A: Research graduate schools (attend fairs and information sessions, read websites, speak with faculty). Complete prerequisite courses and skills. Identify weaknesses in your application and find a way to make up for it. Begin to compile application materials (request transcripts, register for standardized tests, identify references).
A: Most schools will ask for an application form, letters of recommendation, essays, transcripts, standardized test scores, and a resume.  However, be sure to read the specific details from each school to confirm their exact requirements.
A: Most schools want a mix of academic and professional references.  Ask people who know you and your work well, who are willing to write a good letter for you, and who are reliable. Do not ask family and/or friends!

A: Read the essay question and answer it clearly and completely. For a personal statement, share your story in your own words and address:

  • What do you want to study and why?
  • What is your experience in that field?
  • What you plan to do with your degree once you have it?
  • Why now (timing of your application)?
  • How does this program fits your goals?

A: Schools, universities, the government, private foundations, financial institutions, community groups, and other sources provide aid. Individual aid packages will vary based on merit and need. When determining your financial need, don’t forget to consider ALL the costs of attendance (tuition and living expenses).  Visit our fellowships & scholarships page.

A: APSIA schools offer a range of programs in

  • Comparative and Regional Studies
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy
  • Health Policy
  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • International Law
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Political Economy
  • Public and Intercultural Communication
  • Social Enterprise Development
  • Science and Technology
  • Security Studies
  • Sustainable Development
  • Trade and Finance
  • Other Areas! 
A: APSIA graduates excel in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors. On average 35% of APSIA graduates go into the public sector, 30% are employed in the private sector, 30% work in the non-governmental sector, and 5% are in other sectors. APSIA graduates run businesses, work for peace, expand trade, counsel governments, and much more. Learn more about career options in our online guide. What will you do with an APSIA degree?
A: When choosing a graduate program, take a range of factors into account, such as the core requirements of a program, expertise of the faculty, access to student services and an alumni network, opportunities for professional development, cost, location, and program size.

A: Ask yourself these five questions:

  1. What will you study when you are there? Understand whether a program is structured or flexible. See which approach best meets your needs and preferences.
  2. Are You Qualified? Understand where you fit within the average student qualifications posted by the School.
  3. Do you Like Being There? Understand the environment around the School. Determine if you like where you would live for the next two years.
  4. Can you Afford It? Understand the full costs for the entire program, including internships and study abroad. Many schools post estimated student expenses and describe financial aid opportunities on their websites.
  5. Does it Fit with Your Professional Goals? Understand whether the skills and competencies you will build in the program connect with what desirable employers are looking for now and in the future.
A: In 2019, APSIA graduates found full-time positions in:


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