Overview of Degree Programs

Master in Public Policy (MPP): The two-year MPP program provides future public leaders with the conceptual framework and practical skills necessary to succeed in public service. The MPP core requirements are built upon strong foundations in three methodological areas: analysis, management, and leadership.

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

Two-Year Master in Public Administration (MPA2): The two-year MPA2 is a flexible program designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of established professionals and dual-degree students seeking further leadership responsibilities in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA): The one-year MC/MPA is an intensive eight credit program, preceded by a one-month summer program exclusively for mid-career professionals. The MC/MPA is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of well established, high-performing professionals, who seek to enhance their public service careers or to move from the private sector to a leadership position in either the public or nonprofit sectors. Prospective students for the MC/MPA program from developing, newly industrialized, and transitional economy countries must apply through the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program.

Joint and Concurrent: HKS students have the option to earn a second professional graduate degree—an MBA, MD, or JD, for example—in a shorter amount of time through reduced coursework and residency requirements. Typically, students complete their degrees in one year less than if they earned them consecutively. They can pursue combined degrees at 22 professional schools either at Harvard or at institutions that have been approved by HKS faculty members.

Doctoral Programs: Learn more about the PhD in Public Policy or the PhD in Political Economy and Government programs.

Executive Education: Harvard Kennedy School offers a wide range of Executive Education programs, focusing on those topics that help better prepare leaders in public affairs. Learn more about HKS Executive Education and the application process for these non-degree programs.


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