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

Learn more about what we look for in applicants. 

    "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 faculty chair 2018-19

    Upcoming MPA/ID Information Sessions

    Each summer MPA/ID students and alumni host informal "coffee hour" information sessions in a number of locations around the globe. These will serve as an opportunity for prospective students who live in locations that we do not often reach in our admissions travels to learn more about the MPA/ID Program and HKS in an informal, relaxed setting.

    • Caracas, Venezuela on August 13th REGISTER
    • Naga City, Camarines Sur, Philippines on August 20th REGISTER
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 21st REGISTER
    • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 24th REGISTER
    • Samarkand, Uzbekistan on August 28th REGISTER 
    • Rabat, Morocco on August 31st REGISTER
    • Washington, DC on September 21st REGISTER (MPA/ID Faculty-led event)

    Stay tuned for more information and registration links for upcoming events near you as more cities and dates are added each week over the summer. More information on the following events coming soon! 

    • Lagos, Nigeria

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

    Anna Kurguzova MPA/ID 2014 was a JJ/WBGSP recipient who is now an economist at the New Development Bank (NDB), Strategy and Partnerships Division, in Shanghai, China.

    Anna'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.