Firstly, I am aware that the community doesn't like these questions as they depend on a lot of variables and specific programmes, however all of the programmes I am interested in have told me they don't have admitted student profiles, so I would really appreciate some resources that I could consult or if anyone here has done a PhD poli sci and could give feedback as to what, generally speaking, improves competitiveness for Doctoral programmes. Obviously it varies, but just ball parking it. What are some things students who are interested should keep in mind?
I have tried emailing and calling all the institutions. As I said, I would be doing my PhD in Political Science, with an emphasis on International Relations, specific Far East Asian studies. The places I'm interested in are NYU(was accepted into their MA IR), Stanford and Columbia. As I said, they all told me they didn't have anything online where I could compare my credentials/GRE/GPA to admitted students.
Background: I have an MA in Linguistics with Merit from the University of Glasgow(equivalent to US 3.7). I'm originally from the states. Appreciate any support that could be given. If you need any clarification on anything, feel free to let me know.
Edit: Should note my Gre Scores, 156 Verbal, 142 Quant(weak spot I know), 4.5 writing.
Research Experience: None.
I also currently have an admit to USC's price for my MPA, still deciding if I want to do that or defer for a year and try to go straight for PhD next year.
I got a similar post Put on hold for being too specific and not general enough, however, as I said before, if you know of other resources or directions to point me in for information, please feel free to share. There's other posts that have been made on this site with similar questions/concepts and don't get removed. Advice - MS in mathematics to increase competitiveness for PhD programs?
So again, if you're one of the users who voted my OG question as offtopic, let me know how it's offtopic for an academia website/point me to a better website/forum for help. I have tried here, Gradcafe, Reddit, contacting the individual institutions, etc. I just need help. Please.