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The one-year Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) is an intensive 8-credit program that enhances the knowledge and skills of established, high-performing professionals who are looking to move up in their public service careers or transition from the private sector to leadership positions in the public or nonprofit sectors. As part of the program, students also enroll in the five-week Mid-Career Summer Program designed exclusively for mid-career professionals to build and renew important skills before beginning classes in the fall.
MC/MPA students, in consultation with their Harvard Kennedy School advisors and mentors, design their own study plans, giving them the freedom to pursue their emerging professional and intellectual interests and develop new skills. Their only degree program requirement is to take at least one course from a preapproved list in each of the following three areas:
Some of Harvard Kennedy School’s most accomplished students are those in the MC/MPA Program. They come to HKS from across the United States and around the world, from a range of professional backgrounds and personal experiences, and are recognized for their valuable, individual contributions to the school’s intellectual community.
MC/MPA Program Admissions
Candidates interested in the MC/MPA Program should first ensure that they meet the academic and work experience prerequisites before learning more about how to apply. Applicants from developing, newly industrialized, and transitional economy countries who are interested in the MC/MPA Program must apply to the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program.
Marina LeGree MC/MPA 2014 founded Ascend|Leadership Through Athletics, a nonprofit for young women and men in conflict zones to develop teamwork and leadership skills through athletic achievement.