MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Application Components

The MPA/ID application includes several components:


1. Discuss your decision to choose international development as your professional career. Also, explain how developing your analytic skills relates to your career in development (750 word limit).

2. Describe an event or experience in which you exercised a significant decision-making, management, or leadership role (750 word limit).

3. Describe a public policy or public management problem related to international development and analyze a range of solutions (750 word limit).

Joint HBS/HKS applicants are asked to complete an additional essay explaining how they expect the joint degree experience to benefit them on both a professional and a personal level (400 word limit).


At least one college level course in microeconomics, macroeconomics and multivariable calculus must be completed before enrollment. Statistics and linear algebra are desirable, but not required. Explain how you have met these requirements, or how you propose to meet them before enrolling in September. Please include descriptions of mathematics courses you have taken that covered calculus and multivariable calculus, as well as descriptions of any courses whose titles do not clearly indicate the content (e.g. Mathematics II or Advanced Mathematics). Official descriptions copied from your college's course catalogue or online course catalogue are preferred.


The Admissions Committee is interested in your academic, professional and personal development. A copy of your resume or CV is sufficient, including the following information: employment held including titles of jobs, start/end dates, responsibilities, salary (please include any gaps in employment history); academic degrees, achievements and honors; volunteer, public service, political work you have done; recent leadership experiences and awards; extracurricular activities and interests.


If you have any concerns about your prior academic background, or if you believe the Admissions Committee may have concerns, please give a brief explanation of your performance in college, or your standardized test scores (250 word limit, optional).

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