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Public Administration (Mid-Career)

Harvard Kennedy School

12 months
51432 USD/year
51432 USD/year
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The one-year Public Administration (Mid-Career) degree offered by the Harvard Kennedy School is an intensive 8-credit program that enhances the knowledge and skills of established, high-performing professionals who are looking to move up in their public service careers or transition from the private sector to leadership positions in the public or nonprofit sectors.


The most accomplished students are those in the Public Administration (Mid-Career) degree offered by the Harvard Kennedy School. They come to HKS from across the United States and around the world, from a range of professional backgrounds and personal experiences, and are recognized for their valuable, individual contributions to the school’s intellectual community.

As part of the program, students also enroll in the five-week Mid-Career Summer Program designed exclusively for mid-career professionals to build and renew important skills before beginning classes in the fall. The Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career) program is taught at Harvard Kennedy School.

Life after HKS

Harvard Kennedy School develops and trains highly skilled public leaders who are committed to the public interest and to innovating solutions that can influence societies and improve lives.

While at HKS, students are encouraged to define their professional goals with the support of the Office of Career Advancement, mentors, advisors, and each other. They come to the MC/MPA Program because they are anticipating a sector change, wanting to transition to a leadership role, or looking to augment their skill set.

Graduates of the MC/MPA Program are innovators and leaders in public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide. They have gone on to become heads of state, cabinet ministers, nongovernmental organization directors, military leaders, editors, district attorneys, central bank governors, chief executives, and senior-level government officials. Others have been elected mayors, senators, members of parliament and congress, and state and local officials.

Regardless of their chosen career path, MC/MPA graduates continue to lead change – although their leadership often is exhibited on a larger scale, in more innovative ways, with a more profound impact.

Programme Structure

The MC/MPA Program consists of the Mid-Career Summer Program and two semesters of full-time coursework in residence at Harvard Kennedy School. Students must complete at least 8 credits to earn the MPA degree.

Students design their own study plans, in consultation with their HKS advisors and mentors, and have the opportunity to choose from any of thecourses offered. Their only degree program requirement is to take at least one course from a preapproved list in each of the following three areas:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


8 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GMAT admission requirements GMAT

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

MC/MPA students must arrive at HKS with at least 7 years of full-time professional work experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. However, competitive candidates typically have 14 years or more of work experience.

Tuition Fee

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    51432 USD/year
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    51432 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 51432 USD per year during 12 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.


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.

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