flyer: "Atican: My point was that the ceiling for an entry-level career is pretty similar regardless of school in this field..."
Well, I think that very statement is a bit off. The assumption for 80%+ of incoming students at IR/MPP/MPA programs is that they are exiting entry-level positions and ready to advance their careers beyond that. I work at a think tank, and the only MAs in entry-level positions I know of are from GW and Whitehead. One of the most basic assumptions working where I do in an entry-level position is that you're leaving in 2-3 years to go to grad school (whether MBA, JD, or MIA/MPP/MPA).
superseiyan: "The level/grouping/recognition fo the school is important. The *name* and *prestige* of a school though is vastly overrated. It impresses fellow message board posters, and other students more than it does actual employers and clients in the workplace."
The "level/grouping/recognition", as you put it, is just another way of making generalizations about a school's name and prestige. You're saying Harvard won't impress more than AU? You're deluding yourself.