MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Life After HKS

MPA/ID Training

By creating the MPA/ID Program, Harvard Kennedy School has established a new career path towards leadership positions in international development. Other programs emphasize either high-level technical training (as in master's and PhD programs in economics), or professional training (as in master's programs in international affairs or public administration). The MPA/ID combines the two approaches. It positions its graduates toward all-around excellence in a field that requires skills of both types.

Since its inception in 1999, the visibility of the MPA/ID Program has grown rapidly. It enjoys a reputation for outstanding faculty; a challenging, integrated curriculum; bright and committed students; exciting internships; and successful alumni.

MPA/ID Careers

The majority of our graduates are engaged in public service in governments, international organizations, or non-profit organizations; other alumni are employed in the private sector in areas such as consulting or finance. A growing number of graduates launch their own social enterprises. A few graduates enroll in doctoral programs.

Public Service 60%
International Organization 21%
Public Sector 17%
Non-profits 11%
Educational Institutions 7%
Social Enterprises 4%
Private Sector 40%
Other Private and Law 15%
Consulting 13%
Private/Financial 11%
Media 1%
The largest employers of MPA/ID graduates are:  
Governments of their home countries 15%
The World Bank 10%
McKinsey & Co. 4%
Social enterprises (such as InstiglioShokay) 4%
UN agencies (UNICEF, UNDP, etc.) 2%
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) 2%
International Monetary Fund (IMF) 1.5%
Harvard University 1.5%
International Finance Corporation (IFC) 1%
Gates Foundation 1%
IDinsight 1%
IPA & J-PAL 1%

Alumni Spotlight

Yemi Babington-Ashaye

Yemi Babington-Ashaye, MPA/ID 2005, is one of "Five Prominent Nigerians Making Us Proud."

An ally of Nigeria's former minister of finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Babington-Ashaye is the head of Global Shapers Community and director at the World Economic Forum. More...

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