For those interested in applying to SIPA for coursework beginning in 2011, please note that our goal is to have the new application live on August 15th. The deadline for spring 2011 consideration will be October 1st and the deadline for fall 2011 consideration will be January 5th.
Each summer we make some technical changes to the application as well as review the content of the application. The Admissions Committee begins a series of meetings each June. In these meetings we discuss everything from the review process to the questions or topics applicants will be asked to respond to on the application. I am confident based on how the review process went last year that the bulk of what we ask applicants to submit will be the same. I am also confident that we will not be asking applicants to respond to the same essay questions/topics.
Although the application will not be live until August 15th, I will provide updates throughout the summer on this blog. For example, as soon as the committee determines what applicants will be asked to write on, I will make sure to post the information on the blog.
I would recommend that interested applicants review what we asked for last year. You can review everything we asked for by clicking here. There should be no major changes in our asking applicants to submit the application, fee, three recommendations, two résumés, transcripts, a personal statement composed of one or several questions/topics, and appropriate test scores.
It is entirely possible to start working on your application now by ordering transcripts, starting on your résumés, making contact with recommenders, and studying for appropriate tests (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL). I will provide further guidance on the personal statement at a later time, but sufficed to say, it should incorporate what you wish to do in the future and how you see SIPA playing a role in your development.