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Today’s most compelling challenges – local and global – require new ideas and solutions. The two-year MPA Program trains students to develop the skills that are essential for leaders to be effective in solving public problems.
The MPA curriculum is designed to be flexible, to allow students to create a 16-credit study plan that reflects their academic interests, and their personal and professional aspirations. Students sharpen their skill set and complement their study plan by taking two electives in a Policy Area of Concentration as well as one credit in each of these areas:
Over four semesters, students can take classes across academic disciplines at HKS and cross-register into courses at other Harvard graduate schools as well as at MIT Sloan School of Management and The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Many MPA students combine their HKS degree concurrently with a degree in business, law, medicine, or other professional fields either at Harvard or at approved partner institutions.
Students pursuing concurrent degrees have reduced coursework and residency requirements, which allow them to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time. They augment their 12-credit HKS study plan by taking one credit in each of these areas: Economics and Quantitative Analysis; Management and Leadership; and Political Thought and Institutions.
Learn more about the concurrent degree option for MPA students and see a list of approved partner institutions (include link when it is ready).