Presentation on theme: "Harvard Kennedy School"— Presentation transcript:
1Harvard Kennedy School Harvard Kennedy SchoolAsk what you can do.Matt Clemons – Director of Admissions
2MISSIONTrain enlightened public leaders and generate the ideas that provide solutions to our most challenging public problems.
3We are a professional school Professional skills developmentProject and case study focusNo academic thesisMajority do not go on to PhDWe prefer previous full-time professional workNegotiate, manage, measure, lead, communicate
4There is not one profile We are interested in applicants from a variety of majorsPrevious work experience does not have to be government relatedBoth our students and alumni represent the not-for-profit, private, and public sectors
5The Harvard Universe 14 Different schools Graduate training in a variety of fieldsEach school runs its own operationsDifferent admission offices and policies
74 40% 900+ 80+ 0-40 500+ HKS Overview master’s degrees international students900+full time students80+countries0-40years of work experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors500+colleges and universities previously attended
8What are we looking for?Commitment to public service and to making a differenceLeadership skillsQuantitative abilityStrong academicsDiverse backgrounds
9Overview of Degree Programs DetailsRequirementsMaster in Public Policy (MPP)2-year programCore curriculum: analysis, management, and leadershipBachelor’s degreeWork experience: none, average is 2-3 yearsTwo-Year Master in Public Administration (MPA2)Flexible curriculumBachelor’s degree & substantial graduate-level courseworkWork experience: 3 yearsMid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) & Mason Program1-year programWork experience: 7 years, average is 14 yearsMaster in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID)Core curriculum:Economics-centered,multi-disciplinaryBachelor’s degree & quantitative courseworkWork experience: none, average is 4 years
10PhD Programs Public Policy Political Economy and Government Health PolicySocial Policy
11Master in Public Policy (MPP) Work experience is not required (but the average is 2-3 years)Two year programCore curriculum plus electivesAverage age: 26Average class size: 227
12Policy Area Concentration Policy Analysis Exercise MPP CurriculumCore RequirementsPolicy Area ConcentrationYear 1Year 2EconomicsQuantitative AnalysisPolitics & AdvocacyStrategic ManagementEthicsPolicy AnalysisLeadershipBusiness & Government PolicyDemocracy, Politics, & InstitutionsInternational & Global AffairsInternational Trade & FinancePolitical & Economic DevelopmentSocial & Urban PolicySpring ExercisePolicy Analysis Exercise
13MPP Spring ExerciseTwo-week long simulation that offers students an intense challenge of intellectual integration and practical application spanning the disciplines represented in the MPP core.Students practice applying core tools and concepts in a setting and at a pace approximating professional reality.Students attend presentations and write policy memos and briefings related to the challenge.Past Spring Exercise topics have included:Sex TraffickingGlobal WarmingAIDS in AfricaRebuilding Afghanistan
14MPP Policy Analysis Exercise Capstone of the MPP program - equivalent to a thesis.Students work with a real world client to implement a solution to a public policy problem.Recent award winning PAEs include:21st Century GDP: National Indicators for a New EraRail Station Renovation Studies: Recommendations for the Redevelopment of New York’s Penn StationReintegration of Former Child Soldiers in the Cote d’Ivorie
15Master in Public Administration (MPA2) Prerequisites: at least three years full-time professional work experience and a master’s degree or considerable relevant graduate course workTwo-year programAverage age: 30Average class size: 71
16MPA2 Curriculum Two courses from a policy area One class from each distribution areaEconomics and Quantitative AnalysisSample class: Public Sector EconomicsManagement and LeadershipSample class: Judgment Making, Decision Making, and BehaviorPolitical Thought and InstitutionsSample class: Religion, Politics, and Public PolicyElectives Flexible curriculum
17Mid-Career MPAMinimum of seven years full-time professional work experience (average is 14 years)Average age: 39Average class size: 196One year programDeveloping country citizens apply through the Mason Program
18Mid-Career MPA Curriculum Summer programOne class from each distribution areaEconomics and Quantitative AnalysisSample class: The Political Economy of TradeManagement and LeadershipSample class: Decision Making and Leadership in the Public SectorPolitical Thought and InstitutionsSample class: Human Rights and International PoliticsElectives
19MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) Pre-requisites: microeconomics, macroeconomics, and multivariable calculus. Statistics and linear algebra are desirable but not required.Work experience is not required, but strongly preferred, preferably in a developing countryTwo year programAverage age: 27Average class size: 70
20MPA/ID Curriculum Core courses Electives Summer internship Past internships: Turkish Treasury Department, US Embassy in Madagascar, Boston Consulting Group, and Inter-American Development BankSecond Year Policy Analysis (SYPA)Capstone paper designed to integrate students’ coursework and skills acquired during the programObjective is to provide specific policy recommendations in the context of a concrete developmental problem
21Combined Degree Programs Joint DegreesHarvard Business SchoolHarvard Law SchoolConcurrent DegreesBusiness: UPenn, Dartmouth, Stanford, MITLaw: Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, Michigan, NYU, Northwestern, UPenn, Stanford, YaleDivinity: Harvard (MTS or MDiv)Design: Harvard (MUP)Medicine: Case-by-caseCross registration opportunities are available within Harvard, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Tufts Fletcher School.
22Admissions TipsSign up for the admissions blog to stay up-to-date on admissions information and recruitment activities. hksadmissionblog.tumblr.comPlan Ahead! In the coming months:Register for the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS by the end of October/early November.Obtain transcripts from all of the schools you attended for credit.Select your recommenders and ask if they will write a letter of recommendation for you.
23Test Information GRE and GMAT Not cutoffs, we prefer scores in the top 30%TOEFLMinimum iBT score of 100 and we prefer 25 on each sectionIELTSMinimum score of 7 and prefer score of 7 on each section.
24One application open date – September The CycleOne application open date – SeptemberOne application deadline date - DecemberOne decision release date – MarchOne class start date – September
25Deadline: December 2, 2014All required materials must be included with the application and submitted by this date.Transcript3 letters of recommendationResume/CVEssay(s)GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTSVisit hks.harvard.edu/degrees/admissions/apply to learn more.
26Involvement in community HKS ThemesServiceLeadershipAdvocacyInvolvement in community
27Overview of Financial Assistance *Source: Admitted Students Fall 2012Please note: These figures should not be considered predictive of the likelihood of receiving aid or the amount received. Amount of aid available and the number of recipients will vary based upon the availability of funding.
28Harvard Kennedy School Loan RepaymentBorrowing is a reality for many at HKS…However, there are options!HKS Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP)Helps graduates employed for non-profit and government organizations with modest incomes repay their loans after graduation.Key Features:Available for both domestic and international borrowersEligible for 5 years of participationFederal Public Service Loan ForgivenessProvides loan forgiveness for borrowers who repay their loans using an income based repayment plan for the amount remaining after 10 years of employment for 501C(3) or U.S. based governmental position (federal, state, and local).Key Features:For domestic borrowers onlySlide Goal: Present HKS student loan borrowing and sample loan repayment tools*Source: Borrowers only, class of 2012
29Office of Career Advancement Individual career coachingJACK: Jobs and Careers for the Kennedy School, our dynamic job bank and career management systemA wide range of job search tools and skill development resourcesEmployers on Campus programConnections to our expansive alumni communityNetworking events with alumni and practitioners addressing the professional areas of interest most often pursued by our graduatesInformation on career-related programming throughout HKS and the Harvard community
30Employment Post-HKSThe HKS degree remains resilient in a sluggish economy.By October, 90% of 2013 graduates reporting* were settled (employed/continuing education). This is consistent with previous years.Most students will find their post-HKS positions through professional networking.In 2013, 84% of employers hired a single graduate reflecting our diversified hiring base and the unique trajectories of HKS graduates.*91% of the Class of 2013 reporting
31Employment Post-HKSOur graduates work in a multitude of industries and fields. Some of our top professional areas of interest are international development, international security, public finance, urban economic development, energy and the environment, social policy, and public affairs. Our graduates also work in a variety of sectors:
32Student Life Journals and Writing Opportunities Professional Interest Councils (PIC)Student Conferences
33John F. Kennedy Jr. ForumPremier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate.Since 1978, The Forum has hosted 1,000 events which have been seen by 650,000 people live.Heads of state; leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media; academics; community organizers; and artists visit HKS.Forum speakers must agree to answer questions from the audience.Regularly sponsors television and radio programs, film screenings, and debate watch parties.
34John F. Kennedy Jr. ForumThe Tipping Point: Elevating Women for Global SecurityA Conversation withFelipe CalderónBoston Marathon Tragedy and AftermathA Decade in Iraq: Lessons and the Landscape AheadA Public Address by His Excellency Macky Sall, President of SenegalPremiere Screening and Discussion of Game Change
35Research CentersMain engines of research, covering international, national and local issues of public policy and management.Ash Center for Democratic Governance and InnovationBelfer Center for Science and International AffairsCarr Center for Human Rights PolicyCenter for International DevelopmentCenter for Public LeadershipEdmond J. Safra Foundation for EthicsHauser Center for Nonprofit OrganizationsInstitute of PoliticsShorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public PolicyJoint Center for Housing StudiesMalcolm Wiener Center for Social PolicyMossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and GovernmentRappaport Institute for Greater BostonTaubman Center for State and Local GovernmentThe Women and Public Policy Program
36Research Centers Opportunities for students include: Workshops/lecturesFellowshipsFunding for summer internshipsLeadershipMentoringResearch projects