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The Mid-Career Summer Program is designed to prepare students for the MC/MPA Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. The program provides an introduction to the core methodologies utilized at HKS. The program builds and renews skills important to academic success. As an integral part of this preparation, students begin to develop working relationships with classmates and the instructors, as well as get acquainted with the vast resources of the HKS, Harvard University, and the Cambridge-Boston area.
Throughout the Mid-Career Summer Program, students attend class daily, complete a variety of assignments, and read and discuss cases and other materials. Most of these activities take place in interactive classes that permit the academic instructors to give constructive feedback to students. This work and resulting feedback to you is intended to help identify strengths and interests as students prepare for the academic year.
In addition to the academic component, the Mid-Career Summer Program creates opportunities to set academic and professional goals. Weekly mid-career seminars are designed to help students learn more about classmates' cultures, careers, and the professional challenges they have faced. Along the way, the academic components of the program are rounded out with variety of social activities.
This course provides students with the quantitative tools used during the academic year. Taught in small classes, students review and expand their understanding of the basic mathematics and probability used in policy analysis.
This course focuses on basic microeconomic concepts and their importance in informing and resolving public policy issues. Again, students are assigned to small classes with others who have a similar level of preparation to work through the materials and daily homework assignments.
Trends in Globalization
This week-long session encourages students to think broadly about the diverse components that constitute the ever changing global context in which we live. Themes such as international trade, environmental issues, human rights, international security and information technology may be discussed. In both lectures and small group discussions, students will work on these issues and report back to the class on their findings.
The origins and functions of U.S. political institutions will be discussed, as well as the larger issues of governance and politics. The lectures will examine constitutional history, the branches of government, and the behavior of citizens and political groups.
This lecture will focus on fiscal, monetary and balance-of-payments issues.
Studio lab is a time for students to work on their problem sets from both quantitative methods and economics under the instruction of the economics, quantitative and computer faculty.
Upon acceptance into the MC/MPA Program, candidates will receive information about the Mid-Career Summer Program. Please complete the online registration form on the New Admit site within two weeks of the receipt of your admissions decision.
For information about tuition and related costs, please visit Student Financial Services.
Massachusetts law requires that all students have health insurance coverage throughout the academic year. Harvard University Health Services and Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance is available to all students and dependents. This coverage may be waived for students with an equivalent U.S.-based health insurance that meets Massachusetts requirements. In addition, all students are required to pay a University Health Service fee. For details about these policies and information about obtaining insurance through Harvard University, please visit Harvard University Health Services.
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. The Harvard University Housing Office provides listings of on- and off-campus apartments. Refer to your admissions packet or contact the housing office for details. If you visit Cambridge before the summer, bring a copy of your letter of admission to allow you access to the housing office. This office also provides a list of local hotels and bed & breakfast inns where you might stay until you have secured permanent housing. Housing in the area is usually unfurnished, so you will need to arrange for the purchase or rental of furniture upon your arrival.
Computer Skills and Equipment
The Summer Program assumes that you will arrive with a working knowledge of Windows and Microsoft software (specifically Word and Excel). You will be using Excel in your economics and quantitative coursework. If you are not actively using these programs, you must prepare yourself prior to arrival in Cambridge.
Please visit Information Technology to learn more about the computer labs and IT support for students at HKS.