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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 place for you.
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST
MPP Application Requirements:
- a submitted online application
- payment of the $100 application fee
- traditional resume/CV
- analytic/quantitative resume
- three letters of recommendation
- official academic transcripts
- standardized tests: GRE/GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS
Notes and Details on Application Requirements:
GRE or GMAT score. Scores must be less than five years old as of the admission application deadline.
CV / Resume. No page limit. Recommended length of 2-4 pages. Read more guidance at the official HKS Admissions blog here.
Official Academic Transcripts. Read more info on the official HKS admissions blog here.
Quantitative Resume. Required. Click here to jump to the details regarding the Quantitative Resume in this post.
The Harvard Kennedy School motto, echoing the President for whom the School is named, is “Ask what you can do.” Please share with the Admissions Committee your plans to create positive change through your leadership and service.
word limit: 600 words
Describe an event or episode that either gave you a chance to use a personal strength, or revealed a personal weakness. Then explain specifically how the MPP curriculum at HKS would leverage your distinctive abilities and/or fill gaps in your skill set as you equip yourself for your career goals.
word limit: 600 words
If you have any concerns about your prior academic, professional or personal background you would like to share with the Admissions Committee, please provide an explanation.
word limit: 250 words
Joint Degree with HBS or HLS Essay Prompt
How do you expect the joint degree experience to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level?
word limit: 400 words
Concurrent Degree Essay Prompt
For applicants applying to an approved partner institution which allows the pursuit of a concurrent degree. For a full list of partner institutions, click here. No matter how many partner programs an applicant will be applying to, there is only one opportunity to respond to this prompt.
How do you expect the concurrent pursuit of another professional Master’s degree to benefit you on both a professional and a personal level?
word limit: 250 words
More details about the Quantitative Resume / CV:
The following text was copied from the official HKS admissions blog. Bold formatting and additional line breaks were added by The Art of Applying team for ease of reading. Be sure to check the official HKS admissions blog or the HKS website for the most up to date information.
The MPP program equips students with the skills needed to analyze and solve complex problems. When reviewing applications, the Admissions Committee looks for – among other things – evidence of analytical and quantitative capability and potential. Aptitude in these areas can be demonstrated through coursework and/or professional, volunteer, and internship experiences.
Please submit a résumé that summarizes relevant study and experience with analytic or quantitative material.
Relevant coursework typically includes mathematics, statistics, economics, logic, science, information technology, and engineering.
When listing coursework, please include main concepts studied and major assignments completed. (The web site of your college or university is often a good way for you to obtain this information. Descriptions copied from the course catalog are helpful.)
If you choose to describe major projects completed in a professional, volunteer, or internship setting, please include details on the analytical or quantitative nature of the work performed.
We recognize that there will probably be some overlap between the content of your academic/professional résumé and that of your analytical/quantitative résumé.
There is no set format for the analytical/quantitative resume. Feel free to use the samples provided as guides, but ultimately you should structure this information as you see fit. For MPP samples, click here.
MPP TOEFL / IELTS Requirements
Copied from the official HKS Admissions website:
TOEFL or IELTS (English tests)
The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants (both two-year and MC/MPA programs) unless:
- Your native language is English
- OR your entire undergraduate degree was conducted entirely in English
TOEFL or IELTS scores submitted must be less than two years old as of the admission application deadline.
Please note that we do not accept the TOEFL ITP test.
The Admissions Committees require applicants to have a minimum cumulative TOEFL or IELTS score of:
- 100 on the Internet-Based TOEFL Test (iBT)
- OR a 600 on the Paper-Based TOEFL Test (PBT)
- 7 overall band score on the IELTS
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR MPP APPLICANTS:
The MPP Admissions Committee mandates that in addition to meeting the cumulative scores for the TOEFL and IELTS tests noted above, that applicants obtain minimum scores on the subsections of the English tests as well.
The following are the mandatory score requirements for MPP applicants to be considered for admission.
- TOEFL iBT: a minimum score of 25 on each section.
- TOEFL PBT: a minimum score of 58 on the reading section, 59 in the listening section, 61 in the writing section.
- IELTS: a minimum score of 7 in each section.
- GRE and TOEFL – 3454
- GMAT – HRL-27-69
- There is no department code
- The IELTS does not have a code, simply list Harvard Kennedy School when taking the test.
If you have previously applied to HKS and would like to reapply for this upcoming academic year,
- Submit a new online application and pay the application fee
- Submit new essays
- If you have applied within the last three years, you may re-use the following:
- test scores (GRE and GMAT scores are valid for five years
- TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years)
- recommendations (it is advisable that you select at least one new recommender to submit on your behalf.)
Source for reapplication information: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/admissions/apply
end of HKS MPP application requirements
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