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Public Administration

Harvard Kennedy School

24 months
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About

The two-year Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree offered by Harvard Kennedy School equips students who have prior work experience and have taken graduate-level courses with the skills, perspectives, and nuanced understanding they need to be effective leaders in solving public problems.

Overview

The Public Administration degree offered by the Harvard Kennedy School curriculum is designed to be flexible, allowing students to create a 16-credit study plan – or 12 credits for students pursuing a concurrent degree – that reflects their academic interests, and their personal and professional aspirations. Students complement their study plan by taking two electives in a Policy Area of Concentration, and one credit in each of these areas:

  • Economics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Management and Leadership
  • Political Thought and Institutions

While at Harvard Kennedy School, a number of MPA students choose to pursue concurrent degrees in business, law, medicine, or other professional fields either at Harvard or at approved partner institutions. The concurrent degree option gives MPA students the opportunity to earn two degrees in a reduced amount of time.

Where MPA graduates go after HKS

Master of Public Administration graduates secure higher leadership positions in their original professional fields or transition to careers in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. This may include careers at alternative energy firms, global development banks, nongovernmental organizations, multinational financial institutions, and leading strategic consulting firms. They also work in the private sector, in positions that have public impact.

The Office of Career Advancement’s most recent employment overview provides more information about the positions MPA graduates take on after HKS and the careers they develop to serve the public good.

Programme Structure

The MPA curriculum is designed to be flexible, to allow students to create a 16-credit study plan that reflects their academic interests, and their personal and professional aspirations. Students sharpen their skill set and complement their study plan by taking two electives in a Policy Area of Concentration as well as one credit in each of these areas:

  • Economics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Management and Leadership
  • Political Thought and Institutions

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English
IELTS admission requirements IELTS
7
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
100

Credits

16 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GMAT admission requirements GMAT
Required

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
7
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT
100

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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)

Work experience

MPA students are required to have at least three years of full-time professional work experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They must also have completed a minimum of four graduate-level courses similar to those in the Master in Public Policy core curriculum, including some quantitative coursework.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51432 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 51432 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    51432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 51432 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

1814 - 3756 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

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