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Found 21 results

  1. PHL City Planner

    HKS 2019

    Hey everyone - I realize it's only April, but I figured I'd get started on the HKS thread for 2019 matriculation. A little about me: I'm a 2010 grad from a competitive small liberal arts college, 2012 masters in city planning from an ivy (both with honors), worked in public finance consulting for three years, now working as a civil servant in a policy office in transportation. I'm active in a few LGBT causes, and have a fellowship with a large, international professional organization that focuses on urban revitalization. I'm taking the GRE in August. I'm attracted to HKS and other MPP programs that offer programs in domestic policy, economic development, and urban policy. I'm nervous but excited to go through the application process, and to be nearly 30(!). Currently brainstorming essay topics, and how to best hone my story. What about you?
  2. Stacy_85

    HKS 2018

    Hello, Has anyone applied to HKS many times and got dinged? What should I do? I was admitted to MPA/MPP at other Ivies and other programs at Harvard (GSD and GSE). Since HKS is my dream school, I decided not to attend any program. Any advice would be appreciated!
  3. Hi everyone, I know admissions decisions are still a long ways away, but I thought it could be helpful to discuss the comparative merits of these great IR and public policy programs. I applied to HKS's MPP, Columbia's MIA, Georgetown's MSFS, WWS's MPA, and SAIS's MA. I also applied to Georgetown's Security Studies Program, but am leaning away from the latter now because of high tuition costs and rumored lack of aid. How do you feel these schools compare to one another, in terms of job prospects, curriculum/course offerings, school culture, academic rigor, faculty? Which would be your dream program and why?
  4. Anitramsiljam

    Support Letters

    Please tell me everything you know about support letters! I just found out about them and i'm feeling completely lost!
  5. ohwantstoknow

    Practicing attorney --> HKS MPP?

    I'm currently a practicing corporate attorney for a large law firm (3 years experience) and would like to transition to the public sector. Does anyone know the stories of any US lawyers who were admitted to HKS's MPP program? I've come across a lot of JD/MPP candidate profiles but have yet to come across an MPP candidate who already earned their JD.
  6. HEY GUYS!!!!!! I THOUGHT IT MAYBE HELPFUL IF I STARTED A THREAD ON IR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS I personally applied for the Early decision FOR FLETCHER THERE ARE COUPLE OTHERS I WILL APPLY AS REGULAR DECISION, we could all wait it out together discuss and so on. SINCE WE ARE ALL NERVOUS. If you have applied or planning to apply for regular decision you are welcome too!! ALSO YOU ARE WELCOME TO DISCUSS ANY OTHER IR SCHOOLS THAT YOU APPLIED OR PLANNING TO APPLY!!!!! WE COULD ALL JUST BE SUPPORTIVE AND INFORMATIVE TO ONE ANOTHER HERE!!! GOOD LUCK GUYS!!!!!
  7. I'm thinking of applying to HKS next year but just read the following long form article on the effectiveness of HKS. Some points are unduly harsh and off base. Is it really a problem that more grads go into the private sector? Yet, some points he makes seem valid. What do you think? http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/article/2017/01/22/harvard-kennedy-school-america/#iframe-disqus Even HKS's own Crimson has weighed in: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2017/5/25/school-for-government-commencement/ What are you looking to achieve with an MPP/MPA?
  8. Hi there, So I'm in the process of deciding what to do moving forward and whether I still want to try applying for the MPP program at HKS. To give a bit of background, I'm just out of undergrad (graduating in May) and applied to law schools this cycle with the intention/hope that I'd land at HLS and would be able to apply to their joint degree program to do an MPP with HKS while I was there. It would be pretty easy since I'd be able to use my LSAT score and just have to write my essays. However, that was before I got into Yale Law. Now, I'm almost 100% going to be attending YLS and am unsure about what I should do moving forward based on a few factors including (1) my likelihood of success at getting into the HKS MPP program from Yale and (2) whether the program is really useful to me at this point and adds enough value for the cost. I'd love to get some insight on these First, I'm deferring my admission this year and will be enrolling at Yale in the Fall of 2018. I was pretty much always planning on doing this no matter what law school I got into, primarily for personal reasons of needing a bit of time to rest before heading right into law school and also to earn a bit of money on the side to help cover personal costs during 1L year. Now, this also gives me the opportunity to take the GRE and write my essays for the HKS MPP program if I decide to apply. I'm not really worried about either of those components (I self-studied for the LSAT and scored in the 99th percentile and from what I've heard the GRE is no LSAT. I'm also pretty confident in my ability to craft some great essays). However, my biggest concern is the fact that, having just come out of undergrad, I don't have much professional experience that I've heard is really necessary for HKS. On the plus side, I think that I have more and more substantial experience than most in my position (and all of it has been in government, in the office of a Congressman who I've gotten really close to and has given me substantial projects to work on) but it still doesn't compare to a person who may have been working in policy for a few years out of undergrad. My Congressman is also an HKS alumni and said he would personally write a recommendation for me, but I'm not sure if any of this is enough to overcome that experience gap. If it's not, there's not really much I can see myself doing about it because while I may get a policy-related job during my gap year, that would be the extent of the experience I could use while applying and once I'm in and through law school, I highly doubt I would ever find the time or desire to go back to school (particularly coming from Yale, I just want to get out there and do the work I'm passionate about already). So, unfortunately this is the only time where I really see myself having the opportunity to go to HKS. Do you think that applying my 1L year at Yale would help my chances of admission given the prestige of YLS? Or am I screwed because of my lack of a career at 23? Second, I'm trying to assess the cost-benefit of doing the HKS concurrent program with YLS even if I were to apply and get in. On the one hand, many of the people I've worked with personally in the policy realm have done MPPs at HKS and have told me a great deal about the program and it is definitely something I'm intensely interested because of my desire to work in domestic policy. I feel like there's a lot of skills that I could pick up by taking on the MPP program that I might not otherwise get with just plain law school (particularly in things like economics and foreign policy analysis which I'm very interested in). However, doing the program would take an extra year and likely tens of thousands of dollars of increased debt (although, I was awarded the maximum need-based financial aid at both HLS and YLS so I have high hopes that I could at least get a good amount of whatever aid HKS offers). And while I think the program would be personally beneficial in the skills it could teach me, I'm skeptical about whether it would really help me in any way in my actual career. I highly doubt there is any job out there that the addition of an HKS MPP would get me that my YLS JD would not already qualify me for. I think the most compelling part of HKS would be the access to the Harvard alumni network which is stronger than that of Yale due to its sheer size and something I definitely am going to be bummed that I'm missing out on now that I won't be going to HLS. Anyway, I hope this is the right forum for this question. Because I'm so government and policy career -oriented and because my question is HKS-specific I thought this would be the place to post. I'd love to hear any feedback anyone has. Thanks so much!
  9. Hi everyone, I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on a dual-degree at Harvard with the Graduate School of Design (GSD) for Urban Planning and the HKS' MPP or MPA. Seems like the GSD skills would be more niche, so perhaps getting more general policy skills through the MPP (negotiation, economics) would be a good complement. I know the MPA is more flexible but tends to produce more administrative/managerial positions than policy analysts. Anyone who's in the same boat or has completed the dual-degree? Is it worth the extra year to complete in exchange for having two degrees, and which program is more popular for GSD students?
  10. Hi, everyone. I have a query on academic prerequisite of HKS MPA2 program. According to HKS homepage, applicants are required to have substantial graduate-level coursework similar to core MPP courses. Situation: WRT this requirement, I did not take lectures in graduate schools; but, I passed the Higher Civil Services Exam, which consists of several subjects including micro/macro/international economics, and international politics, and the exam needs graduate-level understanding on each subject. As wiki says, it's really challenging exam, and my recommenders, including Former Minister of Finance of Korea, will guarantee the authority and the level of difficulty of it. Plus, I was runner-up at the moot court competition, held by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea; since most participants were graduate students, I think that it would also prove my capability. Question: Does anyone know whether my case can be regarded to qualify the academic prerequisite of HKS MPA2? I hope to get valuable advice, opinion, or knowledge from you. Good luck to all!
  11. Hi everyone, Does anyone have any update to share on the MPA/ID waitlist?
  12. Stefanie80

    Acceptance rate

    Anyone know this year acceptance rate of HKS MPP, SIPA MPA, WWS MPA? Which school is the most selective policy school? I heard that HKS rate was around 25-30%. Has anyone attend admitted student day, how was it? I am unable to attend any. Please share your experiences. Thanks!
  13. Accuracy Matters

    HKS vs SIPA

    I am spoilt for choice! Got into SIPA and HKS with a solid funding from SIPA (upwards of 50% tuition) and none from HKS. This forum seems to have something against the SIPA program but I'm just wondering is there anything that gives HKS a leg up from SIPA that would justify taking on loans?
  14. My dream job would be to work as a professor doing research public innovation in Europe with active engagement in the public policy field as a consultant or perhaps working in government temporarily. I have been recently reading a lot about the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I love the great array of courses they offer, the network they give you access to, the events, the faculty, the can-do spirit of the school and the forum they have (I think it has to be such a great space for intellectual interactions!). Also, I really like the work of the Ash center on public innovation and find that it really fits my interests. Now, somehow I have the feeling that getting an MPP at HKS would not be the "right" way for me to attain my professional goal. Especially because according to their website they are a profesional school. I could not and would not want to say in my statement of purpose that I don't want to be a professor, because I do. I also fear that being an HKS alumnus the network I'll have access to will be mostly US-based, while I am almost a 100% certain that I want to spend my live in Europe. Any thoughts?
  15. I found out that I have been accepted to HKS for their MPP program. I'm completely ecstatic - Harvard is my dream school and I want to go there so badly. I am 99% certain that I will go there regardless of the financial decision that comes out in April. HOWEVER - I was offered an incredible fellowship of $80,000 over two years to attend Columbia SIPA, which is my second choice, and I just cannot imagine the pain I will feel turning that sum of money down. I feel that both schools offer amazing opportunities, and both programs are relatively on par with each other in this respect. But I feel much more drawn to Harvard's mission, student body, and culture over Columbia's. And Harvard's funding won't be released until the first week of April so I'm in the dark for now. I would like to know if there is any advisable way for me to tactfully inform HKS of my situation and this competing offer. Should I call the financial aid office now, before decisions are released, so they can put it into consideration? Or should I wait until the numbers are out, and then see how I did, and then call and ask for more if necessary? Any advice appreciated!!
  16. WWJD? I got into HKS which is my absolute dream school (literally cried for joy when the email happened) for their MPP program and now I've got the tough decision of weighing with my second choice, Columbia SIPA, where I've received a generous $80,000 scholarship over two years. I would be happy and successful at either school, BUT I feel more connected to the mission, student body, and culture at HKS. Plus there is that extra boost of prestige that I don't have (as a public state school undergrad). Financial aid decisions aren't released from HKS until April, but I am finding myself having nightmares of the horror on not getting any funding. What would YOU do?
  17. publicpolicylady

    Typo in HKS Statement of Purpose

    Ugggh I know I should never have re-read my SOP essay but found a glaring error in the third paragrah. Will I get dinged by HKS over this if the rest of my application is otherwise strong? I am praying not. Anyone else have a similar situation?
  18. I'm in a bit of a fix. It seems a school I applied to called one of my referees and instead of asking for her asked for me! The person who answered the call obviously thought it was a mistake and told the caller that no one by my name was available at that number. The caller neither stated where she was calling from, nor did she leave a message so I don't know which school it was. Has anyone ever faced such a situation in the past? I'd really appreciate some pointers on how to deal with this! Many thanks.
  19. In terms of HKS MPP, is it ture " more self-funding secured, more chance to get the admission" ? I mean, the relevance of self-funding to the MPP admission. Or admission and financial aid are totally separate? I am filling in the HKS financial aid application form, just wondering in the savings section " the more the better (to be considered for the admission) " or " the more the less (chance to get financial aid) "? any thoughts?
  20. publicpolicylady

    HKS Financial Aid App

    Fellow HKS MPP Applicants, Do you know if the HKS take the fellowship essays into consideration for the admissions decision? If not, why else would they have the financial aid due date before decisions are released? Strange... Also, has anyone been to visit? If so, who did you meet with (e.g., students, admissions, etc?). Do you think visiting the campus boosts your candidacy in any way? Looking forward to hearing from you!
  21. Hi there! I once sifted through MBA school application websites and noticed that typically the online recommendation ask the recommender to answer very specific questions. Do any of you know whether the MPA/MPP applications are also similarly structured or do they ask the recommender to simply upload a (word) document addressing some broad topics to assess the applicant? Appreciate your insight. Cheers! Applying to Fall 2012 (New Delhi, India)
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