Potential Master's Programs
I've looked into master's degree programs and I'm settled on three that I'm applying for so far for sure:
1. McGill for a MA in Political Science with an emphasis in international development,
2. Oxford (shoot high baby) for a MPhil in International Development, or an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, or an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy,
3. The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies for an MA in any one of their programs! Literally any of them.
... and a mural I walked past as I contemplated my future:
Pros for each: 1. McGill is close to home, Montreal is bilingual, I know I'm almost guaranteed to get a fantastic scholarship, and I've long pictured myself going to McGill. 2. Oxford has the name and I'll most likely be able to find a job anywhere afterwards. 3. The third option is in the heart of Geneva and surrounded by every single international organization and UN body I could dream of working for, it's bilingual, and literally all the course options interest me.
Cons for each: 1. McGill is a Master's in political science, not international development, so it's not exactly what I'm looking for. 2. Oxford is just in english, I'm not particularly drawn to England, and it's hella far from home. 3. GIIDS is not well-known like the other two, or at least I don't think so, and it's hella far as well! Usually being far away wouldn't bother me, but after doing my undergrad removed from the family, it might be nice to enjoy the next few years around my grandma and such.
I need to learn more about the difference between an MPhil and an MSc. From what I understand, some Master's programs in Europe are two years (research-based) or one year (and purely academically focused?). I wonder if the programs are treated differently by PhD programs and employers.
Here are the websites to find more info:
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