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The two-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) program provides future public leaders with the conceptual framework and practical skills necessary to succeed in public service.
The MPP core requirements are built upon strong foundations in three methodological areas: analysis, management, and leadership. These requirements are designed to help students solve complicated and unfamiliar challenges — by asking the right questions, determining the nature and dimensions of the problem at hand, exploring the range of possible solutions, and assessing the capacity of public institutions to implement one or more of these solutions.
Through the MPP core, students sharpen their powers of analysis and their knowledge base. They build the confidence and judgment needed to weigh competing demands and choose the most appropriate action. They become skilled at shaping effective and practical solutions and building consensus and ownership in support of those solutions. They learn to marshal resources within and outside of an organization, monitor and fine tune innovative policy solutions, and provide the transformational leadership that generates success.
Classes at the Harvard Kennedy School are taught by the case method, the more traditional lecture format, or a mixture of both. Students work together in small groups on projects and are aided by course assistants, teaching fellows, and faculty members in a collaborative and non-competitive working environment.
Prospective students interested in the MPP program are encouraged to review the prerequisites for academic and work experience prior to applying.
Rey Faustino, MPP 2012 Founder & CEO, One Degree
"Coming to HKS is not just about learning to be a better policy analyst... You will be pushed and challenged to your limits by your classmates, professors and distinguished guests, and will grow tremendously as a result. The lessons I've learned while at HKS have dramatically improved the way I approach leadership and problem-solving. HKS has made me a better leader and public servant."