Mid-Career Master in Public Administration

The one-year Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) is an intensive eight credit program, preceded by a one-month summer program exclusively for mid-career professionals. The MC/MPA is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of well established, high-performing professionals, who seek to enhance their public service careers or to move from the private sector to a leadership position in either the public or non-profit sectors.

These experienced professionals, in consultation with advisors and mentors, plan individual academic programs designed to develop new skills or to pursue emerging professional and intellectual interests. In doing so, MC/MPA students are constrained only by the requirement to take at least one course in each of three areas: Economics & Quantitative Analysis, Management & Leadership, Political Thought & Institutions. The MC/MPA program includes some of the school’s most accomplished students. They represent many professional backgrounds and come from across the United States and around the world. Mid-Career students make valuable contributions to the school’s intellectual community during their year at Harvard.

Prospective students for the MC/MPA program from developing, newly industrialized, and transitional economy countries must apply through the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program.

Prospective students interested in the MC/MPA Program are encouraged to review the prerequisites for academic and work experience prior to applying. If you are considering applying and have concerns about the GRE/GMAT, please contact the MPA Programs Office (mpa_program@hks.harvard.edu or 617-495-7864).

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