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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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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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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...
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 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...
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 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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Woodrow Wilson School
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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