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.

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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

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    MPA/ID Alumna Becomes Peruvian Finance Minister
    MPA/ID Alumna Toni Alva poses with President Martin Vizcarra after being sworn in as Finance Minister.
    (MPA/ID Alumna Toni Alva, the new Finance Minister of Peru, poses with President Vizcarra.)

    We are proud to announce that MPA/ID alumna, Maria Antonieta Alva, known by her friends and former classmates as Toni, became the Finance Minister of Peru on October 3, 2019.

    While at HKS, Toni completed her summer internship with the Pratham Education Foundation in New Delhi, India, where she worked to improve quality and access to post primary education. Then, Toni turned her gaze back towards her home country of Peru, keen to implement what she had learned in her internship and coursework in the MPA/ID Program. In her Second-Year Policy Analysis, titled: “First Carrots, Then Sticks: Encouraging Performace in Peruvian Public Schools,” Toni examined the effect that private schools have on the performance of public schools in Peru and then proposed a strategy to improve learning outcomes.

    After graduating from the MPA/ID Program in 2014, Toni worked in the Peruvian Ministry of Education. Most recently, she served as the Budget Chief in the Ministry of Finance. “She’s prudent, hardworking and well-liked at the finance ministry,” according to a former finance ministry official, and now she’s in charge.

    Read the New York Times article about Peru's new Cabinet here.

    "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