Can I get into these schools with a 3.5 GPA?
The George Washington University
Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government
The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master of Science in Political Science
Stanford University Master in International Relations
Tufts University’s Fletcher School
University of Colorado Boulder Master of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations and Comparative Politics
Yale University International and Development Economics (IDE) M.A
That said, you’re listing the top schools in the country where you will be competing (easily) with hundreds of kids with 4.0 GPAs. You will definitely need to be very strong in other areas. Being in ROTC helps as well as being in the NHS. Do you have other extracurricular activities? Any internships or career-related jobs? Did you do research or special projects with any of your professors? Did you did well on your GRE? That is what will put you at a level to compete with the “perfect students” who will undoubtedly be applying to those same schools.
That said, if you have the money, I would go for it and apply. If you’re on a budget (as I suspect you are), pick 4 or 5 of the above schools and give it a shot. Some of the schools you listed I’m not super familiar with… I’m not sure how competitive Colorado is nor SAIS, but the rest are top notch.
A good idea is to apply to 3-5 tough schools and then about 3-5 less competitive schools that you’re sure you can get into. That will give you a better chance at landing a spot at some place. Who knows, Tufts might accept you but give you crappy money whereas some other school might give you a full ride for the same (or similar) degree. It’s up to you. It’s always good to have options!
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