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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 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 the right fit 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. 


"The last few decades have witnessed significant advances in economic development, mostly but not exclusively in East Asia. Never before in history has the dream of eliminating global poverty seemed so attainable. We live in a world where the reach of technology and markets are global, enabling more rapid economic growth and poverty reduction than ever before. Yet globalization and technological change also conspire to create new challenges. Significant pockets of poverty remain in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. 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? As the COVID-19 pandemic has painfully made clear, 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 – core elements of the MPA/ID curriculum."

- Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy and MPA/ID Program Faculty Chair 2020-21

MPA/ID Learnings in Practice: Healthcare in the Philippines

“Healthcare in the Philippines needs fixing. Although many hospitals in urban areas provide high-quality care, the ecosystem as a whole is disorganized and inefficient, with the vast majority of costs falling on patients’ shoulders. In fact, more than 50% of healthcare costs in the Philippines are paid out of pocket by patients... In hopes of creating more transparent and effective health coverage at competitive prices, Ang teamed up with Tang…to found Hive Health, a digital healthcare platform that improves and simplifies the patient care experience.” 

As described in the above-quoted Stanford Graduate School of Business article, Camille and Jiawen were recognized when Hive Health was selected as 1 of 11 winners of Stanford Rebuild, “a two-month ‘innovation sprint’ triggered by COVID-19, [which] drew more than 5,000 proposals from entrepreneurs worldwide.” Since the Stanford Innovation sprint, the duo has won the Audience Choice award at the MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovation Prize competition and the grand prize at the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition

Camille Ang and Jiawen Tang are MPA/ID-MBA students in the HKS Class of 2021 and 2022 and co-founders of Hive- Health.