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Harvard Kennedy School Chances (MPP)

gobears2009gobears2009 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited November 2012 in Graduate School
Hey Everyone,

A few things changed since the last time I asked for help in determining my chances at the KSG. I was hoping you could re-assess my chances for getting into the MPP program at the KSG in this upcoming admissions cycle.

UC Berkeley
Class of 2009
B.S. Environmental Policy
GPA: 3.9

I haven't taken the GRE yet but I've been practicing. I'm scoring in the low-600s right now -- what do you think I need to get to be a strong candidate in the context of my holistic application? Would 620V/630Q cut it?

Work Experience:

The White House: Council on Environmental Quality (8 months by the time I apply)
Legislative Affairs Intern

Office of a San Jose Councilmember (1 Year by the time I apply)
Policy Analyst/ Speechwriter

Office of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (6 months Post-College)
Legislative Intern
Worked on energy, environmental, and international narcotics issues.

Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice (3 months in College)
Public Outreach Consultant

Fund For Public Interest Research (1 Year in College)
Field Manager / Campaign and Lobby Coordinator
Organized grassroots campaigns for different non-profit groups such as the Human Rights Campaign, CALPIRG, and Environment California.

Race: Indian-American
Recs: Should be pretty solid, but mainly for employers and not professors.
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Replies to: Harvard Kennedy School Chances (MPP)

  • zerolifezerolife Registered User Posts: 55 Junior Member
    your working experience is quite weak. I think 2+ years of fulltime post-college work would have been better
  • brown14brown14 Registered User Posts: 808 Member
    really? i think you have strong work experience in govt with a focus on what you did in undergrad

    what GRE score do u need for kennedy school?
  • gobears2009gobears2009 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    What about the MPP program at:

    How are my chances there? Thanks!
  • akerenciakerenci Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I need your help. I am an international student, my English is not my mother language. What do you think about my chance to be accepted by Harvard Kennedy Master of Public Policy. Despite my satisfying toefl, i could not get a cogent GRE verbal score but since i am not native, i hope the admission committe tolerate it with my toefl score... What do you think? My scores are below:

    Toefl IBT: 107
    GRE Verbal: 149 (440 in the old score system)
    GRE Quantitative: 166 (800 in the old system)

    Please Reply...
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