Ryan Johnson MC/MPA 2012

How to Apply

The application deadline for fall 2018 admission is Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in spring 2018.

Applicants have opportunities to experience the HKS campus firsthand before submitting their applications by attending the school’s open houses, information sessions, and campus tours.

The Harvard Kennedy School admissions blog is another resource for applicants to learn about HKS and the admissions process, read about fellowship and other funding opportunities, and get fresh perspectives from HKS students, faculty, and alumni.

What we look for in MC/MPA applicants

At Harvard Kennedy School, our mission is to educate exceptional public leaders and generate ideas that help solve public problems.

As a school that centers on leadership and public service, we look for applicants who demonstrate leadership experience and commitment to serve the public good. These are qualities often displayed through professional experience and volunteer work.

MC/MPA students must arrive at HKS with at least 7 years of full-time professional work experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. However, competitive candidates typically have 14 years or more of work experience.

Read more about the academic and work experience prerequisites to ensure that you meet the program’s requirements to be considered for admission. We encourage you to contact our office if you have concerns about the GRE or GMAT requirement. For specific questions related to admissions, please contact the HKS Office of Admissions.

Visit HKS

Learn more about HKS at an upcoming information sessionmeet a current student, or attend a class.

Apply to the MC/MPA Program

The application deadline for fall 2018 admission is Monday, December 4, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in spring 2018.


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