When I started looking at Master’s programs, I knew what I wanted to do with my career: help underrepresented students get to college and succeed there. But translating that into a particular academic program, at Harvard or elsewhere—well, that’s not as straightforward. After all, it’s not like the world of education is as neatly siloed as “Arts in Education,” “Education Policy and Management,” or “Prevention Science and Practice.”
But even though you’ve got to pick a program in the end, you aren’t limited to that specific programmatic space at HGSE. I have a range of classes: from my program seminar with the Higher Ed cohort to a Statistics class with students from every program at HGSE. So if you’ll be applying to HGSE, think hard about what you want to pursue, but don’t worry: you will have more opportunities than you can take advantage of to engage with topics outside of your specific program.
Jessica Perez is a Master’s of Education candidate in the Higher Education program. She is passionate about improving college access and completion for underrepresented student populations.