WWS Blog: 2019

Photo credit: Princeton University, Office of Communications, Mark Czajkowski (2019)
Nov 28, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
The clock is ticking towards our application deadline of 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on December 1st. Given the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, our office will be closed in the immediate run-up to the application deadline. To all who have expressed interest in our community, and those who have chosen to apply: thank you. Email and phone inquiries are coming in at an ever-increasing pace, and we are working diligently to respond to them....
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Dean Rouse
Nov 27, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Dean Rouse describes the Woodrow Wilson School community as very tight-knit and inclusive. She supports our admission efforts to bring together a group of students with a desire and passion to change the world. Watch the video to learn about how we approach public policy—through a disciplinary lens. After the video, check out some WWS faculty quotes, where you will notice our constant themes: a commitment to public service and a desire to change...
Nov 14, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Princeton University News: U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Princeton, Microsoft challenge to DACA termination Princeton Alumni Weekly: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments on DACA Protections The Daily Princetonian: Supreme Court hears oral argument on DACA, including complain from U. Politico: What today’s DACA case means to undocumented students, educators The Chronicle of Higher Education: U.S. Supreme Court Weighs DACA’s Fate as...
Nov 10, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Hi! Check out the Princeton orange we spotted in Seoul!! We are wrapping up our recruitment season, and are excited to read the files of all those who have chosen to apply to the WWS. For any last-minute questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us via our normal phone and email channels, and watch this space for some student updates and a bit on our fields of concentration. An alternative option is to attend our online fair, November 21...
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Oct 26, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
We have enjoyed meeting so many of you—on the road, on campus and virtually. It is great to have the chance to chat and respond to your individual questions. Thank you for your curiosity and for your interest in the Woodrow Wilson School. In this blog, we seek to bring some of the broad themes together, grouped around some of the most common questions we are asked. Whether you are interested in the Master in Public Affairs, the Master in Public...
Amber Greene
Oct 18, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
We're keen to profile our alumni who are doing great work across all policy areas and in all different forms. In this blog Amber Greene, MPP '12, who is VP of Government Practice at Ogilvy Public Relations, reflects on a few questions below. It was great to see Amber back on campus for the Thrive conference. What does the WWS community mean to you—on campus and across class years? I feel incredibly privileged to be part of the WWS community. We...
Oct 7, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
If you look closely at the picture, that’s our Dean behind the podium, Cecilia Elena Rouse, kicking off the official dedication ceremony for Double Sights, an installation about the complex legacy of Woodrow Wilson, our namesake. The installation about Wilson’s complex legacy is one facet that emerged from the Wilson Legacy Review Committee, which looked at whether (and what) changes should be made in how the University recognized Wilson’s...
Oct 5, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
We’re in the midst of THRIVE 2019 on Princeton’s campus. It is wonderful to see so many Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs alumni back on campus. We always love to connect with you—here in Princeton and on the road. Thrive: Empowering and Celebrating Princeton’s Black Alumni, runs from October 3 - 5, 2019. The conference follows up on three previous black alumni conferences: 2006: Coming Back and Looking Forward Conference...
Sep 9, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Our admissions application for Fall 2020 entry is now live. Please note our application deadline: December 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Between now and our December 1 deadline, we hope you will take the time to learn more about what makes our community incredibly special, and if it resonates with you, we hope you will apply. To get started, please check out our updated viewbook. We are proud of the work that our community does – here on...
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Aug 30, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
As we wind down our summer programming and gear up for the academic year ahead, please allow each of us in the Graduate Admissions Office to thank you for your interest in our School. We appreciate all those who regularly read this blog, and the many who apply to our three graduate degree programs. Your commitment to public service, and to improving your respective communities is admirable and inspiring. In reading the History of Labor Day...
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Aug 28, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
The final post in this three-part series. See part one here. Part two is here. Thanks again to Alex (Massachusetts), Fran (Chile), Harrison (Canada), Henri (New York), and Taylor (Michigan) for their contributes to this blog series, and to our community while MPA students. What was your favorite class at the WWS and why? This is a hard question. I liked Making Government Work in Hard Places with Professor Jennifer Widner a lot - it is an applied...
Aug 27, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Second in a three part Q&A series, please read on for some favorite memories from the MPA class of 2019. What is a favorite memory from outside of class? There were a lot of gatherings, parties, and trips during the past two years. One memory that comes to mind is the service auction dinners. The WWS Service Auction is an event organized by the MPAs to raise money for a local charity. A typical auction item is a student-cooked meal. I had a...
Aug 26, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Our new cohorts of students have arrived! We are in the thick of the MPP Summer Program and the MPA/ PhD Math Camp. We just held our family barbeque, and the humidity in central Jersey seems to be tapering off… As we gear up for our next round of application review, with an anticipated application launch date of September 9, we asked a few of our recent MPA graduates to reflect on their time at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and...
Aug 23, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
This is our final post on the optional certificates available to Master’s degree students at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS). The three optional certificates we offer are:Certificate in Health and Health Policy (HHP)—the topic of this blogCertificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) or hereCertificate in Urban Policy (UP) We offer these three optional certificates so that interested...
Aug 20, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
The MPA and PhD students have arrived, joining our mid-career MPP students who have been here for a few weeks. We held our welcome lunch yesterday, in Friend Center, one of our temporary digs, while Robertson Hall is reimagined and renovated. Robertson Hall is home to the Woodrow Wilson School. It was built in 1965, with a gift from Charles Robertson ’26, and Marie Robertson, and was designed by renowned architect Minoru Yamasaki, who many know...
Aug 7, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
How many current Master in Public Policy (MPP) students can you spot amongst Seward Johnson’s Were You Invited?—which was inspired by French Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s The Luncheon of the Boating Party. This sculpture resides at the Grounds for Sculpture, where our MPP students recently enjoyed an outing and happy hour after their second week of programming. Just like the painting that inspired this sculpture—which captures the...
Jul 15, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Building on an earlier blog post on Urban Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School, this blog post will focus on the second of our optional certificates, the Certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy.  We have four fields of concentration in our two Master’s degrees—the two-year MPA for those individuals earlier in their professional careers, and the one-year MPP for mid-career policy professionals. All students must indicate their...
Jul 1, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Population Works Africa, a feminist network of consultants working to elevate African development solutions that are locally rooted, recently profiled Morgan McClain-McKinney Limo, a 2017 graduate of our Master in Public Policy program and current Foreign Service Officer at USAID. As part of the Population Works Africa Instagram series, Morgan shared her thoughts on why black women in development are so important. We reproduce them here: "...
Jun 24, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
We come from all over and we work across all areas of policy. We are passionate and we are principled. We are leaders in the United States and we are leaders globally. We strive for impact in our work. We recently held an alumni panel with MPA and MPP graduates from our four fields of concentration. The purpose was to introduce our newly admitted students to the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS), and to have each panelist speak about his or her...
Jun 18, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Given recent articles that have come out this month about the increase in student debt for those attending graduate school, we want to underscore one of the distinguishing features of our programs: We fully fund tuition and required fees for all of our students regardless of external aid and irrespective of where in the world one might be from or live. If you are accepted in to one of our programs, then you are eligible for financial support for...
Jun 11, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
The Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) offers four fields of concentration for those who enroll in a master’s program, and three optional certificates. We are a small community, but we have an abundance of ways to tailor our degrees in ways that make sense for your own individualized course of study. Our four fields of concentration are: Field I: International Relations; Field II: International Development; Field III: Domestic Policy; and Field IV:...
Jun 10, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Eric Johnson, the 60th Mayor-Elect of Dallas, epitomizes exactly what the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs is all about. A former Congressman in the Texas House of Representatives, where he has served since 2010, Johnson was just elected to be the 60th Mayor of Dallas, the second African-American to hold this position. The WWS is proud of Mayor-Elect Johnson, and have tracked his career with pride. From his time with the...
Jun 3, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
…all cap off another great reunions weekend. The weather cooperated, and the Princeton University Orchestra, since 1896, entertained with a lawn concert which led into the Saturday fireworks on Finney and Campbell Fields. For a bit on the history of Princeton reunions, please look here. We look forward to celebrating our MPA, MPP and PhD classes of 2019 today at Hooding and tomorrow at Commencement. From all of us here in the Graduate Admissions...
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May 31, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Reunions are a big deal at Princeton. And it’s always fun to see each graduating class experience them for the first time. For those of us lucky to be affiliated with the Woodrow Wilson School over a longer time horizon, we’re delighted to welcome so many graduate alumni back to campus each year for the WWS reception, which ran from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today. With welcome remarks from the Dean, and a lot of school spirit – and orange! – it’s...
May 31, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
As per the alumni website, reunions attracts almost 25,000 alumni, family and friends for walks, talks, community service projects, Alumni-Faculty Forums, picnics, parties, concerts, dancing, meeting old friends, making new ones and, of course, marching in the One and Only P-rade! Here at the Woodrow Wilson School, we kicked off the 2019 reunion weekend by hosting a dinner and reception celebrating our graduates from 1994 (25 years) and 1969 (50...
May 16, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
Hi from a warming Central New Jersey. We just wrapped our latest round of admissions, having turned to the waitlist for a very small number of candidates this year. I love my job because of all the amazing people that comprise the broader WWS community. (Not to mention, our students are second to none!) But it is also incredibly hard at times, not least because there are so many deserving, well-qualified and accomplished applicants for whom we...
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Mar 5, 2019
Graduate Admissions Office
We know the wait from our December 1, 2018 application deadline to our March 15, 2019 admission decision release date is very long. Thank you for your patience. In the interim, we will not be able to provide additional information via phone or email; please sit tight for just a bit longer. Your admission decision will come via email from The Graduate School on or around March 15. Depending on the file, there may be up to 10 different individuals...