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Developing leaders, leading development

Our Online Application will open in late September.

MPA/ID Open House (In-person)
Monday, October 24, 2022 | 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m. ET
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MPA/ID Virtual Information Session
Friday, October 28, 2022 | 9-10:30 a.m. ET
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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

For more information, please see our recorded virtual information sessions.

MPA/ID Academics: Training for Development (October 8, 2021)
MPA/ID Careers & Alumni (October 15, 2021)
MPA/ID Admissions and Student Life (October 22, 2021)

Learn more about what we look for in applicants. 

    MPA/ID Alum to Lead CHAI

    "Buddy has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to global health and development. Trained as a medical doctor and economist, he brings deep leadership experience as an innovative founder, a CEO, a funder, as well as a thought leader in the important movement around transparency and effectiveness of global health and development programs. This unique combination of technical vision and leadership skills is a perfect fit for CHAI’s next phase of growth.” Neil Buddy Shah, MPA/ID 2012 (USA), appointed CEO of CHAI

    MPA/ID in the time of COVID-19 and after

    "Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world had witnessed significant gains in economic development and poverty reduction, mostly but not exclusively in East Asia. Never before in history had the dream of eliminating global poverty seemed so attainable. Yet the pandemic has reversed some of these advances and thrown the future of development in doubt. Poverty has increased in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The lowest-income countries of the world look less likely to catch-up with their wealthier counterparts in the years ahead. In an age where the reach of technology and markets should be global, 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? 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. These are all core elements of the MPA/ID curriculum."

    - Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy and MPA/ID Program Faculty Chair 2022-23

    Professor Dani Rodrik