Program Applied To: MPA/MPP Schools Applied To: WWS, HKS, SIPA, Harris, Graduate Institute and LKY Schools Admitted To: WWS(full ride), HKS (Full tuition), SIPA($80,000), Harris ($20,000) and LKY (external funding) Schools Rejected From: Graduate Institute Still Waiting: none Undergraduate institution: International student. Reputed engineeirng college Undergraduate GPA: 3.4 Last 60 hours of Undergraduate GPA (if applicable): Undergraduate Major: Electronics and Communication GRE Quantitative Score: 169 GRE Verbal Score: 165 GRE AW Score: 5.0 Years Out of Undergrad (if applicable): 8 Years of Work Experience: 7 Describe Relevant Work Experience: Career civil servant holding top level, decision making positions in the Government of a state in a developing country. Strength of SOP (be honest, describe the process, etc): My work experience was both a strength and a weakness while writing the SoP. Although I had done cutting-edge public affairs work, I stood a risk of not being specific due to the multiple sectors I had worked in. This really showed up in the initial drafts too. Finally, I decided on focusing on one area of my work that I was really passionate about and which I had focussed throughout all my assignments. I think that really changed the feel and power of the SoP. Went through multiple drafts and merciless reviews from 2-3 friends. Was really reluctant to re write after a few drafts but kept on working on it. I think that really helped in the end.
Strength of LOR's (be honest, describe the process, etc): One from undergrad professor, one from my professor from the civil services college (who is know with an IFI and who keeps track of my work) and one from my former boss (civil servant). A HKS alumni wrote from HKS. We had collaborated professionally.