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

Tackling the SAIS Analytical Essay

The instructions for the Analytical Essay on Johns Hopkins SAIS website tell you: “Discuss an issue of national or international importance and its concern to you. This essay should be no more than 600 words.” The essay is another way for SAIS to measure the intellectual maturity of applicants, including writing and analytical abilities, and interest… Continue reading

Tips and Ideas for SAIS Recommendation Letters

Johns Hopkins SAIS gives instructions in its application for two letters of recommendation: “All applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be written by individuals who are well placed to discuss an applicant’s qualifications for graduate study and a career in international affairs. Applicants may submit an additional reference if it… Continue reading

Where Do I Start With the SAIS Statement of Purpose?

The Johns Hopkins SAIS website describes this component:  “Discuss your goals for graduate study and for your professional career. What experiences have most contributed to your desire to study international relations? How will Johns Hopkins SAIS and your intended concentration serve to meet your academic and professional goals? If you have selected International Development as… Continue reading

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Online Application

So you want to apply to SAIS? The Johns Hopkins SAIS website gives detailed instructions for completing the application so make sure to read through it thoroughly. We’ll go through a few of those in a moment. Before we start, the most important thing you MUST do is start your application early. Don’t get stuck at the last… Continue reading