MPP candidates arrive at Harvard Kennedy School committed to improving the world. They equip themselves to do so through broad-spectrum analytical competency. This defining feature of the MPP means intellectual honesty; a hunger for evidence; the capacity to extract answerable questions from the messy clutter of real-world public problems; familiarity with a wide range of analytic methods and the habit of picking the tool to fit the task.
Public Policy degree from Harvard Kennedy School curriculum features policy analysis, economics, management and leadership, empirical analysis, negotiation, ethics, and politics. The first year culminates in a Spring Exercise that lets student teams try their hand at a real-world, real-time policy challenge. Most students spend the summer on a policy-oriented internship. The Policy Analysis Exercise—a client-driven, often team-based practicum—caps the second-year curriculum, in which students also pursue a range of electives at HKS and throughout Harvard.
Classes at the Harvard Kennedy School are taught by the case method, the more traditional lecture format, or a mixture of both. Students work together in small groups on projects and are aided by course assistants, teaching fellows, and faculty members in a collaborative and non-competitive working environment.
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- Management & leadership
- Policy analysis
- Quantitative analysis
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesPublic Policy View 411 other Masters in Public Policy in United States
- 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/statement (depending on the degree program)
- three letters of recommendation
- official academic transcripts
- standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS)
Not required, but at least 2-3 years full-time professional experience preferred.
International51432 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 51432 USD per year during 24 months.
National51432 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 51432 USD per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Cambridge
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Harvard Kennedy School offers a limited number of competitive fellowships and scholarships each year to domestic and international students who meet certain eligibility criteria such as country of study area, country of citizenship, or gender. To be considered, applicants will need to apply for merit-based fellowships and need-based scholarships during the HKS admission process. There are very few opportunities for students to apply for fellowships and scholarships once they are admitted to HKS.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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