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The MPP Program requires two years (four semesters) of full-time study in residence at Harvard Kennedy School. MPP candidates complete 72 units of academic credit, 34 of which are required core courses. Students are further required to choose a Policy Area of Concentration (PAC)/Concentration. In order to satisfy the requirements of their PAC/Concentration, students must take an additional 12 to 28 credits.
Our required course work builds a broad perspective and sharpens specific skills. First-year required courses develop the following core skills to prepare our students for public service:
The first year culminates in Spring Policy Exercise, a multi-week simulation that provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply the tools and concepts from the first year core. Most students spend the summer after their first year in a policy-oriented internship. The Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) caps the second-year curriculum.
The Office of the Registrar provides detailed information on the MPP degree requirements.
MPP students are encouraged to explore different policy areas that interest them. While the first year of the MPP program focuses on the fundamentals of policy analysis, by their second year, MPP candidates must each choose one Policy Area of Concentration (PAC)/Concentration from the following list:
Each PAC/Concentration has a distinct list of fulfillment requirements ranging from 12 to 28 additional credits. Learn more about the PACs and Concentrations.
HKS faculty and students are experimenting with new approaches that are changing the nature of what happens in the classroom and beyond.
Shashi Verma MPP 1997, Director of Customer Experience at Transport for London, discusses the tools and analytic skills he learned at HKS that he applies day to day.