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 in international development. It is an economics-centered, multidisciplinary program, combining rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.

The MPA/ID Program offers unparalleled training for a professional career in development. The mix of theoretical rigor with a practical approach has proven to be a winning combination in the professional world. Our graduates hold influential policy 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 for you if you:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the economic, social, and political advancement of developing and transitional economy countries
  • Work in the development field, whether in government, central or regional banks, international development institutions, nonprofits, research organizations or the private sector
  • Want to deepen your understanding of complex development problems and acquire the analytical tools 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.

Interested in a career in international development? Join us at the Careers in International Development Event for College Students!

Who: Undergraduates, especially seniors (even if you already have post-graduation plans!)
When: Wednesday, February 21, 4 - 5 pm
Where: Harvard Kennedy School - Rubenstein 415, Perkins Conference Room (Center for International Development)
Why: To learn about opportunities in international development and to plan ahead for graduate school

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    "Never before in history has the dream of eliminating global poverty been so attainable, yet seemed so elusive. We live in a world where the reach of technology and markets are global, and yet more than a billion men, women, and children live in abject poverty, devoid of their benefits. How can that possibly be? In an age of plenty, 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? The study of international development is about finding answers to questions like these."
    - Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy and MPA/ID Program co-founder

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

    Carmen Lazo, MPA/ID 2005, is Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios, El Salvador. Read Carmen's full profile as part of the World Bank's #30StoriesofService.

    Carmen's studies were made possible thanks to the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), which funds students from developing countries to attend the MPA/ID Program. Information about our partnership is available on the JJ/WBGSP website.