School Spotlight: Harvard Kennedy School

Harvard Kennedy School Admissions Highlights: Overview of Degree Programs Master in Public Policy (MPP): The two-year MPP program provides future public leaders with the conceptual framework and practical skills necessary to succeed in public service. The MPP core requirements are built upon strong foundations in three methodological areas: analysis, management, and leadership. Master in Public Administration/International… Continue reading

Consultant Spotlight: Lin from Harvard Kennedy School & UCLA Anderson School of Management

Lin has both a MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Harvard and a member of the UCLA Anderson Honor Society (top 15%). He received full-tuition scholarships at both institutions. Lin received his BS from… Continue reading

Consultant Spotlight: Judy from Harvard Kennedy School for 33 years

Bio of Judy who worked at Harvard for 33 years Judy joined The Art of Applying team after a 33-year career at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she served on the admissions committee for 25 years. At Harvard Kennedy School, Judy directed the Office of Career Services for many years. In 1997… Continue reading

How to Determine if the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Mid-Career (MC/MPA) Program is Right for You

Guest Post from Heidi, Consultant for The Art of Applying How to Determine if the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Program is Right for You “Is this program right for me?” It’s a good question to ask yourself for any program. Perhaps more so when considering mid-career programs. The following tips will help you get started:… Continue reading

Quick Tips for the Harvard Kennedy School MPA/ID Application Essays

Post written by The Art of Applying consultant Nanako This post begins with the essay prompts for the HKS MPA/ID application and then shares some quick tips on how to tackle each essay prompt. Essay Prompts for HKS MPA/ID 2016-2017 Application Source: Harvard Kennedy School MPA/ID Website The MPA/ID application includes several essays. 1. The… Continue reading

2016-2017 Policy School Application Deadlines for Top MPP / MPA Programs

Last updated September 19, 2016 The schools included: American University (SPA), Carnegie Mellon (Heinz), Columbia (SIPA), Cornell (CIPA), Duke (Sanford), George Washington University (Trachtenberg), Georgetown (McCourt), Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Indiana Bloomington (SPEA), Johns Hopkins (SAIS), NYU (Wagner), Princeton (Woodrow Wilson), Syracuse (Maxwell), UC Berkeley (Goldman), University of Chicago (Harris), Michigan Anne Arbor (Ford), USC (Price),… Continue reading

Application Dealbreakers for your Harvard Kennedy School MPP Application

I’m excited to introduce the first installment in our new video series. To kick off the video series, I interviewed our most experienced consultant, Judy Kugel! Judy served on the admissions committee of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (otherwise known as Harvard Kennedy School) for 25 years and has evaluated thousands of applications…. Continue reading

Harvard Kennedy School 2015 MPP Application Requirements and Essay Prompts

A note from The Art of Applying team: The official Harvard Kennedy School application for 2015 will open in early September 2015. In the meantime, the Art of Applying team has compiled the 2015 HKS MPP application requirements and essay prompts that are shared on the official HKS admissions blog and HKS admissions website in one convenient… Continue reading

Tips for answering the Harvard Kennedy School Short Answer Questions about Sources for Policy Issues and News

The Harvard Kennedy School application includes the following short answer questions: What web sites do you read to follow matters pertaining to policy issues and news you are interested in? What print publications do you read to follow matters pertaining to policy issues and news you are interested in? I advise my clients and all… Continue reading

How to write essays that ask "why this school?"

Almost any school you apply to is going to ask why you want to go to their particular school. It’s crucial to get this essay right, because schools aren’t looking for applicants who have simply copied and pasted their responses from one school over to another. Here are some examples of the “Why us?” question: Harvard Kennedy… Continue reading