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Nov24, 2020

A Message from the Dean: Mayor David N. Dinkins

By Columbia University |November 24, 2020

Dear Members of the SIPA community, It is with great sadness that today we mourn the loss of one of… Read More A Message from the Dean: Mayor David N. Dinkins...
Nov24, 2020

2021 Admissions Guideline: Transcripts

By Johns Hopkins University |November 24, 2020

 We get a lot of questions in the Admissions Office about transcripts such as, where to send them, what formats we accept, if we require translations and/or evaluations, etc. This blog covers answers to some of those frequently asked questions. What do “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 receivi...
Nov24, 2020

2021 Admissions Guideline: Standardized Tests

By Johns Hopkins University |November 24, 2020

 2021 Admissions Guideline: Standardized Tests As you are getting your application together, you may be thinking about the standardized tests and language competency exams. We get a lot of questions about them and wanted to demystify them for you. Are Standardized Tests Optional? For some, submitting GRE and GMAT scores is optional. Only our Masters of International Economics and Finance (MIEF) applicants, as well as our PhD applicants are now required to submit scores*. If you decide...
Nov24, 2020

Intro to International Fellows Program Pt. 2: Meet the IFP Program Assistants, Kara and Lance

By Columbia University |November 24, 2020

Welcome to the final post of our two-part series introducing the International Fellows Program (IFP)! This post will provide insights… Read More Intro to International Fellows Program Pt. 2: Meet the IFP Program Assistants, Kara and Lance...
Nov24, 2020

Fall 2020 Application Advice Notes – Post #14

By Harvard |November 24, 2020

After each admissions cycle the Admissions Committees for each program reflect back to determine if changes could be made to improve the review process. The MPP, Two-Year MPA, MC/MPA and MC/Mason Committees decided to add the following two essay prompts for this cycle. Expectations EssayDescribe a time when you did not meet expectations and elaborate on how the experience changed you. (250 Word limit)Perspectives EssayDescribe a time when interactions with others and/or an experience caused you...
Nov23, 2020

Intro to International Fellows Program Pt. 1: Meet Prof. Sestanovich

By Columbia University |November 23, 2020

Welcome to the first of our two-part series introducing the International Fellows Program (IFP)! This post will provide insights from… Read More Intro to International Fellows Program Pt. 1: Meet Prof. Sestanovich...
Nov23, 2020

Intro to International Fellows Program Pt. 1: Meet Prof. Sestanovich

By Columbia University |November 23, 2020

Welcome to the first of our two-part series introducing the International Fellows Program (IFP)! This post will provide insights from… Read More Intro to International Fellows Program Pt. 1: Meet Prof. Sestanovich...
Nov22, 2020

Joint HKS MPA/ID and HBS MBA 2017: Sheila Kyarisiima

By Harvard |November 22, 2020

Sheila Kyarisiima (MPA/ID 2017, HBS MBA 2017) came to HKS with an undergraduate background in engineering along with work experience on Wall Street and at the Rwanda Development Board. Her unique combination of interests led her to pursue a joint degree with Harvard Business School. We asked Sheila to think back to her time as a joint degree student in the MPA/ID Program and reflect on how it shaped her career as a development professional in East Africa.Image Caption: Profile photo of Sheila Ky...
Nov20, 2020

Spring decisions for MIA/MPA/MPA-DP have been released; and an application tips post roundup

By Columbia University |November 20, 2020

Decisions for the MIA/MPA/MPA-DP Spring term applicants released yesterday, and while we’ve been meeting and chatting with many of you… Read More Spring decisions for MIA/MPA/MPA-DP have been released; and an application tips post roundup...
Nov20, 2020

Fall 2020 Application News and Notes – Post #10

By Harvard |November 20, 2020

A sure sign the application deadline is not far away - I spend a day away from checking email and return to this icon above my Outlook email account. Image Caption: Screenshot of Microsoft Outlook Email Notification on Mobile Phone Based upon emails we are receiving, here is some insight for applicants to consider. Communicating with Our OfficeEmail Only One HKS AccountWhen contacting our office, please send an email to only one account. Sending the same email to multiple accounts can lead to...
Nov19, 2020

From HNC to DC: The COVID-19 Edition

By Johns Hopkins University |November 19, 2020

Student blogger, Brandy Darling (HNC Certificate ‘20 + SAIS MA ‘21), shares her experience transitioning from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center to the Johns Hopkins SAIS campus in Washington, DC to complete the MA(IR) portion of her program. Nanjing City WallThe Academic Transition After writing papers and reading articles in Mandarin for a year at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC), it took me a while to adjust to SAIS DC. The thought process I used for writing a paper in Mandarin do not m...
Nov19, 2020

#ElliottProud: Laurisha Cotton

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 19, 2020

Laurisha Cotton works as a Marketer with Celo, an international blockchain organization. She’s always believed public policy needs and marketing need strong technology and storytelling to be the most effective. At the Elliott School, she graduated from the MA European and Eurasian Studies with a focus on Documentary Film. While in school, she interned at the Department State focusing on public diplomacy. When did you realize you wanted an international career? My mother was in t...
Nov19, 2020

Fletcher introduces new Master in Global Affairs degree

By Tufts University |November 19, 2020

Fletcher is excited to introduce the new Master in Global Affairs (MGA) degree program. The MGA will embody the interdisciplinary and flexible curriculum for which Fletcher has long been known, while providing a focus on subject area specialization and skill building in a particular field. For those prospective students interested in the Fletcher experience who aren’t able to dedicate two years to a full-time student experience, the MGA may be for you. The full-time MGA student will comple...
Nov19, 2020

Fall 2020 Application Advice Notes – Post #13

By Harvard |November 19, 2020

The advice offered in this series on putting together your HKS application has been written through the eyes of those who read applications, and this entry changes course and gives a view of the application process through the eyes of a former HKS student. Diksha Bijlani wrote this entry during the second year of her studies and I thought I would re-post it based on some recent conversations with applicants. She reflected on how she went about composing her MPP essays. Diksha’s entry remind...
Nov18, 2020

Meet Irina Preotescu MIA’21, former United Nations intern and Division 1 tennis student-athlete

By Columbia University |November 18, 2020

What were you doing before you came to SIPA? Before coming to SIPA I worked for the Consulate General of… Read More Meet Irina Preotescu MIA’21, former United Nations intern and Division 1 tennis student-athlete...
Nov18, 2020

Fall 2020 Application Advice Notes – Post #12

By Harvard |November 18, 2020

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 ...
Nov17, 2020

From the PhD desk: an update from Jessica

By Tufts University |November 17, 2020

Swap hats, change email signature, and I’m off! Hello Admissions Blog readers!  It is I – Dan’s Fairy Blogmother! Long story short, for all you newbies, I worked in Admissions until August of 2018, then left for a year, and then returned in August 2019 to help out at Fletcher by working on some projects.  One thing led to another (including a pandemic) and I’m still here. Since returning, aside from the projects I mentioned, I’ve worked about three months in the Office of Student Aff...
Nov17, 2020

Fall 2020 Application News and Notes – Post #9

By Harvard |November 17, 2020

This post continues our series on providing information for applicants leading up to the December 8, 2020 master’s programs admission application deadline. It would also be wise to review our long-term planning series as well as follow our application advice notes series for additional insight on putting together the most competitive application possible. I was running some data in our system and thought I would share a map showing the citizenships noted by those with an application progre...
Nov16, 2020

Japanese TV Political Analyst Compares 2016 and 2020 Election Nights

By University of Denver |November 16, 2020

“It’s not the chaos, but the dark and hostile tone.”Toshihiro Nakayama, one of Japan’s most famous TV political commentators, has covered America’s two Donald Trump elections. In 2016, in surprise, he stopped commentary for more than a minute when the race was called for Trump – a major pause for national television.Wolf Blitzer on Election Night 2016 | CNN screenshotHis discussion of election night 2020 at a recent Korbel School Zoom forum was illuminating. A guest of the Crossley C...
Nov14, 2020

Native American Heritage Month

By Harvard |November 14, 2020

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging provides resources to inform and empower the HKS community to learn, connect, and contribute to a more inclusive campus climate. The following information was shared with the HKS community recently. Native American Heritage Month first began in 1986, when President Ronald Reagan declared the week of November 23rd-30th as “American Indian Week”, Since 1995, every sitting president has issued an annual proclamation, declaring November ...
Nov13, 2020

Fall 2020 Application News and Notes – Post #8

By Harvard |November 13, 2020

This post continues our series on providing useful information for applicants leading up to the December 8, 2020 master’s programs admission application deadline. It would also be wise to review our long-term planning series as well as follow our application advice notes for additional insight into putting together the most competitive application possible. Question: Can I apply to more than one Master’s program at HKS?No, applicants can only apply to one of the four Master’s program...
Nov12, 2020

EU-US Relations – the Maxwell School and Hertie School’s ATLANTIS Dual Degree

By Syracuse University |November 12, 2020

For over a decade, both the Maxwell School and Hertie School in Berlin have been admitting students for a unique transatlantic dual degree focused on preparing graduates for public service careers intent on improving EU-US relations and understanding. Admitted students progress through the ATLANTIS program as a multinational cohort, all beginning in Syracuse. Students are […]...
Nov12, 2020

#ElliottProud: Mohammad T. Kushan

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 12, 2020

Mohammad T. Kushan graduated from the Elliott School in the spring of 2020 with an M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy concentrating on Space Policy. His undergraduate background is in Political Science with a B.A. from UCLA. He began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Oceanic Air Traffic Controller. He and his wife moved to D.C. from the California Bay Area a couple of years ago to pursue an opportunity at FAA headquarters. He is passionate about the ...
Nov12, 2020

New student bloggers: Introducing Kanako

By Tufts University |November 12, 2020

We’ll continue with new student blogger introductions today with Kanako: Hello! This is Kanako Kimura, a 2nd year MALD 2021 from Japan. My concentration is Political Systems and Theories (or International Security) as well as Business Relations. I am excited to share with you my time at Fletcher over this year! In this post, I would like to write about 1) how I become interested in international relations, 2) why I chose to study at Fletcher, and 3) my path prior to Fletcher. How I became...
Nov12, 2020

Fall 2020 Application News and Notes – Post #7

By Harvard |November 12, 2020

We receive many questions regarding the submission of academic transcripts and we hope this post assists with common questions applications often ask. We do not need paper copies of transcripts sent to us via postal mail to review an applicant for admission. Our preference, especially due to complications surrounding COVID-19, is for applicants to upload unofficial copies of their transcripts to the application website. We only request official/paper transcripts to be sent to us by applicants wh...
Nov11, 2020

#WeAreElliott: Chris Riehl

By Elliott School Graduate Admissions |November 11, 2020

Chris Riehl is an International Affairs master’s student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where he studies topics in international security, U.S. foreign policy, and Europe & Eurasia. He currently works at IntegrityRisk International where he conducts compliance and due diligence research on international companies and individuals. Prior to joining IRI, Chris interned at the U.S. House of Representatives, the Meridian International Center...
Nov11, 2020

Upcoming Lecture: Post Election Perspectives

By Columbia University |November 11, 2020

We are so excited about our upcoming mini lecture this Friday. If you haven’t heard, every Friday some of SIPA’s… Read More Upcoming Lecture: Post Election Perspectives...
Nov11, 2020

Election Central – Foreign Policy Impact: U.S. and Japan – Nov. 11

By University of Denver |November 11, 2020

On November 11, join the conversation of the U.S. election results, the recent change in government in Japan, and their foreign policy impacts on the U.S.-Japanese alliance and policy in the Indo-Pacific region.Returning is frequent Korbel School speaker, Ambassador Christopher Hill, now at Columbia University, joined by Japanese political and election television commentator, Professor Toshihiro Nakayama of Keio University in Tokyo. Crossley Center Pollster and Professor Floyd Ciruli will review...
Nov11, 2020

Post-Election Day Video Now Available

By University of Denver |November 11, 2020

The Nov. 4th post-Election Day video on “What Happened? Why? What’s Next?” is now ready for viewing. On Nov. 4th, Korbel School Dean Fritz Mayer and Pollster and Professor Floyd Ciruli reviewed the results, the final polling and the political implications.  The program was sponsored by the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy.WATCH VIDEO...
Nov11, 2020

2021 Application Cycle Fellowship/Scholarship Information – Post #9

By Harvard |November 11, 2020

Please note that in honor of Veterans Day, Harvard University will be closed on November 11, 2020. Our responses to inquiries might thus be delayed. This post is part of the ongoing Student Financial Services (SFS) financial aid series highlighting varied resources for applicants to consider. Applicants can research other resources in our funding resource database . As a reminder, for those submitting an admission application for 2021 enrollment consideration, the HKS financial aid applicat...