カテゴリー別アーカイブ: 大学院留学出願戦略

The Best International Relations Schools

毎年4月に発表されるUS News Rankingが世間では著名な大学院ランキングとして認知されていますが、なかなか、国際関係学分野に焦点を絞ったランキングはお目にかかったことがありません。左記の分野で数少ないランキングの代表格として、以下Foreign Policy サイトに掲載されているランキングを紹介します。

The results of the 2014 Ivory Tower survey—a collaboration between Foreign Policy and the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) project at the College of William & Mary—provide an insider’s guide. Responses from 1,615 IR scholars drawn from 1,375 U.S. colleges and universities determined rankings for the leading Ph.D., terminal master’s, and undergraduate programs in IR. (The scholars were asked to list the top five institutions in each category.) The survey also quizzed respondents about recent historical events and future policy challenges: Just how plausible is a U.S. war with China, for example, and who was the most effective secretary of state over the past 50 years? (Hint: Neither Condoleezza Rice nor John Kerry.)

All told, the Ivory Tower survey offers a window into how America’s top IR scholars see the world today—and which institutions are effectively nurturing future generations of thinkers and policymakers.


Top Master’s Programs for Policy Career in International Relations
1. Georgetown University
2. Johns Hopkins University
3. Harvard University
4. Princeton University
5. Columbia University
6. Tufts University
7. George Washington University
8. American University
9. London school of Economics (LSE)
10. Stanford University
11. University of Denver
12. University of Chicago
13. University of California, San Diego
14. University of Oxford
15. Yale University
16. Syracuse University
17. University of California, Berkeley
18. University of Cambridge
19. University of Pittsburgh
20. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
21. Middleburry Institute of International Studies at Monterey
21. Sciences Po-Paris
21. University of Michigan
24. Graduate Institute of International and Dev. Studies
24. New York University
24. Texas A&M University








担当受験生の支援を継続していく中で、個々の気持ちの持ちようがテストスコア等の対策準備に影響を及ぼす場面を多々目の当たりにしてきました。「合格するために何が必要ですか?」と問われこともありますが、私は以下の3つの基本要素が必要だと思います:1) 試験に対する自らの準備度合い、2) 実力、3)心理的な要素(モチベーションなど)が合致した時こそ、出願準備プロセスで訪れる決定的な局面(例:絶対にスコアアップが必要な場合)を乗り越えられると思います。まさに、「勝負力」と言っても過言ではないと思います。

New Dual Degree Program (Int’l law) with Fletcher School & U of St. Gallen in Switzerland

Tufts University (Fletcher School) より新デューアル―・ディグリープログラムが発表されました。

以下はFletcher Schoolのホームページより抜粋です。

International Law

The new dual-degree program with the University of St. Gallen will allow students to earn both a master of laws degree in international law (LL.M) from Fletcher and a master’s degree in international law (MIL) from St. Gallen after 18 months to two years of study, depending on course selection. The program started accepting students this fall.

St. Gallen specializes in law, business and international affairs. The executive director of Fletcher’s LL.M Program, John Burgess, has taught at both schools and helped create the new program, in which students will study at both institutions.




テストの選択:GMAT or GRE?


Carnegie Mellon Univ. 2016年秋入学要綱には両テストについて以下のように記されています。
Official GMAT Score (preferred) or GRE (accepted)

以下の記事はUS Newsのサイトから抜粋します。ご一読ください。

Test perception: Admissions experts are divided about the message an applicant sends when submitting GRE scores instead of GMAT results, or vice versa.

“If you submit a GMAT score you’re not going to be given preference,” says Jacobs. “They’re perceived equally.” This is also the policy at the Jindal school, Fowler says.

An applicant may not win points for submitting a GMAT score, but some schools may give the impression that this score is preferred. Schools often publish the average test scores for recent MBA students, but Murphy has noticed a difference in which test score averages are listed.

“Generally I see more of the GMAT score ranges published,” says Murphy, who worked in the admissions office for Kellogg while he was an MBA student and before the school began accepting GRE scores. If he were working in admissions now ​and saw someone submit a GRE score instead of the GMAT, it would make him wonder about the applicant.

“I would immediately question how focused are they on what they want to do, post graduate school,” he says.

Taking the GMAT confirms that a candidate is focused on getting an MBA,​ says JoAnne Goldberg, who works as a consultant for InGenius Prep. The company helps prospective graduate school candidates get accepted. “The GMAT is the test that shows that they’re serious about going to business school,” she says.

The GMAT is also an exam that business schools are more familiar with, experts say, making it easier for them to use the exam to gauge a candidate’s academic abilities. It’s also difficult to fairly compare a GMAT score – the more widely taken exam – with a GRE score, ​between applicants, Goldberg says.

Some believe – even though there’s no definitive proof – that the GRE is generally an easier exam, says Goldberg​, who is a former assistant director of admissions at the Stanford University business school and an MBA graduate of the school.

Quantitative skills: Both exams test graduate school applicants on how well they do with numbers, as well as their academic strength in other areas such as verbal reasoning. But the GRE may offer a leg up for prospective students who aren’t fans of math.

“The GMAT mathematics section is just more difficult,” says Jacobs. “If someone has a weakness in the quantitative section, then I recommend the GRE.”

She strongly encourages applicants to take the GMAT. But business schools usually require prospective students to also submit letters of recommendation, essays, transcripts and other materials. Goldberg wants applicants to remember that no single test score will solely determine who is admitted to business school.

It’s one factor,” she says. “Not the main factor.” ​




今回は大学院(主にはMasters of ArtsやScience等)の修士課程への出願に関するお話をさせていただきます。新年度を迎え、これまでの対策準備状況を見直す、もしくはこれから出願準備作業を開始される方々も多いと思います。


1. 大学院での専攻分野を選定する

2. 出願校の選定を行う

3. 出身大学(院)の成績表を取り寄せる
→評定平均値(Grade Point Average)を確認

4) ILETS/TOEFLに関する要求スコアを確認

5) 個別の出願スケジュールを作成

6)  合格に必要なGREスコアを把握


8. Curricula Vitae/Resumeの作成開始(7月)

9.  Personal Statement/ Statement of Purposeの作成開始(8月以降)

10. Letters of Recommendation用のコンテンツをまとめる

11. 推薦者へコンタクトし、Letter of Recommendationの執筆依頼

12. Application Formの入力作業開始


14. 推薦状の英訳作業(必要な場合)

中にはGREのSubject Testの受験対策準備や場合によって、ポートフォリオ、ライティングサンプルの提出などの書類提出が求められるプログラムも存在します。出願を予定する個々のプログラムの出願要綱を必ずご確認ください。



■ 取り組む事柄の例
1) テストの選定

2) どちらのラウンドで出願する予定ですか?
→できれば1Rd・・・といった考えではなく、第二グループは1st Rd, 第一グループは2nd Rdといった方針を定めていますか?

3) キャンパス訪問

4) GMATやGREの受験時期はいつ頃を予定していますか?

5) 学校関係者とのコンタクトはいつ頃を予定していますか?

6) 推薦状の人選は進んでいますか?既に依頼されましたか?

7) Resume/Curricula VitaeやEssayの作成はいつ頃からスタートしますか?そのため、自分の経歴に関する棚卸し作業は終えられていますか?






9月に入りビジネススクールが、今秋入学者のClass Profile情報を公開し始めました。そうしたProfileをみるたび思うことがあります。それは、「自分が希望とするスクールへ入学した方々はどのような努力を重ねてきたのだろうか?」と。私も海外大学院への出願経験は二度あり、今とは違ってインターネットもそれほど普及していない頃ですから、情報収集の面など非常に苦労した記憶が残っています。とはいえ、なんとか希望する大学院にて学位を取得しましたので、当時における自分の頑張りや努力が報われたと言えると思う次第です。

少し前置きが長くってしまいましたが、自分にとって成果を残す、もしくは結果を出すための努力について考えてみたいと思います。MBAやLL.M.を中心とした留学の指導に携わってから15年になろうとしていますが、最後に結果(成果)を残し、満足した状態で出願を終えられる方々をみていますと、出願準備中においても現状分析を怠ることなく、次なる目標を達成するために行うことを考え続けていました。つまりは、大きな目標(例GMAT 700点突破)へ到達するための小さな目標を設定し、自分に適した努力を継続していました。「ひたすらガムシャラに頑張る、気合で乗り切る」等の意気込みも、いざとなった時には大切な心がけかもしれません。しかしながら、私は目標達成に向けた方法論を常に考える習性の大切さを共有したいと思います。テスト対策のみならず、出願準備におきましても、マニュアル的な考えは存在します。そのマニュアルを応用し、自分に適した対策法(方法論)を見つけ出していきませんか。





【2016年秋入学用出願締め切り日】: Kennedy School (Harvard University)

Harvard University, Kennedy School of Governmentにて出願締め切り日が発表されました。http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/admissions/apply


To start a Master’s degree admission application for 2016-2017 academic year consideration please click here. The application deadline is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST. HKS does not offer spring admission.

A complete application includes:
•a submitted online application
•payment of the $100 application fee
essays, which vary by degree program
•a résumé or CV
•an additional analytic/quantitative résumé (depending on the degree program)
•three letters of recommendation
•official academic transcripts
•standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS)


New Sports Law Program : Columbia University & ISDE

スペインの Instituto Superior de Derecho y EconomiaとアメリカのColumbia Universityが、スポーツ法とスポーツ・マネジメントに特化した新たな共同学位を発表しました。また、欧米の両地域にてインターンシップなどの実 務経験や関係者との交流など、ダイナミックな大学院課程プログラムになることが予想されます。

ISDE and Columbia University proudly announce the launch of a new Companion Degree Program for internationally oriented sports industry professionals.

Qualified students can now earn two professional degrees – Columbia’s market-leading Master of Science (MS) in Sports Management, and ISDE’s innovative Master of Laws (LLM) in Global Sports Law – over the course of 12 months of intensive classroom study in New York City, and another four months of hands-on internship experience with a leading sports organization in the United States, Europe or elsewhere. (Longer internships may, in some cases, be possible with the agreement of the student and host organization.)

Columbia/ISDE Companion Degree students enjoy the same academic and administrative benefits as all other full-time Columbia students. At the same time, they also benefit from the special academic content and proven placement services offered by ISDE’s Financial Times-ranked LLM programs in sports law and other disciplines.

The Columbia/ISDE Companion Degree Program is open to highly motivated professionals with a law degree from their home country or other jurisdiction.





The school will gradually reduce enrollment over several years and has already stopped filling some vacant faculty positions, Steve Coll, dean of the school since 2013, said in an e-mail to students, faculty and staff today.

News organizations around the world are cutting staff and budgets as advertisers and readers have fled traditional media for free online sources and social media sites, such as Twitter. While graduate student applications rose sharply after the recession that began in 2008, the school’s class size is headed back to a lower “historical norm,” Coll said.

“This adjustment will preserve our capacity for hands-on and intensive teaching that is a trademark of the school,” he said in the e-mail.

The staff reductions won’t be faculty positions, spokeswoman Elizabeth Fishman said in an e-mail.

The New York school will also focus on raising funds for student scholarships, Coll said. Estimated tuition, fees and living expenses for a full-time master’s degree student are $92,933, according to the school website. Coll said he will host a public meeting tomorrow to discuss the changes.

Columbia is seeing increased demand for training in digital media, Fishman said, adding that applications for the school’s dual degree in journalism and computer science were up 47 percent this year.

Columbia, which administers the Pulitzer Prizes, is the only Ivy League school to offer a graduate journalism degree. Founded in 1912 by Joseph Pulitzer, the school offers a one-year program.