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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 complex 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

Our program is known for its challenging, integrated curriculum; outstanding faculty members; bright, committed students; exciting professional internships; and successful alumni

For more information, please see our recorded virtual information session.

MPA/ID Virtual Information Session (October 28, 2022) 
Watch Recording 

Learn more about what we look for in applicants.

2024-2025 Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships

The Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians to pursue a master’s degree program at select U.S. colleges and universities.

These fellowships are for highly motivated individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities, have completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, have at least three years professional work experience, and are committed to return and contribute to their communities. The fellowships are for one to two years.

Application Deadline: May 17, 2023, 23:59:59 hrs (IST)

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)

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.

headshot“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)

The CID Growth Lab 

Professor Ricardo Hausmann’s Growth Lab is training students and practitioners to develop prescriptions for economic growth.

“Public policy is to economics what medicine is to biology or engineering is to physics. Physics and biology study the nature of the world we live in. Medicine, engineering, and public policy are about changing the world." 

-Professor Hausmann is the Rafik Hariri Professor of the Practice of International Political Economy. He teaches the popular elective course Development Policy Strategy (DEV-309).

MPA/ID in the time of COVID-19 and after

"Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world had witnessed significant gains in economic development and poverty reduction, mostly but not exclusively in East Asia. Never before in history had the dream of eliminating global poverty seemed so attainable. Yet the pandemic has reversed some of these advances and thrown the future of development in doubt. Poverty has increased in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The lowest-income countries of the world look less likely to catch-up with their wealthier counterparts in the years ahead. In an age where the reach of technology and markets should be global, what deprives people of adequate food, shelter, clean water, education, good health, and enough income to live on with dignity? What can governments, international agencies, and nongovernmental organizations do to make the dream a reality? Addressing the global development challenges of our time requires a combination of analysis and leadership skills. Answers to these questions require not only technical knowledge in economics and quantitative methods, but also management, institutional, and political analysis. These are all core elements of the MPA/ID curriculum."

- Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy and MPA/ID Program Faculty Chair 2022-23

Professor Dani Rodrik