Application

Nov 9, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
Applicants 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...
Nov 8, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
We 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-...
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Nov 1, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
T-minus one month until our Fall 2018 application deadline: December 1, 2018. We have enjoyed meeting many of you on the road, and have likewise delighted in engagement with interested applicants through our online platforms and calls to our admissions team. Thank you for your interest in our degree programs.  The Woodrow Wilson School strives to be a diverse and inclusive community. We admit students from all walks of life and from a variety of...
Oct 29, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
Final reminder to all college juniors—our 2019 Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute has a November 1, 2018 deadline. Please make sure to get your application in on time. Additional information on where to find the application as well as some reflections from four 2018 participants can be found in the article below by Sarah Binder, Office of Public Affairs and Communications, which ran earlier in October. ** Thirty-one...
Oct 18, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
We ask for your personal statement to be approximately two to four pages in length - the prompt is reproduced below. This does not mean it must be four pages. If you can address what we ask in two or three pages, do it. There is no need to ramble on or regurgitate what is already stated simply to reach a personal statement length of four pages. Be brief. Be brilliant. Be yourself. (But in four pages or less!) “Your personal statement should...
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Sep 12, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
At the Wilson School, orientation for our newest Woos is complete and fall classes have begun. As the season turns to fall, our graduate admissions office is already recruiting the next great class of public servants. Our 2018-2019 viewbook is hot off the presses, and our admission application for Fall 2019 entry is now live. Note, the application deadline this year is December 1, 11:59pm Eastern time. We hope you’ll take the time to learn more...
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Jul 10, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
Greetings from hot and humid central New Jersey. For those wishing to get a jump start on their fall 2018 application to the WWS, I am pleased to write with an update. Beyond the other application requirements, we want to get to know our applicants on a more personal and individual basis. As such, we will ask all applicants to our three graduate degree programs - MPA, MPP, PhD - to answer the following *new* question in approximately 200 to 300...
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Dec 9, 2016
As you put the final touches on your applications to the MPA, MPP and Ph.D. programs, be sure to review the application tips recently posted to the admissions blog. For your reference, the links are posted below.   Getting In Policy Memo Writing Tips What Counts as Relevant Work Experience? 2017 Application Countdown, Part 1 - Letters of Recommendation 2017 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement 2017 Application Countdown, Part 3 -...
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Dec 7, 2016
Perhaps you are thinking about coming back to school after working full-time for a number of years. Maybe you’ve been in the for-profit sector and want to pivot to the public sector. Or maybe you are already in the public sector and want to hone your skills. Whatever the case, you may be wondering whether returning to school is the right move, and if so, whether the Woodrow Wilson School is the right place for you. I was in your shoes at this...
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Dec 6, 2016
The Ingredients of a Strong Résumé Use a two page annotated format.  Begin with paid Professional Work Experience. Provide date, job title and employer. Under each one, provide a brief paragraph of your key assignments and important accomplishments. Some bullet points are fine, but be judicious; substance is more important than format. Include a separate section on Leadership and Public Service. Include examples of leadership in college,...
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Dec 5, 2016
GRE Scores and the Dec. 15 Deadline WWS is flexible on the receipt of GRE scores for applicants who either retake the GRE or could not schedule the test before the Dec. 15 deadline. During the past 20 years, GRE testing has moved from paper- to computer-based administration, but not in all countries. The one constant is that it is difficult to control all of the externalities that affect taking the GRE, including: unforeseen professional travel...
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Dec 2, 2016
How to Build Momentum in a Personal Statement The personal statement must “smell authentic” meaning that it could never be possible to confuse it with any other applicant. To be compelling, your story must be told with humility while also highlighting your strengths and leadership. Begin your personal statement by telling your story of public service and your contributions to the public good. Define your passion for specific policy issues and...
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Dec 1, 2016
The Dec. 15 deadline to submit MPA, MPP and Ph.D. applications for Fall 2017 is quickly approaching. The admissions office will post short reminders of what applicants should include as they complete their applications. Check back for more reminders and tips.  Letters of Recommendation By virtue of the small class sizes of the MPA, MPP, and Ph.D. cohorts, admission to each program is competitive; in crafting a diverse class each year, it becomes...
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Jan 13, 2016
WWS Graduate Admissions
Application Processing Once you submit your application you may log in to the online portal to review your activity and to check the status of your supporting materials. We review each application and will notify you if we find that anything is missing; you do not have to contact us to ask if we have all of your materials. This process takes several weeks. The order in which your application is processed in the system has no bearing on your...
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Dec 15, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions
The deadline to apply to our graduate degree programs (MPP, MPA, Ph.D.) is today, Dec. 15. We have compiled the top five frequently asked questions regarding the application process. Refer to this list before hitting submit! What time is the application deadline? 11:59 p.m. EST I submitted my application but do not see my GRE/TOEFL scores on the checklist. Why not? Once you submit your application, it can take up to three weeks for your...
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Dec 9, 2015
Mae Lindsey, MPA '17 (2nd from the right in the photo)
Perhaps you are thinking about coming back to school after working full-time for a number of years. Maybe you’ve been in the for-profit sector and want to pivot to the public sector. Or maybe you are already in the public sector and want to hone your skills. Whatever the case, you may be wondering whether returning to school is the right move, and if so, whether the Woodrow Wilson School is the right place for you. I was in your shoes at this...
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Nov 26, 2014
WWS Admissions
The Ingredients of a Strong Résumé Use a two page annotated format.  Begin with paid Professional Work Experience. Provide date, job title and employer. Under each one, provide a brief paragraph of your key assignments and important accomplishments. Some bullet points are fine, but be judicious as substance is more important than format. Include a separate section on Leadership and Public Service. Include examples of leadership in college,...
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Nov 25, 2014
WWS Admissions
The Evaluation of Transcripts & GRE Scores The beauty of the admission process to schools of public and international affairs is that the applicant pool is relatively small in comparison to other professional graduate schools of law, business, engineering and medicine. We do not use a matrix or formula for Grade Point Averages and GRE scores because the content behind those points of data is what we value most. We focus mostly on your...
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Nov 24, 2014
WWS Admissions
GRE Scores and the Dec. 1 Deadline WWS is flexible on the receipt of GRE scores for applicants who either retake the GRE or could not schedule the test before the Dec. 1 deadline. During the past 20 years, GRE testing has moved from paper- to computer-based administration, but not in all countries. The one constant is that it is difficult to control all of the externalities that affect taking the GRE, including: unforeseen professional travel or...
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Nov 21, 2014
Brandon Lewis, MPA '16
Here’s what I got away with in my application to the Woodrow Wilson School: Not having a degree in economics, political science, or international relations Writing my first ever policy memo Deciding to write that memo to the president, provincial governors, minister of mines, and chairman of the state mining company of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (I mean, Why not?) Prefacing my course list with the following statement concerning my true...
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Nov 20, 2014
WWS Admissions
How to Build Momentum in a Personal Statement The personal statement must “smell authentic” meaning that it could never be possible to confuse it with any other applicant. To be compelling, your story must be told with humility while also highlighting your strengths and leadership. Begin by telling your story of public service, your contributions to the public good and define your passion for specific policy issues and the ways in which you have...
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Nov 19, 2014
WWS Admissions
The December 1 deadline to submit MPA, MPP and Ph.D. applications for Fall 2015 is quickly approaching. The admissions office will post short reminders of what applicants should include as they complete their applications. Check back for more reminders and tips. Letters of Recommendation By virtue of the small class sizes of the MPA, MPP, and Ph.D. cohorts, admission to each program is competitive—in crafting a diverse class each year, it...
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Oct 28, 2014
WWS Admissions
Applicants often ask us to provide some guidance in writing a policy memo.  Steve Frakt, WWS writing advisor, has been advising WWS undergraduate and graduate students for the past 17 years.  Steve meets with students one-on-one during his office hours to advise them on their various writing assignments.  Graduate students in our Masters in Public Affairs program are required to take a core course entitled "The Politics of Public Policy"  in...
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