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.

    • Minsk, Belarus on June 23rd REGISTER
    • Dubai, UAE on July 6th REGISTER
    • Nairobi, Kenya on July 7th REGISTER
    • Freetown, Sierra Leone on July 7th REGISTER
    • New Delhi, India on July 7th REGISTER
    • Tirana, Albania on July 12th REGISTER
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 14th REGISTER
    • Kigali, Rwanda on July 14th (date and location changed) REGISTER
    • Washington, DC (IMF) on July 23rd REGISTER (HKS Admissions Office Event)
    • Washington, DC (IFC) on July 30th REGISTER (HKS Admissions Office Event)
    • Beirut, Lebanon on August 2nd REGISTER

    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! 

    • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Beijing, China
    • Bogota, Colombia
    • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    • Kolkota, India
    • Aguascalientes, Mexico
    • Casablanca, Morocco
    • Maputo, Mozambique
    • Yangon, Myanmar
    • Abuja, Nigeria
    • Lagos, Nigeria
    • Asuncion, Paraguay
    • Manila, Philippines
    • Moscow, Russia
    • Cape Town, South Africa
    • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • Istanbul, Turkey
    • Kampala, Uganda
    • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    The Raymond Vernon Award for Commitment to International Development is presented to a graduating MPA/ID student who best personifies the values of the program, namely

    • dedication to the field of international development,
    • citizenship,
    • academic excellence, and
    • potential future contribution and leadership. 

    The recipient of the Raymond Vernon Award for the Class of 2018 was Muhammad Khudadad Chattha. Following graduation, Khudadad will return to Pakistan to work in the civil service.