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What makes a good candidate?

Insider tips on what the SIPA admissions committee looks for in an applicant

There is no “perfect” candidate.  Many of our applicants are interested in advancing professionally within their field, while others are changing their careers entirely. Some have stellar academic records, and many have stumbled a time or two while in college. And every type of applicant has been admitted to SIPA. Thus, due to the diversity of our applicant pool, there are no firm requirements for applying (and that includes GPA, GRE/GMAT scores and work history).

For a general idea of what we look for in a candidate academically and professionally, read the following recommendations for making your application as competitive as possible.

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Are you ready?

Great things await you… but first you need to submit your application.

Today (January 5th) is the application deadline for our MIA/MPA two year degree program.  Make sure you have all your “i” dotted and “t” crossed before you hit the “SUBMIT” button.

Decision notifications are posted to the application Web site.  You will receive an email when the decision is available.  Admitted candidates will receive a hard copy of the admission letter.  We do not mail hard copy letters to applicants who are not admitted.  Decisions are communicated in early March.  All applications are read during the same period (beginning now), therefore all decisions are released roughly around the same time.

Good luck!


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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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