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2017 Applying to Grad School

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University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

 

Faculty at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies want to see a record of academic and professional success as well as three other key qualities:

“Visiting campus before you apply can make a considerable impact on your consideration for admission as well as funding opportunities.” –Robert MacDonald, Executive Director of Graduate Enrollment, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

“We know that students’ interests change,” says Robert MacDonald, executive director of graduate enrollment. “We help students redirect their interests and objectives in a strategic way to make the most of their time in graduate school.” For example, the MA in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration typically attracts the smallest number of new students, but it is among the programs graduating the most students. Many students take advantage of the Josef Korbel School’s wide choice of interrelated programs to explore new skills and interests.

“Visiting campus before you apply can make a considerable impact on your consideration for admission as well as funding opportunities,” says MacDonald. The school also encourages potential applicants to attend an open house or alumni event in their area and to feel free to call the Office of Graduate Enrollment to ask questions.

The Josef Korbel School takes a holistic approach in reviewing applications. Generally speaking, GRE scores carry less weight than the total sum of an applicant’s profile. If a student has a low GPA, strong GRE scores can help reveal their academic potential. But a weak GRE score will not ruin the chances of admission for a strong applicant with a high GPA.

Regardless of what undergraduate institution an applicant attended or their GRE scores and GPA, work experience can illuminate their potential. “We are less interested in an applicant’s number of years of work experience than in their accomplishments,” says MacDonald. For example, the experience of working abroad in a field of interest, whether at age 22 or age 30, can help to demonstrate that one has the dedication and stamina to work in international affairs.

The most helpful recommendation letters come from someone who can attest to an applicant’s strengths—and experience or academic preparedness—that cannot be demonstrated elsewhere on the application. For example, if you are an applicant who has no demonstrable work experience outside of internships, it would be wise to seek a professional recommendation from a previous supervisor who knows you well and can attest to your motivation, performance, and accomplishments.

The Josef Korbel School offers a variety of scholarship opportunities, including the full-tuition Sié fellowship, awarded each year to 10 incoming students. Returning Peace Corps volunteers are also eligible for Coverdell Fellowships. Applying before the admissions priority deadline (November 15 for spring enrollment; January 15 for fall enrollment) helps maximize one’s chances of receiving an award.

Master’s Degree Program Options: MA, Conflict Resolution; MA, Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration; MA, International Administration; MA, International Development; MA, International Human Rights; MA, International Security; MA, International Studies; Master of Public Policy. Dual degrees include the MA/JD (law) and MA/MSW (social work). The school also offers a PhD in International Studies and five certificate programs.

Application Deadlines:
• Winter 2017 Enrollment – Priority deadline: November 15, 2017
• Fall 2018 Enrollment – Priority deadline: January 15, 2018, rolling until August 15, 2018

Standardized Exam Scores: GRE or GMAT (may be waived in special circumstances). For English language requirement for non-native speakers of English, see www.du.edu/korbel/media/documents/adm-intl-student-app-checklist.pdf

Recommendation Letters: Two required (three for PhD candidates)
Application Checklist: www.du.edu/korbel/media/documents/admissions/korbel-ma-application-checklist-august-2017.pdf
Contact: Korbeladm@du.edu; 303-871-2544

Participates in the Paul D. Coverdell Program for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

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