5 Year BA/MPA vs. Traditional Path/M.A in IR Am I competitive

<p>Hi Guys,</p>

<p>I have 3 semesters left for my undergrad degree in Individualized Study at NYU, with a concentration in International Relations, Economics and the Global Financial Crisis.</p>

<p>I am very interested in pursuing either an MPA/MPP or and MA in IR after undergrad.</p>

<p>Currently I have a 3.5 cumulative, with a 3.925 in my major, with 3 semesters remaining. I will be studying abroad this Fall in central Europe, and am interning at a microfinance fund in Cape Town, South Africa this summer. So far I have had internships on the Hill, an NGO, and a Hedge Fund. I also speak Spanish fluently (spent two summers in Spain), studied Mandarin for two years, and may try Russian while abroad.</p>

<p>I have the opportunity to enter a combined BA/MPA 5 year program at NYU Wagner with numerous specializations offered. I am likely interested in specializing in either international policy or public policy analysis. However, I am not very quantitatively oriented and thus am concerned about the statistics/econometrics content of some MPP programs.</p>

<p>Can you please compare any knowledge you have about the Wagner program contrasted against Georgetown, SIPA, KSG, and LSE. Am I competitive at all for these programs?</p>

<p>I am waiting to find out if I need to take GREs for the dual degree at NYU, but as far as I can tell, it is automatic admission based on finishing 28 credits while in undergrad. Although I only need 3 semesters to graduate, I only entered in Fall 2008, so I do still have 4 if I wish, allowing me sufficient time to finish all the requirements, in addition to the core courses I have taken so far, which I have done very well in.</p>

<p>Thanks for your responses in advance. Cheers.</p>