Graduate Degrees for the Public Good Tour the West Coast

Hey, West Coast! In the coming weeks my colleagues Chris, Jung, and I are visiting five cities on our tour of Graduate Degree Fairs for the Public Good: San Francisco (September 30), Los Angeles (October 1), Portland (October 4), Seattle (October 7) and Vancouver, BC (October 10).

We hope to meet you at one of them! No, really, I mean it. Here’s why we love meeting you at our events:

First, we love to hear what you are doing with your life—and how you’ll use grad school to advance your efforts to create a better world.

We love when you ask which of the 60 to 120 grad schools to stop and chat with…or when you ask questions like, “Why go to a panel discussion?” Well, we’ll say, because you’ll hear about admissions, financial aid, the best time to go back to school, and overlooked opportunities.

“Will the admissions staff on the panel only talk about their own schools?” you ask. The answer is no: Good panelists know to make their comments as relevant as possible to all prospective students.

Finally, we love meeting you because we know and love our admissions community (the admissions staff who join us at many fairs throughout the fall season)—and we are genuinely excited to introduce you to them. Did you know that many admissions professionals are graduates of their programs? And that they have been practicing professionals in the field? When they read your application, they see what you have accomplished and they understand why those experiences might make you a successful candidate.

What kinds of schools come? Schools are mostly professional masters degree programs (many do have Ph.D. programs) and include specializations in public health, social work, education, divinity, public administration, nonprofit and business management, law, communications, and more.

Next stops on our tour: the Midwest (October 20-23), and the South (October 27-November 3).

If you won’t get to attend a fair this fall, check out our new online Public Service Graduate Education Resource Center.

This entry was written by Amy, who also blogs at The New Service.
[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]

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