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Nov14, 2018

#WeAreElliott: Joe Florino

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 14, 2018

Joe Florino is in his second year of my MA program in Security Policy Studies. He is currently interning with the State Department, and have interned at two think tanks earlier this year: Hudson Institute here in Washington DC and Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi, India. Before joining GWU, Joe received his BA in Criminal Justice with a minor in International Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University and interned with ATF in New Jersey. Where do you currently work, intern or voluntee...
Nov14, 2018

2019 Admissions Guideline: Analytical Essay

By Johns Hopkins University |November 14, 2018

The Analytical Essay topic is, to put it bluntly, pretty vague:Discuss an issue of national or international importance and its concern to you.Not surprisingly, we get a lot of questions about this: topic, format, word limit, etc. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive. What is the format of this essay?There is no one format for writing this essay. Some applicants write op-ed style essays, others write their essay in the form of a policy memo, and some even ...
Nov14, 2018

2018 Previous Application Review Notes – Post #15

By Harvard |November 14, 2018

This post will conclude the application review notes series for this cycle with some further advice to consider when piecing together an application. Do not assume Admissions Committee members will be familiar with acronyms. Every organization uses acronyms, HKS is certainly no exception, and hearing or seeing them every day can lead to common usage in conversations and other communications. However, we review applications submitted by nationals of over 140 countries who work in a variety of di...
Nov13, 2018

Career planning and the Master of International Business (MIB) program

By Tufts University |November 13, 2018

Longtime readers will know Lucas from past blog contributions. Over the past few years, Lucas has become our primary in-house application process and information systems expert (and we continue to turn to him to remind us how to do things, whether he likes it or not). He’s also taken on a new role working with our international business degree program. Lucas will drop in on the blog periodically to highlight the various goings-on within the program, as well as with the Institute for Busine...
Nov13, 2018

Hopkins-Nanjing Center Student Band

By Johns Hopkins University |November 13, 2018

Student blogger Sam Olson, Master of Arts in International Studies ’20, introduces the student band and discusses how it adds to the student experience and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s mission. Band playing at the Mid -Autumn Festival barbequeOutside of the classroom, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts a variety of student groups that enrich student life, such as basketball, the dragon boat team, and moot court. Although maybe not as well-known as some of the other groups, one activity in...
Nov13, 2018

Quantitative Coursework at SIPA: Yes, you will pass

By Columbia University |November 13, 2018

I remember when I first looked at the core requirements for SIPA: Microeconomics Macroeconomics Quantitative Analysis I saw those three classes and I immediately thought “Am I cut out for this?” For context, I attended a small liberal arts college where I majored in Government and History. During my four years of undergrad, I took […]...
Nov13, 2018

2018 New Student Information – Post #4

By Harvard |November 13, 2018

This is the fourth in a series of posts on some of the biographical and background information of our new students starting this year. Links to the full series are at the end of this entry. This post is specific to new MPA/ID students that have joined us this year. MPA/ID Previous Employment SectorMPA/ID Average Years of Work Experience: 4.1 years (most experienced candidate, 14 years experience)MPA/ID Average Age:  28.4 yearsMPA/ID Female: 37%MPA/ID Male: 63%MPA/ID Domestic: 19.1%MPA/ID ...
Nov12, 2018

2019 Admissions Guideline: Transcripts

By Johns Hopkins University |November 12, 2018

We get a lot of questions in the Admissions Office about transcripts: where to send them, what formats we accept, if we require translations and/or evaluations, etc. Here are some answers to those questions.What does “official transcripts” mean?An official transcript is issued to Johns Hopkins SAIS from the college, either electronically (via a service such as eScrip) or in hard copy (paper).  To make the process quicker, we prefer receiving transcripts electronically from your school; ...
Nov12, 2018

Fall 2018 News and Notes – Post #13

By Harvard |November 12, 2018

Numbers are a big part of my job. I really like running reports and studying data, and as far as I am concerned the pivot table is right up there with the wheel in terms of being one of the greatest innovations of all time.This entry is not meant to induce panic, I just thought applicants might like a peek at some live data in our system regarding letters of recommendation. Much like applicants, those who compose letters of recommendation often wait until right before the deadline to submit. At ...
Nov12, 2018

Join Us in Honoring Veterans

By Princeton University |November 12, 2018

Join Us in Honoring VeteransNov 11, 2018Princeton University will observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 12 with a program in the University Chapel that begins at 8:30am. All are welcome. On Tuesday, November 13, the Center for International Security Studies, one of the Woodrow Wilson School’s 19 centers and programs, will host a veterans panel “Inter-generational Perspectives on War.” The event is open to the public and begins at 4:30pm in Robertson Hall 016.  Image credit to the Princ...
Nov11, 2018

Buy a Cup of Joe at Starbucks on Sunday and Support U.S. Military Families

By Princeton University |November 11, 2018

Buy a Cup of Joe at Starbucks on Sunday and Support U.S. Military Families Nov 11, 2018This Veterans Day Blue Star Families, founded by MPA alumna Kathy Roth-Douquet ‘91, will receive a 15-cent donation for every brewed cup of coffee sold at company-owned Starbucks stores on Sunday, November 11.   Image credits to Blue Star Families website ...
Nov10, 2018

Scholarship Opportunities of Interest

By Columbia University |November 10, 2018

SIPA’s Office of Financial Aid maintains a searchable database of scholarships and provides links to other free scholarship search sites here. We encourage all applicants to search for these funding opportunities throughout the application process and even once they are enrolled. Here are upcoming opportunities that may be of interest to some students: American Association of […]...
Nov09, 2018

A Foreign Service Officer walks into a bar…stop me if you’ve heard this one

By Tufts University |November 9, 2018

Any line of work has its points of repetition. McDonald’s cashiers take a lot of orders for Big Macs, flight attendants can do the safety procedures shtick in their sleep, and Death Star platform workers quickly learn when to duck if they want to make it in a tough industry. Admissions officers read a lot of application essays. Like, a whole lot. Unsurprisingly, many of them cover similar themes. As fall application deadlines approach, I hope a brief discussion of some of the more common t...
Nov09, 2018

A Foreign Service Officer walks into a bar…stop me if you’ve heard this one

By Tufts University |November 9, 2018

Any line of work has its points of repetition. McDonald’s cashiers take a lot of orders for Big Macs, flight attendants can do the safety procedures shtick in their sleep, and Death Star platform workers quickly learn when to duck if they want to make it in a tough industry. Admissions officers read a lot of application essays. Like, a whole lot. Unsurprisingly, many of them cover similar themes. As fall application deadlines approach, I hope a brief discussion of some of the more common t...
Nov09, 2018

A Foreign Service Officer walks into a bar…stop me if you’ve heard this one

By Tufts University |November 9, 2018

Any line of work has its points of repetition. McDonald’s cashiers take a lot of orders for Big Macs, flight attendants can do the safety procedures shtick in their sleep, and Death Star platform workers quickly learn when to duck if they want to make it in a tough industry. Admissions officers read a lot of application essays. Like, a whole lot. Unsurprisingly, many of them cover similar themes. As fall application deadlines approach, I hope a brief discussion of some of the more common t...
Nov09, 2018

Application Pro Tip – Policy Memo

By Princeton University |November 9, 2018

Application Pro Tip - Policy MemoNov 9, 2018Applicants ask us all the time to give guidance on our request for a policy memo as a part of the application. This blog serves to do just that. In short, take it one step at a time. Yes, we read them. Yes, we look to see if they’re logical. Yes, we notice spelling and grammar mistakes. Yes, we can tell when the memo is a recycled term paper. Yes, we know when they’re too long. Yes, it’s obvious when something is copy-pasted from somewhere else. ...
Nov09, 2018

Fall 2018 News and Notes – Post #12

By Harvard |November 9, 2018

It is important to understand that there are actually two steps involved in submitting your on-line admission application. First you will submit your application and second you will pay the application fee. It is especially important to note these two steps if submitting your application late in the process. Once you submit your application, you will have access to your Applicant Status Page. This page contains important information regarding the status of your application as well as a link tha...
Nov08, 2018

2019 Admissions Guideline: Statement of Purpose

By Johns Hopkins University |November 8, 2018

The Statement of Purpose essay (sometimes also referred to as the Personal Statement) is an integral piece of your application. I like to think of the Statement of Purpose as the keystone of an application - when executed well, it pulls all those pieces together to create a cohesive whole.So, what is the Statement of Purpose? It's your story. Who you are, where you are, where you're going, and how Johns Hopkins SAIS fits into that picture. Your Statement of Purpose is how you personalize your ap...
Nov08, 2018

Application Pro Tip – Reapplication

By Princeton University |November 8, 2018

Application Pro Tip - Reapplication Nov 8, 2018We welcome reapplications to the Woodrow Wilson School. We want people in our cohorts who want to be in our cohorts, and certainly one way of demonstrating this interest in our School is to reapply. If you have applied before, and should you choose to reapply to the Woodrow Wilson School, please consider the following: - Do not send the exact same application! This is the surest way to ensure the same result. While it may be appropriate to re-use po...
Nov08, 2018

#ElliottProud: Jacob Hart

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 8, 2018

Jacob Hart is a research assistant with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He received his MA in European and Eurasian Studies at GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs and his BA from the University of Kentucky. Before joining NATO PA, he spent a year in the Senate as a Legislative Correspondent and completed internships on Capitol Hill as well as with the Center for European Policy Analysis.   Describe your current position and what are your primary responsibilities? Currently, I am se...
Nov08, 2018

Why Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy concentration is the right “fit” for Jake Sprang MIA ’19

By Columbia University |November 8, 2018

Thanks to SIPA student Jake Sprang MIA ’19, Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy concentration, for this guest post. You can read the case for the Urban and Social Policy concentration from Dylan Hoey MPA’19 here. When I was applying to graduate school, I focused above all on finding the right “fit.” I was looking for a […]...
Nov08, 2018

2019 Application Cycle Fellowship/Scholarship Information – Post #10

By Harvard |November 8, 2018

HKS boasts one of Harvard’s most international student populations, and it is only fitting that our funding resources for students mirrors that diversity. This blog entry is part of the ongoing Student Financial Services (SFS) financial aid series highlighting varied fellowship opportunities. Several posts in the series will highlight fellowships associated with regions and this post provides information on resources for applicants from Latin America or who are of Latin American background.  ...
Nov07, 2018

#WeAreElliott: Cristina Guevara

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 7, 2018

Cristina Guevara is a second-year graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs, pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Communication with a concentration in International Development. She is interested in human rights and sustainable development, with a particular focus on Latin America. Last spring, she worked at George Washington University’s Institute for Corporate Responsibility, researching best practices and new technologies in sustainable development. This past summer,...
Nov07, 2018

Mitch dishes on dual degrees

By Tufts University |November 7, 2018

We’ve been happy to welcome Mitch, a current MALD student and friend of Admissions, back to Fletcher this fall. Mitch has worked a lot with our office during his time at Fletcher, serving as a student representative on the Admissions Committee and volunteering for all manner of Admissions outreach activities. Mitch is also a bit unique in that he’s completing a dual MALD/MBA degree path with Fletcher and The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Fletcher has a variety of partnerships...
Nov07, 2018

Comparing the Master of Arts in International Studies and the HNC Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA

By Johns Hopkins University |November 7, 2018

We hear from many students that they are debating between applying for the Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS) or the HNC Certificate + Johns Hopkins SAIS MA. Both will prepare you for the next steps in your career, but there are significant differences in the study experience. Below, we have outlined the strengths of both options and we hope that this helps guide you in determining which program is the best fit for you. Master of Arts in International Studies The MAIS program is a gr...
Nov07, 2018

Fall 2018 News and Notes – Post #11

By Harvard |November 7, 2018

Our application deadline is just a few weeks away and as a part this ongoing series we will be providing information about the submission and processing of applications. For a broad overview of the entire process of admission and financial aid consideration, see our application flow chart.  Once an applicant has filled in all the parts of the online application and uploaded the necessary documents, the last page displayed is the application review page. This is your opportunity to make sure yo...
Nov06, 2018

2019 Admissions Guideline: Work Experience

By Johns Hopkins University |November 6, 2018

Most of our students coming into Johns Hopkins SAIS enter with at least 1-2 years of work experience. We often get questions about how much work experience is needed to apply. Let me break it down for you based on some of the most frequently asked questions.What exactly is considered work experience?Work experience is a full-time job. We value internships and volunteer experience, which you can include in your resume/CV portion, but the term "work experience" specifically means professional expe...
Nov06, 2018

What does voting mean to SIPA students during this midterm election?

By Columbia University |November 6, 2018

SIPA is closed today for the 2018 U.S. elections. This is a midterm election, meaning it takes place halfway through a president’s four-year term. Today, voters across the country will go to the polls to for positions from Congress all the way to local school board members. Over the last few weeks, SIPA students have […]...
Nov06, 2018

2018 Previous Application Review Notes – Post #14

By Harvard |November 6, 2018

This post is a continuation of a series focused on providing advice on putting together an application. The goal is not to provide a specific template for how to construct an application, my hope is that my thoughts will help applicants reflect on ways to highlight their own personal motivations and experiences in unique ways; ways that connect with Admissions Committee members. I do not mean to communicate that there is a single way to effectively put together an application, but I will try to ...
Nov05, 2018

Jennifer Ryan Safsel ’89 Named YMCA New Rochelle CEO

By Syracuse University |November 5, 2018

Jennifer Ryan Safsel ’89 BA (PSt) is the chief executive officer of the New Rochelle (NY) YMCA. Safsel will lead the YMCA’s fundraising initiatives, staff development, and youth and family programming. She served as the director of development and community relations for Hope’s Door, a domestic violence non-profit in Westchester County, NY. Safsel is also a member of the Westchester’s Women Agenda and the Business Council of Westchester. ...