HKS Facts

HKS Facts is a quick guide to important information about Harvard Kennedy School. You can also find this same information on the downloadable HKS Facts Sheet PDF

Harvard Kennedy School Mission

To train enlightened public leaders and to generate the ideas that provide the solutions to our most challenging public problems.


all numbers: area code 617
Main Number 495-1100
Alumni Relations and Resource Development 496-7047
Communications and Public Affairs 495-1115
Enrollment Services:
Admissions, Student Financial Services, Registrar 495-1155
Executive Education 496-0484
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Faculty and Staff

   Tenured professors 48
   Emeritus professors 7
   Public service professors/professors of practice 11
   Associate professors 8
   Assistant professors 14
   Lecturers and senior lecturers 36
   Visitors 7
   Part-time adjunct faculty 62
Total 193
Degree programs 48
Research programs 211
Executive programs 46
Administrative/Operations 185
Total 490

Master's Degrees

Approximately 1,036 full-time students are enrolled in the school's master's degree programs. Harvard Kennedy School also offers several joint and concurrent degree programs.

Degree First Year Second Year
MPP 216 264
MPA 70 102
MC/MPA 226
MPA/ID 65 93
Total 1,036
Total international students 486
Number of countries represented 94

Doctoral Programs

Four doctoral programs are administered jointly with Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Approximately 177 full-time students are enrolled in doctoral programs. 

   PhD in Public Policy 61
   PhD in Political Economy and Government 26
   PhD in Sociology and Social Policy 18
   PhD in Government and Social Policy 9
   PhD in Health Policy 63
Total 177
Total international students 48
Number of countries represented 30

Executive Education

Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education serves senior leaders in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors who participate in civic life around the globe. Over 30 programs—most one week or less—train skilled, enlightened leaders to develop workable solutions to the world’s most pressing public problems. These programs address critical subjects from crisis leadership and decision making to economic development and national security and are designed for leaders in:

U.S. Federal Government
International Governments
State & Local Governments
Intergovernmental & Multilateral Organizations
Security & the Military
The Private Sector
Nonprofit/NGO Portfolio

In 2014, 3,233 students participated in HKS Executive Education programs.  About 57%, or 1,841, of the students were international, representing 145 countries. 

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Fiscal Facts: FY 2014

Operating Income (in millions)
   student income $62.1
   less financial aid ($16)
   sponsored revenue $23
   current use gifts $48.4
   investment income $43.1
   other $11.2
   total $171.8
Expenses (in millions)
   salaries and wages $67.7
   employee benefits $24.3
   scholarships and awards $7.1
   supplies and equipment $4
   space $15.4
   other* $31.3
   non-operating charges $3.4
total $153
*Other includes travel and entertainment, professional services, reproduction costs, and communications. Also included is transfers.

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