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IGA concentrators will engage in an intensive program of study, completing a foundational course pertaining to international and global affairs. The course will cover core principles of international and global affairs, introducing concepts and theories of international relations and global governance and the challenges of policy analysis in these domains. Concentrators may also choose electives in specific topics (e.g. transnational issues relating to public health and the earth’s resource and environmental systems) relevant to their interests and career plans. In addition to their IGA courses, concentrators will complete the MPP Core Curriculum and will therefore receive the same fundamental training as all other MPP students.
International and Global Affairs (IGA) concentrators may choose elective courses from the full range of Harvard Kennedy School’s extensive course offerings.
A select group of IGA concentrators will have the opportunity to conduct research with HKS faculty, senior staff, and fellows through the Belfer IGA (BIGA) Student Fellowship Program. This will allow students to offset tuition expenses while connecting to cutting-edge policy analysis and valuable mentorship.
The Harvard Kennedy School couples in-depth training in international and global affairs with rigorous analytic, leadership, and policy skill-building courses. This formula has proven to be a winning combination in the professional world. HKS graduates are leaders in governments, international institutions, non-profits, universities, and businesses around the globe. IGA concentrators will enjoy access to unparalleled faculty and alumni networks to assist in placing them in career-enhancing jobs.
The Harvard Belfer International and Global Affairs (BIGA) Summer Internship program allows students, in close consultation with IGA faculty members, to design rigorous 8- to 12-week internships at public, private, or non-profit organizations in the U.S. or abroad during the summer between their first and second year at HKS.