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The Waiting Game


“…of all the hardships a person had to face none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”

Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

We will begin rolling out decisions today; however, don’t be discouraged if you haven’t heard from us yet.  It can take a few days from when a decision is made to when it is released to the system.  We don’t publish all our decisions in a single day, so if yours doesn’t happen to be one of the first to be finalized, hang in there.  Waiting isn’t easy but sometimes “it’s” worth the wait.

A day in Admissions

9am: [large] coffee in hand, I was ready to conquer the applications I left sitting on my desk the night before…

then the day got started…

9:30am: followed up on some emails.  counted days left before majority of the admission decisions are released in March <panic>.

10am: Fellowship Committee Meeting — reevaluating how funds are dispersed for 1st and 2nd year students.

11am: crunched some application numbers — approximately 90% of applications submitted are complete.  If you haven’t sent in your missing documents — you know who you are — please send them in.

12pm: MIA/MPA information Session today —  Thank you for joining us!

2pm – 5pm: I blocked a couple of hours today to read files but with the multiple interruptions throughout the day from conversations about Disneyland and peanut M&Ms (an office favorite) to calming over anxious callers to mandatory computer software updates… I was only able to live vicariously through a few applicants as they talked about their commitment to public service and their exploration of the world and of themselves… Unfortunately, by the end of the day the stack did not get much shorter — not a very productive reading day.

5pm:  take a break to recap the day on the Admissions Blog, which I have dreadfully neglected for weeks.

6pm:  somehow more files have found their way into my office.   Guess I will have some interesting reading this weekend (while my babies nap).

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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