Graduate Admissions

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...
Nov 29, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
It’s that time of year. The clock is ticking ever closer to our application deadline of 11:59pm Eastern time on December 1. Email and phone inquiries are coming in at a frenzied pace, and someone keeps humming the tune of “The Final Countdown.” You are putting your final touches on your application, and we are gearing up for what we call reading season. We realize applying to graduate school can be stressful. To help ease any last-minute anxiety...
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Nov 28, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
“We believe that only by including people with a broad range of experiences and perspectives are we able to realize our potential — to expand our capacity for teaching and learning, to increase opportunities for innovative research, and to equip students for lives of service and leadership in an increasingly pluralistic society. Thus, the goals of excellence and diversity are inextricably linked.”  - Report of the Trustee Ad Hoc Committee on...
Nov 26, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
Princeton and the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) are renowned for supporting their students in pursuit of higher education and in being leaders committed to service. We do this in the classroom as well as with funding. We invest in you so that you, in turn, will be able to invest in others and fully embrace Princeton’s informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service and the Service of Humanity.” What does this actually mean? Simply put, we fully fund our...
Nov 25, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
“We all come from somewhere and it shapes us - both in who we become and what we value. Tell us your story and what shaped you.” At the Woodrow Wilson School, we take community very seriously. With such small cohorts – about 70 MPAs and 20 MPPs and 6-8 PhDs per year – people don’t get lost in the crowd here. Rather, we come to know each other quite well – much deeper than simple pleasantries and passings in the hallways. Whether it’s salsa...
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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 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 25, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
What’s unique about the Woodrow Wilson School’s approach to policy? Our distinctive multidisciplinary course of study strikes a balance between theory and practice. Eighty-five full-time faculty members teach at the School, almost all of whom have dual appointments with other departments. Approximately 45 visiting professors, lecturers and practitioners from the world of public and international affairs also teach at the School. Our faculty...
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 5, 2016
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 GPAs and GRE scores because the content behind those points of data is what we value most. We focus mostly on your performance in courses...
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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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