Standing out, getting in, and staying level headed while applying for a postgraduate program especially  to an Ivy League University may seem like  a daunting task when you are not well informed about the intricacies of the admission process and the  minimum requirements for admissions. Hence, this calls for the relevance of attending information sessions organized by such colleges. On the 12th September,2022 EducationUSA in collaboration with @Princeton University held an information session on Post Graduate Courses in Public and International Affairs at the American Corner, Agbogba



Steven Petric, the director of Graduate Affairs Admissions of Princeton School of Public and International Affairs ( SPIA)  facilitated the session with comprehensive information about all that entailed SPIA. To usher the participants  into the great ambience of the school environment : a virtual picture slide tour together with which the overview of  the university was showcased.


He went further to elaborate extensively on the  graduate degree programs SPIA  offers  which are: 

  • Master in Public Affairs (MPA) :  2 – year degree  which offers 16 courses 
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP) :  1 –  year Mid-career degree  which covers 8 courses 
  • P.H.D, Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs: 2 Clusters of study which are Security studies  and Science,Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP) 

Adding to that, He also made mention  of the Optional Certificate Programs of the school which are Health and Health Policy(HHP), Science,Technology, and Environmental Policy(STEP) and Urban Policy(UP)



“ We literally pay you to come to school, We invest in you!!” Steven Petric emphasized that Princeton and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, who are distinguished for aiding their students in the pursuit of higher education and being leaders in service, funds all the tuition and health fees of all their enrolling students over the duration of their programs. Which is 2 years for the MPA, 1 year for the MPP and 5 years for the PHD. 

He said “along with it ,we offer generous, need based-living stipends”. The why? is to ensure that all our students can commit their energy and time fully focused on academics and social  life at the school. Stressing emphatically about the tuition, He proceeded to clear the air  that the tuition is not a loan nor is it based on or linked to any campus job.


Delving into the requirements for application, Steven elaborated that, a completed application  must include  a Princeton University Graduate Application,personal statement, supplemental essay, certificate statement ,policy memo, curriculum Vitae/resume, transcripts, GPA, Academic & Professional Recommendations, statement of financial resources and TOEFL/IELTS(If you a citizen from a-non English speaking country)

“ We look through our admissions holistically” He said,  cautioning  the participants to avoid being stoic in their  personal statements write-ups and avoid leaving loop-holes in any of their application requirements  but rather encouraged them to write their unique stories because the school celebrates diversity of perspectives.

He urged the participants, “Princeton is possible, our graduate programs are distinguished by diverse cohorts of dedicated public servants and we will love to have more people from West  Africa” . 


It was a bewildering experience for both the participants and the organizers of the program. Attendees expressed how they were  intrigued with the insightful knowledge they had  gained and were super elated about the application fee waiver they had from attending the session. The climax of the event was characterized with a serene atmosphere of networking and photograph taking.