Correction: interviews are NOT required (the director meant to say they do "NOT" require interviews).
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.
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...
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.
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?
Whoa this thread is a lot more active now!
University: cum laude from top 25 school - religious studies (south asian) and international development policy
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.
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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