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Each of the Harvard Kennedy School master's programs has a different character. Part of that character is the background and experience of the students admitted into each program. Please review the prerequisites for academic and work experience below to discover the program best suited for you.
Bachelor's degree. Some knowledge of college-level economics, statistics, and calculus is preferred.
Not required, but at least 2-3 years full-time professional experience preferred.
Bachelor's degree with at least one university-level course each in microeconomics and macroeconomics, and one university-level course in multivariable calculus (usually the third course in a university calculus sequence). Please see the MPA/ID FAQ page for more information on prerequisite coursework.
Work experience is strongly preferred. The strongest MPA/ID applicants have at least 2-3 years of professional experience in the field of international development, preferably in a developing country.
3 years full-time professional work experience at time of application.
Please note, you will not be considered for admission if you do not meet both the academic and work experience requirements.
Notes on Previous Graduate Level Coursework
Previous graduate level coursework that will allow an applicant to qualify for MPA2 consideration must include content similar to the principles taught in required MPP core courses. A minimum of four qualifying graduate level courses is required. The courses should represent a diversity of areas and not focus on single subject. The sample lists of courses and degrees below are meant to provide guidance on courses the Admissions Committee considers similar to required MPP courses.
Examples of graduate level courses that qualify include:
Management, Mathematics Courses
Physical Science Courses Requiring Math (e.g. Physics, Chemistry)
Politics and Advocacy
Quantitative Analysis and Statistics
Completed graduate degrees that typically satisfy the requirement for MPA2 consideration include:
Master of Accountancy
Master of Business Administration
Master of Finance
Master of International Business
Master of International Development
Master of International Economics
Master of Quantitative Methods
Master of Science in Engineering
Applicants with questions regarding qualifying coursework are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your transcript and resume with your email.
7 years full-time relevant professional work experience by June 30 of year of enrollment. Competitive candidates for the Mason Program typically 14 years or more of work experience.
Note: Applicants to the MC/MPA program from a developing, transitional economy or a newly industrialized country must apply through the Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program.