MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Life After HKS

MPA/ID Training

By creating the MPA/ID Program, the Harvard Kennedy School has established a new career path towards leadership positions in international development. Other programs emphasize either high-level technical training (as in master's and PhD programs in economics), or professional training (as in master's programs in international affairs or public administration). The MPA/ID combines the two approaches. It positions its graduates toward all-around excellence in a field that requires skills of both types.

Since its inception in 1999, the visibility of the MPA/ID Program has grown rapidly. It enjoys a reputation for outstanding faculty; a challenging, integrated curriculum; bright and committed students; exciting internships; and successful alumni.

MPA/ID Careers

The majority of our graduates are engaged in public service in governments, international organizations, or non-profit organizations; other alumni are employed in the private sector in areas such as consulting or finance. A growing number of graduates launch their own social enterprises. A few graduates enroll in doctoral programs.

Public Service 60%
International Organization 22%
Public Sector 16%
Non-profits 12%
Educational Institutions 6%
Social Enterprises 4%
Private Sector 40%
Consulting 13%
Media 1%
Private/Financial 11%
Other Private and Law 15%
The largest employers of MPA/ID graduates are:  
Governments of their home countries 14%
The World Bank 10%
McKinsey & Co. 4%
UN agencies (UNICEF, UNDP, etc.) 3%
International Finance Corporation (IFC) 3%
International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2%
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 2%
Social enterprises (such as IDinsight, Instiglio, Shokay) 2%

Alumni Spotlight

"The MPA/ID Program was the perfect preparation for my current role leading a team that is designing and implementing innovation policy and driving organizational reforms. The best way to illustrate this is to share a typical day in my life."

David Bullón, Director of Innovation at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications in San José, Costa Rica, graduated from the MPA/ID Program in 2012.

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