MPA student standing outside on the HKS campus
Student Perspective

I started charting the course of my political career in Steven Jarding's 'Running for Office and Managing Campaigns' class. He's like no other when it comes to motivating a room full of people to accept their responsibility and address their calling.

Nidhi Badaya MPA 2017

We’ve designed the Master in Public Administration (MPA) curriculum to be flexible, allowing you to create a 64-credit study plan that integrates across disciplines and reflects your academic interests as well as your personal and professional aspirations.

As an MPA student, you'll complement your study plan by taking two required electives in a Policy Area of Concentration as well as four credits in each of these key areas:

  • Economics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Management and Leadership
  • Political Thought and Institutions

You are encouraged to take classes across academic disciplines at Harvard Kennedy School and cross-register into courses at other Harvard graduate schools as well as at MIT Sloan School of Management and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. See a complete list of the courses offered at HKS.

Concurrent Degrees

You also have the option to pursue a second degree concurrently in either business, law, medicine or another professional field either at Harvard or at a partner institution.

By pursuing a concurrent degree, you reduce coursework and residency requirements and make it possible to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time. You’ll expand on a 48-credit HKS study plan by taking four credits in each of the key areas: Economics and Quantitative Analysis; Management and Leadership; and Political Thought and Institutions.

A second professional degree

You may also pursue a second degree together with the MPA. Learn about our programs and partnerships