meant to say they do "NOT" require interviews).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeea View Post
    Thanks for the info. Did you email them to ask the status?
    Yup, I didn't actually expect such a quick response. The program director seems nice. But too bad they don't do interviews so basically we won't hear back from them until the first week of March. You applied to Harris too?

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    Another PhD Public Policy applicant here!

    It'd be interesting to hear what kind of profiles do you guys have and where are you applying?

    GRE? Previous studies? Grades? Work experience?

    I applied to Princeton (STEP concentration), Berkeley, Duke, Harris and Michigan.

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    GRE: 168Q, 162V, 4.5AW
    Studies: Bachelor in engineering & graduate studies in economics, policy and the environment (also a Master's degree)
    Grades: mostly top 10-20% of the class in grad and undergrad level
    Work/research experience: mostly alongside with studies, 1.5-2 years of pretty relevant stuff overall

    Princeton would be a dream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodriguez View Post
    Another PhD Public Policy applicant here!

    It'd be interesting to hear what kind of profiles do you guys have and where are you applying?

    GRE? Previous studies? Grades? Work experience?[\QUOTE]

    Princeton would be a dream...
    My profile isn't very strong but I thought I'd try anyway. I applied to Harris and Kennedy only, and a bunch of business programs. Only after I filled out the app form for Princeton did I realize that its MPP program was really not for students but for mid-career professionals in the public sector (min. 7 years work experience, unless you were already a lawyer).

    Undergrad: Economics (3.85)
    Grad: MA Economics (in progress, no GPA yet)
    GRE: 166Q, 167V, 4.0AW
    Work: 5 different paid internships (20 months in total), but only 1 internship is related to public policy

    I'd be super happy with just an unfunded offer from Harvard. I'd go, even if I had to take out a loan.

    But these programs usually send out decisions in March. I don't think I will be able to wait until them.

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    I've got a question for you all, especially those who are applying to business schools as well as public policy.. This is something I've been wrestling with for a while. I really dig a lot of the research that's being done in business schools, and in particular, marketing departments. I did a PhD seminar for 1st and 2nd year marketing students at a top ~30 program during my senior year of undergrad and found it really interesting. I love the integration of economics, psychology, and statistics and it seems to me that public policy programs are inherently interdisciplinary in that way (perhaps more so). I find the research being done by Bradlow and Fader at Wharton on customer analytics to be pretty awesome, as one example. It seems to me that this sort of research, and some of the stuff going on in machine learning, could easily translate to public policy research (e.g. "big data"). Where the marketing folks are modeling consumer attitudes and preferences in the technology industry for example, it seems the same could be done for, say, patient attitudes and preferences in health care (or even take a provider perspective). At the same time, I worry (worry isn't the right word exactly) that getting a PhD in Marketing might pigeon-hole me as a "marketer" or something, while a PhD in Public Policy or the equivalent is more open. And I'm wondering about career prospects about each, especially with regard to non-academic placement.

    So how do you see the relationship? And where are the Bradlow and Fader equivalents in the public policy space?

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    Whoa this thread is a lot more active now!

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    University: cum laude from top 25 school - religious studies (south asian) and international development policy
    Grad: none
    Publications/Presentations: 1 academic publication (not first author), 1 academic presentation at national conference, other professional publications and presentations
    Work: 1 year academic research, 1 year managing academic research consortium, 1 year market research, co-founder of social enterprise

    My biggest weakness is my GRE scores - mostly quant - was hoping to avoid retaking it but hopefully that will be an easy fix if nothing works out this year

    My interests lie at the intersection of international development and business, and unfortunately there's not a whole lot of research being done in this area. So it was challenging finding places to apply to and of course it's only the top programs that are remotely interested in this type of research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTemp View Post
    . At the same time, I worry (worry isn't the right word exactly) that getting a PhD in Marketing might pigeon-hole me as a "marketer" or something, while a PhD in Public Policy or the equivalent is more open. And I'm wondering about career prospects about each, especially with regard to non-academic placement.

    So how do you see the relationship? And where are the Bradlow and Fader equivalents in the public policy space?
    It really probably depends on what you want to ultimately do. Both are good degrees for academic research and private industry jobs. But there are a lot more business schools than public policy schools - so for academic positions it might be easier to get a position at a business school than public policy school. Then again, you can probably get a job at either school with either degree. So it's really a toss up. I would just apply to a mix of both and go with the place that has the best research fit.

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    So how do you see the relationship? And where are the Bradlow and Fader equivalents in the public policy space?
    I agree with what hailmarry said. And business profs on average have higher salaries than econ profs (and possibly public policy profs). In terms of placement, business fields definitely will be ahead of public policy, until the number of public policy programs start growing, which I believe it will.

    I understand the dilemma/debate many of you have with yourself, as you are working and have other attachments. Whether or not to give up everything and pursue doctoral studies is a big life decision to make. But I am in a different situation where it would just be a natural segue into doctoral studies, given that I've never really been out of school (internships don't count :P), and the fact that I didn't even apply to any jobs. I could choose not to do a phd and get a job, but then I will have to find a job first, which will leave me fictionally unemployed for a while at least.

    My concern is to first get into some programs so that I have options to choose from. That's why I am applying to both business and policy programs; this way, I am both giving myself more options and at the same time letting the schools decide whether I am a "fit" for their programs. Without getting any offers to being with, I guess all the talk about "decision" would be moot. :P

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    Anyone hear any news yet?

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