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2022 Applying to Graduate School in International Affairs

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A Strong Graduate School Application Starts with Intentionality

Applying to an international affairs graduate program is, in some ways, an exercise in self-awareness. Admissions committees are trying to understand the whole person, from strengths and skills to what the desired next stage of the applicant’s career is and how the particular school and program will help them achieve this goal. Strong applications, including accompanying recommendation letters, will dig in deep and articulate this well.

“Our most compelling candidates know our commitment to service, and they’re intentional in telling a meaningful story about their interests,” says Jia Jiang, senior director of graduate enrollment management at American University. “It’s the mindset they bring to the application process that makes them different.”

As graduate schools take a more tailored approach to education, they are seeking students who are eager and able to leverage their unique offerings beyond the curriculum. That might include the program’s location, the opportunities it provides for interdisciplinary collaboration, or its distinguished faculty, invited lecturers, and relationships with agencies and organizations.

In this special FP Guide, university leaders discuss degree program differentiators and offer insight into admissions considerations.


George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government Holistic Admissions Approach Contributes to Diversity in the Classroom


Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Renowned Faculty and New Curriculum Build Global Mindset and Expertise


Yale University, Yale Jackson School of Global Affairs Yale Prepares to Admit Inaugural Class for Newly Formed School


Arizona State University, Thunderbird School of Global Management Wanted: Applicants With Passion and Varied Perspectives


Rice University, School of Social Sciences A Personalized Approach With Real-World Experience


University of Notre Dame, Keough School of Global Affairs Students Empowered in Career Preparation Through Personal Advising and Fellowships


American University, School of International Service ‘Waging Peace’ Since 1957


Indiana University, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies Strategic Languages, Social Awareness Combine in Training of New Global Leaders


Texas A&M University, Bush School of Government & Public Service Studying Policy at the Epicenter of U.S. Government


University of Miami, Master of Arts in International Administration Equipping Students With the Skills and Experience to Tackle Large-Scale Crises


Princeton University, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs Admissions Prioritizes a Demonstrated Commitment to Public Service


The Fletcher School at Tufts University Customizable Degrees Address Global Challenges and Students’ Career Aspirations


University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy Broad Student Body Brings Curiosity and Engagement to Programs


Florida International University, Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs Green School Degree Programs Allow Students to Specialize in Global Hotspots


Carnegie Mellon University, Institute for Politics and Strategy Where Real Expertise Meets Real-World Experience

 


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