I recently got admittance from Stanford MS&E school for MS in Operations Research and Harvard Kennedy School for MPP. I know they are very different programs. So I'd really appreciate opinions from you guys who know about either programs.
Here's a brief description of myself and my goals: I am an international student who completed undergraduate degrees in Biochem and Econ (and a policy studies concentration) in a liberal arts college. I applied to OR and MPP programs bc I know I love doing sth related to system design and system improvement.
My understanding is that OR MS programs usually fit more into private policy design (ie, consulting firms design management strategies for start-up companies), whereas MPP is really "public" policy stuff, providing graduates opportunities to participate in large national and international projects of policy anlaysis.
I do not know more about these two fields though. So additionally, if anyone may tell me more about these practice areas and how OR or MPP fit into them, it will be very helpful to me. Also, as any international student who faces work visa sponsorship issues, I'd like to hear any perspectives on job placement for intl students as well.