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Didn’t Get Into Your Public Policy Program and Thinking About Re-Applying? Here’s How to Re-Tool

Over the past few weeks, Masters in Public Policy Program(s) have released their admissions decisions. Not everyone got the news they were hoping for, of course, but if you’re considering applying again, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we talk through some of the most important steps you can take to

Is a Master’s in Entrepreneurship in Your Future?

Traditional business school curriculums prepare students for C-level positions in large, typically public, companies. As the Internet revolution gained momentum, business schools recognized the need to provide an education that met the needs of entrepreneurs building and operating start-ups. The skills needed for a successful startup are often different than those taught in traditional business

Is Graduate School Right for You?

Even with a strong undergraduate education, graduate school may still be required to reach your goals. Given the cost of living, tuition, and years of lost income, graduate school is an expensive decision. Understanding your motivation and goals, and how best to reach them, increases your chances of success. Who should pursue a graduate degree?

Is a Master’s in Data Analytics in Your Future?

Each year sees the introduction of new masters degree programs in specialized areas. In recent years, the focus on "Big Data" in and across enterprise organizations has led to an increase in the number of specialized masters programs in business analytics and data science. The current shortage of highly trained data analysts has led to

A Month-by-Month PhD Application Timeline

Toying with the idea of applying to a PhD program? Planning to apply, but not sure how to mount your attack? There are a lot of moving parts to a PhD application, and keeping everything in motion requires thoughtful planning. In this post, we lay out a 10-month timeline that will get you from square

MBA vs MFE: 6 Tips to Help You Decide

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in finance, you may be overwhelmed by the graduate program options. Two of the most common paths are an MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) with a concentration/specialization in Finance and a MFE (Master’s in Financial Engineering), which is also less commonly designated as a Masters in Financial Mathematics.

Urgent Policy Meeting! – An MPP Thought Experiment

Picture an urgent meeting in the Oval Office. A vigorous conversation is underway, and it includes this cast of characters: The President The Chief of Staff (responsible for ensuring that the president’s decisions are delegated to the right people and executed skillfully) A Senior Counselor/Strategist (someone who knows the president well and can offer personal support

3 Tips for Applying to MPP Programs

If you’ve already gotten a sense that a policy program might be right for you and you’d like to start preparing for the application process, it’s time to ask yourself three essential questions: How Do You Want to Serve? Lots of students apply to policy programs because they have a general sense that they’d like

5 Ways To Be A Compelling MPP Candidate

Applying to an MPP program means assembling a clear, compelling application that reflects what you value, what you’ve accomplished, and what you aim to do in the future. Here are five tips that can help your application make its mark. 1. Be Genuine. There’s only one you, so don’t pretend to be someone you’re not!

Considering an MPP or MPA? Questions to Ask Before Applying

If you want to be president, you run for office. But what if you want to work FOR the president - or elsewhere in the government or nonprofit worlds? Increasingly, a master’s level public policy degree can make the difference. Usually, that means either an MPP (Master of Public Policy) or MPA (Master of Public

5 Steps to Your Best Grad School Recommendations

Learn how to obtain strong recommendation letters that can help you rise above others with similar scores or backgrounds. A recommendation is one of the more important parts of your grad school application. First-time enrollment in grad school is competitive and continues to be fierce. A ten-year long higher education study shows that the general

5 Tips on Great Grad School Recommendations

How to recognize the right recommenders. Grad School applications have risen in record numbers in the past few years.  A higher education study conducted from 2004-2014 showed a rise in enrollment by over 150,000 students. Last year, over 2 million people applied to grad school in the US. There is no wonder why. Applying to