This week we’re sharing the inside scoop of submitting transcripts for your MIA or MPP application. Keep reading for some common questions, and our answers.
They might seem pretty straightforward, but there’s a lot more to your transcripts than just grades. Together with your letters of motivation, your transcripts help us assess your performance in an academic setting. While they are just one component in our holistic approach to evaluation, your transcripts can tell us a lot about you.
More than just what classes you took and the grades you earned, your transcripts can show us what topics you’re passionate about, how rigorous your programme was, and if you’ve already taken any coursework that might have prepared you for your future studies at the Hertie School.
You’ll need to submit transcripts for every degree you have completed (bachelor’s level or equivalent and higher) that show all the classes you took and the grades you achieved, as well as a final cumulative grade.
Yes, we need transcripts for those too.
We ask you to submit these as well because this allows us to compare your performance at two different institutions and to form a more complete understanding of your academic potential. Established international experience also demonstrates a high level of independence and personal suitability, which we are happy to see in our applicants.
Please note that while we take international experience into consideration, it is not a pre-requisite for admission.
To make the application process as simple as possible, the transcript you submit during the application process does not have to be stamped, sealed or digitally protected. In other words, an unofficial copy will do, and a scan of your transcript will suffice at this stage. Only after admission will you need to provide either the original version or certified copies as an official part of enrolment.
No. Transcripts originally issued in a language other than English must be translated by a sworn (court-registered or certified) translator. However, they don’t need to be apostilled. We unfortunately can’t accept personal translations, so please contact your local American Embassy or British Consulate for a list of certified translators in your area. Translations must be literal, meaning grades shouldn’t be transferred into other grading systems.
Absolutely. You can apply without an undergraduate certificate but you will need to have completed your undergraduate studies by 31 August 2021 in order to be able to register for the programme beginning on 1 September of the same year. If you don’t have your certificate yet, please indicate in your application when you will receive it. Though it’s not required, we highly recommend submitting an official letter from your university stating your anticipated graduation date. Keep in mind that upon admission to the programme, we’ll let you know which authenticated documents must be mailed or presented to us in person as part of our credential evaluation process.
No worries at all. While a big chunk of our students have studied a social science in the past, around half of our students come from other backgrounds. The first semesters in the MIA and MPP programmes are designed to give everyone, regardless of academic discipline, a solid foundation for the entire two years. And yes, that includes intro courses in economics and statistics, too – for which no prior coursework is required (economists and statisticians can apply for a waiver and test into advanced courses).
Grades aren’t everything
Repeat it with me: You are more than your GPA!
Your grades are just a small snapshot of who you are as an individual and a student, and they certainly aren’t the end-all-be-all determining factor for admission. As you’ve hopefully noticed, we like to get a complete picture when evaluating applications. We want to understand who you are as a whole and streamline the entire process. It’s why we don’t require a minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT scores for admission. We know grading systems are different around the world, and we understand it’s not always common to take standardised entrance exams. For similar reasons, this is also why we allow applicants who completed their degree more than three years ago to provide a professional letter of reference in place of an academic one.
If you’re feeling unsure about your transcripts, we encourage you to address it in your application and to use other parts – such as your letter of motivation or the “Further information” section in the online portal – to highlight why you’re the right fit for the Hertie School.