If you are interested in a Master of Public Policy, there is no better school in the world than the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I’ve been lucky to have advised many students on their quest to attend this program and all have been accepted! Of course, that has more to do with the quality of the great international students I get to wor with.
HKS goes out of its way to meet prospective students and to be available for information and questions. I’ve just received an email from Matt Clemons, Director of Admissions at the Kennedy School, outlining their plans for the admissions cycle that begins in 2018.
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The response deadline for 2017 admission recently passed and we are now shifting more of our focus to the next recruitment cycle. A big part of our focus will be on scheduling opportunities for prospective applicants to meet with members of the HKS community around the world. In addition to travels by our staff, HKS students will be completing professional development opportunities in the coming months and many will volunteer to meet with prospective applicants. We worked with students and alumni to schedule over 50 events during June, July, and August last year.
As we schedule events we will make updates to our Admissions Blog, recruitment calendar and Twitter account. We also host virtual information sessions that allow anyone with an internet connection to participate.
Sessions led by students or alumni are usually small, casual gatherings at public places like coffee shops and current students/alumni share about their HKS experience. HKS students and alumni are not experts in the admissions process and the sessions are not formal admission interviews nor do the students or alumni sit on an Admissions Committee or pass along evaluative comments for Committee members to consider. The sessions are simply a time for prospective students to hear from HKS students and/or alumni about their experiences at HKS.
The Admissions Committee has also started to meet to discuss possible changes to the admissions application in the coming year. I just started a long-term application planning series on the blog that will run throughout the summer. You can see the first entry here. If you wish to subscribe to our Admissions Blog to receive updates each time a new post is published, click on the following link to enter your email address:
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In person information sessions currently available for registration or being planned are below. If details are pending please make sure to check ourAdmissions Blog and/or our recruitment calendar for updates.
Harare, Zimbabwe – April 26 – click here to register (student-led session)
Managua, Nicaragua – April 28 – click here to register
Vancouver, BC – Late May/Early June
Portland, Oregon – June
Salem, Oregon – June
Eugene, Oregon – June
Budapest, Hungary – June
Vienna, Austria – June
Prague, Czech Republic – June
Washington, DC – June/July
New York, NY – July
I will also be hosting a WeChat conversation (messaging application used predominantly in China) on Wednesday, April 26. For information on how to participate see this Admissions Blog entry or this WeChat promotional link.
Please note that our online application for 2018 admission consideration will be available in September and the deadline to submit the application will be in early December. We are working on final dates and will release details as our plans become final. If you are planning to apply you can get started by reviewing our application requirements page. Thank you for your interest in Harvard Kennedy School—my staff and I look forward to assisting you.
Director of Admissions
Harvard Kennedy School