Admissions

Dec 5, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
Many thanks to all who have submitted applications to our three graduate degree programs! Your expressions of interest in our School are awesome, and we are excited to meet you. We remain grateful for the high interest in our programs, in our community, and in all on offer here at the Woodrow Wilson School. We know our deadline falls early, and we know the wait to decision day on or around March 15, 2019 can feel brutally far away. In the...
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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 11, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
This Veterans Day Blue Star Families, founded by MPA alumna Kathy Roth-Douquet ‘91, will receive a 15-cent donation for every brewed cup of coffee sold at company-owned Starbucks stores on Sunday, November 11.   Image credits to Blue Star Families website
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Nov 11, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
Princeton University will observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 12 with a program in the University Chapel that begins at 8:30am. All are welcome. On Tuesday, November 13, the Center for International Security Studies, one of the Woodrow Wilson School’s 19 centers and programs, will host a veterans panel “Inter-generational Perspectives on War.” The event is open to the public and begins at 4:30pm in Robertson Hall 016.  Image credit to the...
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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 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 5, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
For those in the United States, Tuesday is Election Day. Whatever your political affiliation, please remember to exercise your civic duty and vote. For deeper analysis of the U.S. election as well as regular reflection on the latest political hot topics, check out the Wilson School’s Politics and Polls podcast, aka the WooCast. The weekly podcast offers political insights from our very own Princeton faculty members Professor Julian Zelizer and...
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Nov 2, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
We are finishing up a trip to Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana in the United States, and will be on the road again next week for the APSIA fairs in Madrid (Nov. 6), Paris (Nov. 7), and London (Nov. 8). To our European colleagues and interested applicants, we look forward to seeing you and to meeting you, and to discussing the three graduate degree programs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. We’re highlighting this article on the...
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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 31, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
This blog is reposted from Princeton Alumni Weekly. In this alumni spotlight, we at the Woodrow Wilson School are proud of Kathy Roth-Douquet, an MPA alum, for her work to make a difference. Bravo, Kathy! Our admissions process seeks to identify individuals committed to public service. For one such story, please see the article about Kathy's work and the influence her MPA from the WWS played, especially regarding how she approaches solving...
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 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...
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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Oct 16, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
You are invited to our Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (WWS) Graduate Admissions Open House. This half-day event will introduce prospective students to our graduate degree programs. WWS administrators and students will discuss our academic programs and curriculum, student life, career services, admissions requirements, and robust financial aid. We hope you will join us. WWS Graduate Admissions Open House Monday,...
Oct 8, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
This upcoming summer the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs (WWS) will once again host a Junior Summer Institute (JSI), a funded seven-week fellowship component of the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA). The PPIA Fellowship is the single largest leadership program of its kind in the United States for underrepresented groups in public policy and international affairs. The goal of the program is to...
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Sep 21, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
As summer turns to fall, our team hits the road to recruit the next class of public servant leaders. We’ve already made stops in Atlanta and DC for APSIA Graduate School Fairs and will soon be making our way to the Midwest, Mexico, and Colombia with colleagues from four top policy schools. If you are near Chicago, Mexico City, or Bogotá, we hope you will join us at an informational reception. Please click on the respective link for more details...
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Sep 20, 2018
Graduate Admissions Office
September is a homecoming of sorts as our second-year MPAs return for the fall term. Each one was engaged in a summer internship, a signature requirement of the MPA program. In between year one and year two, our MPA students take on an internship related to their interests. Our Office of Graduate Career Services (OGCS) works closely with students throughout their first year to assess their interests, polish up their resumes, help prepare for...
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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Aug 26, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
Our summer programming is well under way for our incoming MPA, MPP and PhD students. Last week we celebrated their arrival with our annual welcome picnic for all incoming students as well as spouses, partners and families. BBQ food and fun was on offer! Many thanks to Sonya Smith for the picture. If you are a prospective student interested in any of our graduate degrees, and see yourself in one of our cohorts (and at the welcome BBQ next year...
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Aug 21, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
As Eid al-Adha celebrations approach, for those of you who observe, please enjoy the time with your family and loved ones. All the very best, and Eid Mubarak! Here at the Woodrow Wilson School, we like to celebrate. We celebrate things large and small, from finishing the qualifying exams at the end of the year to raising money via the student service auction for local organizations serving our greater community. Some students celebrate their...
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Jul 27, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
The Woodrow Wilson School has a good mix of domestic and international students in residence during any given year. We welcome students from all backgrounds; each unique perspective adds to the learning dynamic within our cohorts! We are often asked by international students about life in New Jersey. Does Princeton have a community in which I would feel welcome? How many students from other countries do you have in your programs? Am I a...
Jul 24, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
This video was put together by and features Woodrow Wilson School students from the 2018 and 2019 MPA cohorts. These brave and courageous students have helped to advance a school-wide conversation around diversity and inclusion broadly and first-generation and low-income students at the WWS specifically. This conversation led to the formation of a student organization – first. – as a forum for first-generation and low-income students to find...
Jul 20, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
The Graduate Admissions Office participated in New York City and Washington, D.C. events on Wednesday and Thursday. Thank you to all who came out; we enjoyed meeting you! Additional many thanks to MPA graduates Liv Dowling and Evan LeFlore for speaking on the alumni panels about their work at the Pentagon and the Federal Reserve Bank, respectively. Liv focuses her work on international relations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for...
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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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Jul 3, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
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 backgrounds. Our students are the center of our school; their different policy interests help to make us great on campus, and contribute toward making the world great upon graduation. One group we are proud to welcome each fall is our active duty and military veterans. Beyond our work to facilitate civil-...
Jun 29, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
We were thrilled to participate in the second Summerfest 2018 event this week in Washington, D.C. The event was hosted by Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Thanks to all who came to the event - we enjoyed meeting you! Sheree Oluwafemi, MPA class of 2017 and current Presidential Management Fellow, represented the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) on the alumni panel. Sheree did a superb job answering questions like: What advice would you give to...
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Jun 26, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
Greetings from Princeton. Each year, the Woodrow Wilson School (WWS) plays host to countless speakers, conferences and events. And while our summer programming is - by comparison - slower, we still work hard to keep educating the next generation of policy leaders. One of our flagship programs, the Junior Summer Institute (JSI), has just welcomed its 32nd cohort to campus. Since 1985, save one year, the WWS has hosted a JSI as part of its proud...
Jun 21, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
Last night the Woodrow Wilson School Admissions Office and Shekeima Dockery, MPA class of 2017 currently working for the City of Boston, were in Medford, MA for Boston Summerfest 2018, along with colleagues and alumni from four other graduate programs.   Each Summerfest follows the same format: admissions representatives provide school-specific overviews, while our alumni speak on a panel about their experience at policy school and how that...
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Jun 8, 2018
Steven Petric MPP '17
If you are thinking about graduate school in public affairs or public policy, please join the WWS and four other professional schools this summer in Boston, New York City and Washington D.C. Each event will feature a panel discussion with alumni and a meet and greet with admissions representatives from five top professional schools. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered, and to see whether graduate school is an option that...
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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 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 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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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 11, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
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? 2016 Application Countdown, Part 1 - Letters of Recommendation 2016 Application Countdown, Part 2 - Personal Statement 2016 Application Countdown, Part 3 -...
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Dec 9, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
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 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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Dec 8, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
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 4, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
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, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
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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Group of JSI students in front of steps
Oct 27, 2015
WWS Graduate Admissions Office
The Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) is now accepting applications for the 2016 PPIA Fellowship! – DEADLINE IS NOV. 1ST Apply Today >> JSI is an intensive, 7-week, academic program during the summer at one of these host campuses: The Ford School - University of Michigan The Goldman School - UC Berkeley Heinz College - Carnegie Mellon University Woodrow Wilson School - Princeton University Eligible candidates are...
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