Korbel is now accepting the GMAT

We are now accepting the GMAT in addition to the GRE. Both can be used for admission and scholarship consideration. In case you need it, our institution code is MZR-Z3, which sounds like a weird hybrid between a Mazda and a BMW.  Funny you should mention it Brad, if Korbel were a car, what kind of car would it be?


Start your external scholarship search now

While most graduate schools don’t have application deadlines for another 6 months, there is something you can start doing today that will have massive payoffs in the future: apply to external scholarships. We keep a list on our website and we are currently in the process of updating it.  Most applicants don’t think about how they will pay for graduate school until much later in the year—by which time most of the external scholarship deadlines have passed.

Here are a few I highly recommend you keep on your radar.

  1. Rangel Fellows program: Receive funding towards graduate school; receive an appointment to the Foreign Service after you graduate. One of our graduates (Katherine) was a Rangel Fellow and is now serving with the Foreign Service. In a recent conversation, she answered two questions for me:

Q: Brad: How did you pay for graduate school?

K: I paid for graduate school with the Rangel government funded fellowship.

Q: Was it worth it?  That is to say, could you be doing what you are doing now without Korbel?

A: It was worth it.  The connections I made with classmates and the theoretical application of what I learned in the classroom and in programs like the Korbel in DC program were a great way to gain real work experience.

  1. Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship: Pays up to $90,000 in benefits towards graduate school. Much like the Rangel Fellows program, this fellowship includes an employment obligation post graduate school with USAID.
  2. PEO International Peace Scholarship: Unlike the previous two, this scholarship is reserved for females who are not US citizens.

Start researching some of these options now! It will take a lot of the pressure off your enrollment decision next April.

Good luck and check our website for an updated list of external scholarships!



Peace Corps Application Process

I recently heard on NPR about the Peace Corps new application process. In full disclosure, I will confess that I never participated in the Peace Corps. As a 21 year old fresh out of college, I really wanted to do the Peace Corps, but could not stomach the idea of committing to the essay requirement (also, if you can’t get through an essay question, you’d never last in the Peace Corps). 

The Peace Corps has seen their applications drop by a 1/3rd since 2009 so they are implementing these new application requirements which are great for you.

1. A shorter application/essay process (too late for me I guess)

2. The ability to choose where you want to serve

3. Shorter pre departure wait times

These are all great new changes to the application process and hopefully will lead to more people joining. While I never joined the Peace Corps, I encourage others to enroll–it’s a great way to gain work experience, language skills and direction for where you want to take your career. Plus we have two formal programs with the Peace Corps: The Coverdell Fellows program (for returned Peace Corps volunteers) and the Masters International Program (for individuals heading into the Peace Corps).

In related news, The University of Denver is still the largest program for returned Peace Corps Volunteers and a top 10 Masters International Program.