Harvard Kennedy School 2018-2019 Essay Prompts

Hello, Harvard Kennedy School hopefuls! We know you’re pondering your applications to all those top tier policy programs, so without further ado, here are the 2018-2019 application season essay prompts for the Harvard Kennedy School. Source: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/admissions-aid/masters-program-admissions/how-apply All Programs Personal History Essay (optional) Diversity of all kinds (race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality,… Continue reading

The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship

This week  we’d like to tell you about a great funding opportunity at the Harvard Kennedy School: the U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship. This fellowship is sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Center for Public Leadership (CPL) in order to bring together talented and emerging leaders who are committed agents of transformation in U.S. Latino… Continue reading

Harvard Kennedy School: Mid-Career Master in Public Administration

Hello, and thanks for joining us! Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking to those of you who are still in college and thinking about graduate school. With programs such as HBS 2+2, Yale Silver Scholars, UVA Darden Future Year and Stanford Deferred Admission, there are multiple opportunities to gain admittance into a top-tier… Continue reading

How to Use the Juicy Story Framework to Write Strong Application Essays

Welcome to the second installment in our video series with myself (Kaneisha Grayson) and our most experienced consultant, Judy Kugel! In this video, Judy and I discuss how to make your application essays stand out using techniques such as to show (as opposed to tell) your story. Disclaimer: Judy does NOT work at Harvard Kennedy School… 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

Advice on writing about your career in your MPP, MBA, and MPH admissions essays

Almost any top professional school, whether an MPP, MBA, MPH, M. Ed, or MSW, is going to ask you to describe your career vision—your professional plans and goals. Why do they ask me about my professional goals? Top professional schools ask about your career vision and your professional goals, because they want to make sure that… Continue reading

Tips for Writing the Optional Essay for Harvard Kennedy School

One of the most underused tools for standing out in the application process is using the optional essay. It’s hard to write a great optional essay and very easy to write an ineffective one that annoys the admissions committee. Who should write the optional essay? Although it’s called the “optional essay,” about 70% of my… Continue reading