Nura Sediqe MPP 2012


MPP Requirements

The MPP Program requires two years (four semesters) of full-time study in residence at Harvard Kennedy School. MPP candidates complete 18 units of academic credit, 8.5 of which are required core courses. Students are further required to choose a Policy Area of Concentration (PAC)/Concentration. In order to satisfy the requirements of their PAC/Concentration, students must take an additional 3 to 7 credits. 

Our required course work builds a broad perspective and sharpens specific skills. First-year required courses develop the following core skills to prepare our students for public service:

  • Economics
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Politics and advocacy
  • Policy analysis
  • Strategic management
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Negotiations

Additional requirements of the program include Spring Exercise and the Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE)/PAE seminar.

The Office of the Registrar provides detailed information on the MPP degree requirements.


Selecting a PAC/Concentration

MPP students are encouraged to explore different policy areas that interest them. While the first year of the MPP program focuses on the fundamentals of policy analysis, by their second year, MPP candidates must each choose one Policy Area of Concentration (PAC)/Concentration from the following list:

  • Business and Government Policy (BGP)
  • Democracy, Politics and Institutions (DPI)
  • International and Global Affairs (IGA)
  • International Trade and Finance (ITF)
  • Political and Economic Development (PED)
  • Social and Urban Policy (SUP)

Each PAC/Concentration has a distinct list of fulfillment requirements ranging from 3 to 7 additional credits. Learn more about the PACs and Concentrations.


Joint and Concurrent Degrees

Students in the MPP Program frequently pursue joint or concurrent degrees, allowing them to work toward two degrees simultaneously. Read more about Joint and Concurrent Degrees.


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