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You are a proven leader.

Now you’re at the point in your career when you want to elevate your abilities and do more to expand your reach. You know you can make a greater impact.

It’s time to launch yourself on a path to bolder challenges. The one-year Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) will propel you to that next step.

You design the curriculum.

As an established professional with real-world experience, you design your own study plan. And as an MC/MPA student, you have the freedom to pursue your intellectual interests, develop new capabilities, expose yourself to new approaches and methods, and advance your career.

Dynamic leaders from across the country and around the world enroll in the MC/MPA Program. You are among a true community of peers whose diversity of ideas and experience will expand your thinking. Along with the expertise and knowledge of our renowned HKS faculty members, the wisdom of your classmates and the understanding of public policy issues that you share elevate your Harvard Kennedy School experience.

Ariella Barker MC/MPA 2020 has been fighting battles for herself and others since childhood—now she will work where litigation meets policy. She returned to her job as an attorney, litigating employment discrimination and labor law cases for the City of New York.

Experience Cambridge in the summer.

One of the program’s highlights is the required five-week Mid-Career MPA Summer Program, which gives you the chance to:

  • Build connections with your classmates and academic instructors
  • Learn about the core methodologies used at HKS
  • Develop new skills (and refresh others) before beginning classes in the fall

Discover all of the resources available to you at HKS, Harvard University, and the Boston-Cambridge area.

Applying as a Mason Fellow

You will apply to the MC/MPA Edward S. Mason Program if you are from a transitional economy, developing, or newly industrialized country. Mason Fellows are a cohort within the MC/MPA Program and take part in the Mason Fall Launch—which immediately follows the Mid-Career MPA Summer Program—as well as Mason Seminars and other specialized curricular activities.