MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Master in Public Administration/ International Development

"Never before in history has the dream of eliminating global poverty been so attainable, yet seemed so elusive. We live in a world where the reach of technology and markets are global, and yet more than a billion men, women, and children live in abject poverty, devoid of their benefits. How can that possibly be? In an age of plenty, what deprives people of adequate food, shelter, clean water, education, good health and enough income to live on with dignity? What can governments, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations do to make the dream a reality? The study of international development is about finding answers to questions like these."

- Dani Rodrik
Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
and co-founder of the MPA/ID Program

MPA/ID: Developing Leaders, Leading Development

The MPA/ID Program is known for its

The two-year Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program, Harvard Kennedy School's newest degree, is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in international development. It is an economics-centered, multidisciplinary program, combining rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.

Each academic year, a class of about 68 students enrolls in this selective program. Although the MPA/ID curriculum is intensely rigorous and provides a solid foundation for applied research, the program is geared to future practitioners in the field of international development rather than future academics.

In the MPA/ID Program, three-quarters of our students and many of our faculty come from countries other than the United States. We especially encourage applications from citizens of developing and transitional economy countries. Applicants must demonstrate competence in economics and quantitative analysis and the potential for leadership in international development. Most admitted candidates have at least three years of development-related work experience in government, central and regional banks, international development institutions, non-profits, research organizations, or private businesses.

The MPA/ID Program has course prerequisites to ensure that students will be adequately prepared for the rigor of the core curriculum. The prerequisite course requirements are one university-level course in each of the following:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Multivariable calculus (usually the third course in a university-level calculus sequence)

For more information on prerequisite course requirements and admissions criteria, please visit the MPA/ID Admissions pages.

Upcoming Info Sessions

This summer MPA/ID students and HKS staff will be hosting information sessions in a number of locations around the globe. Stay tuned for more locations and registration details over the summer:

Vancouver, BC - June 1st (Admissions Office Representative) REGISTER

Lagos, Nigeria - June 8th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Budapest, Hungary - June (Faculty Travel)

Vienna, Austria - June (Faculty Travel)

Prague, Czech Republic - June (Faculty Travel) 

Moscow, Russia - Late July (Staff Travel)

Baku, Azerbaijan - Late July/Early August (Staff Travel)


JJ/WBGSP Scholarships

Nima Tshering, MPA/ID 2012, was a JJ/WBGSP recipient who now works as the Strategic Advisor to His Majesty's Secretariat in Thimphu, Bhutan. 

Nima's studies were made possible thanks to the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), which funds students from developing countries to attend the MPA/ID Program. Information about our partnership is available on the JJ/WBGSP website.

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