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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.
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.
|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%|
"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.