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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 Office of Admissions also arranges for applicants to meet with current students through the HKS Student Ambassadors Program. If you are interested in meeting with one of our students, please fill out a request form.

The Harvard Kennedy School admissions blog is another resource for applicants to learn more about our school 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 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.

MPA students must arrive at HKS with at least three years of full-time professional work experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. They must also have completed a minimum of four graduate-level courses similar to those in the Master in Public Policy core curriculum, including some quantitative coursework. Qualifying courses may include: economics, ethics, leadership, negotiations, policy analysis, politics and advocacy, quantitative analysis, and strategic management.

Read more about the academic and work experience prerequisites to ensure that you meet the program’s requirements to be considered for admission. For specific questions related to admission to Harvard Kennedy School, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@hks.harvard.edu or (617) 495-1155.

Visit HKS

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

Apply to the 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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