Some of our degree programs have specific academic and professional prerequisites—all of which are listed below—that you must meet either before or while you are applying to Harvard Kennedy School. Review our How to Apply section for additional application requirements.

Master in Public Policy (MPP)

  • Bachelor’s degree. Regardless of your undergraduate major, we would like to see evidence of quantitative proficiency such as success in undergraduate-level economics, statistics or calculus courses.
  • Work experience preferred, but not required. Incoming MPP students typically have two to three years of professional work experience.

Email the HKS admissions office directly with any questions about the MPP Program’s prerequisites.

Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID)

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Work experience preferred, but not required. Incoming MPA/ID students typically have two to three years of professional work experience.
  • Prerequisite courses: completion of at least one university-level course each in microeconomics, macroeconomics and three university-level courses in calculus, which must include multivariable calculus. Statistics and linear algebra courses are desirable, but not required.

Email the MPA/ID Program directly with any questions about the program’s prerequisites.

Master in Public Administration (MPA)

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Three years of professional work experience by the start of the academic year (September 1)
  • At least four graduate-level courses similar to those in the Master in Public Policy core curriculum, including two courses that are quantitative in nature. Qualifying graduate-level courses may include: economics, financial management, international business, international development, management, mathematics, physical science involving math (chemistry or physics, for example), politics and advocacy, or quantitative analysis and statistics. Courses cannot have counted towards your undergraduate degree.
  • If you already have a graduate degree, those that typically qualify for MPA consideration include:
    - Master of Accountancy
    - Master of Business Administration
    - Master of Finance
    - Master of International Business
    - Master of International Development
    - Master of International Economics
    - Master of Quantitative Methods
    - Master of Science in Engineering

Email the HKS admissions office directly with any questions about the MPA Program’s prerequisites.

Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA)

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least seven years of professional work experience by the start of the MC/MPA Summer Program (June 30)
  • You must apply to the MC/MPA Edward S. Mason Fellows Program if your primary citizenship is from one of the countries, territories, non-self-governing states, cities or areas listed below:

Email the HKS admissions office directly with any questions about prerequisites for the MC/MPA Program, including those for the Edward S. Mason Fellows Program.