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2018 Applying to Grad School

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State Department Considering Public Diplomacy Overhaul
The revamp comes as officials debate how to counter Russian and Chinese influence campaigns.

BY  | OCTOBER 19, 2018

Net Neutrality’s End Will Let Power Eat the Internet
Information is getting more centralized as online norms fracture.


Forget Stanford, Tsinghua Beckons
America is losing African and Asian students to China.


Socialists and Libertarians Need an Alliance Against the Establishment
U.S. foreign policy is ripe for disruption—but only if the left and right get their act together.

BY  | SEPTEMBER 24, 2018


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How can you put your best foot forward when applying to a graduate school program in international affairs? In this FP Guide, admissions directors and other experts at leading schools share information about what they look for in an admission application.

Requirements and strategies vary from school to school. Some advice, however, may apply to many different schools of international affairs:

Tell your story.

Schools want to know what inspires you to pursue a career in international affairs and how your work experience or other background will contribute to your pursuits.

Pay close attention to deadlines.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised how easy it can be to miss a date and lose out on admissions priority or financial aid.

Prepare for exams.

GRE/GMAT requirements are listed in the profiles in this FP Guide. In addition, most schools require an exam such as the TOEFL or IELTS for international applicants, or other proof of English proficiency. See individual school websites for details.

Become familiar with the school and its programs.

Schools appreciate applicants who understand their programs and culture. They also like to know why you are interested in a particular program.

Think carefully about whom to ask for recommendation letters.

Programs vary in the number of letters required and whom you should ask.



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