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Master in Public Administration

The Harvard Kennedy School two-year Master in Public Administration (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.

Prospective students interested in the MPA program are encouraged to review the prerequisites for academic and work experience prior to applying.

Students admitted to the MPA are invited, in consultation with advisors and mentors, to design an individual 16-course plan of study, constrained only by the requirement to take two electives chosen from one of the Policy Areas of Concentration and one credit from each of the following three areas: Economics & Quantitative Analysis, Management & Leadership, and Political Thought & Institutions.

Alumni Spotlight

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David Lerch MPA 2012

"I benefited enormously by learning from great teachers, fellow students and business practitioners. Many of the lessons went beyond policies and reflected on what it takes in terms of courage, openness and preparation to make a difference in the world."

Photo: Martha Stewart

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