Developing leaders, leading development
The two-year Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders and practitioners in global development. It is an economics-centered, multidisciplinary program, integrating rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and outcomes informed by global perspectives.
The MPA/ID Program offers unparalleled training for a professional career in development. The mix of theoretical rigor with practical approaches has proven to be a winning combination for impactful development work. The program enables an internationally diverse cohort of students to build on their experiences and insights and address complex development challenges. Our graduates hold influential policy, advocacy, and management positions in a range of international organizations, national governments, central and regional banks, nonprofit and research organizations, and private sector companies.
The right fit
The MPA/ID Program may be the right fit for you if you:
- Demonstrate commitment to solving the economic, social, or political problems facing low-income communities, regions, or nations
- Work in the development field, whether in government, nonprofits, central or regional banks, international development institutions, research organizations, or the private sector
- Want to deepen and broaden your understanding of development problems and acquire the analytical tools and global perspectives to design and implement effective solutions
- Have a strong academic record, including in economics and mathematics
MPA/ID Virtual Information Session
October 3, 2023 | Recording
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The MPA/ID Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is a Participating Program of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program!
The JJ/WBGSP is open to citizens of certain developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts.
The JJ/WBGSP is also open to Japanese Nationals.
A JJ/WBGSP scholarship provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance. Please check the JJ/WBGSP website for application instructions.
“There has been only one happier moment in my life after my admission decision from Harvard, and it was receiving the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program response. From that day, what started as a dream became a reality. Thanks to JJ/WBGSP's life-changing opportunity, I am on my way to becoming an agent of change who will contribute to a better and more inclusive future for all.”
-Johan Cañas, MPA/ID 2023 (Venezuela)