Farayi Chipungu MPA 2012


Today’s most compelling challenges – local and global – require new ideas and solutions. The two-year MPA Program trains students to develop the skills that are essential for leaders to be effective in solving public problems.

The MPA curriculum is designed to be flexible, to allow students to create a 64-credit study plan that reflects their academic interests, and their personal and professional aspirations. Students sharpen their skill set and complement their study plan by taking two electives in a Policy Area of Concentration as well as four credits in each of these areas:

  • Economics and Quantitative Analysis
  • Management and Leadership
  • Political Thought and Institutions

Over four semesters, students can take classes across academic disciplines at HKS and cross-register into courses at other Harvard graduate schools as well as at MIT Sloan School of Management and The Fletcher School at Tufts University.

See a complete list of the courses offered at HKS as well as an overview of the MPA Program curriculum requirements


Concurrent Degrees

Many MPA students combine their HKS degree concurrently with a degree in business, law, medicine, or other professional fields either at Harvard or at approved partner institutions.

Students pursuing concurrent degrees have reduced coursework and residency requirements, which allow them to earn two degrees in a shorter amount of time. They augment their 48-credit HKS study plan by taking four credits in each of these areas: Economics and Quantitative Analysis; Management and Leadership; and Political Thought and Institutions. 

Learn more about the concurrent degree option for MPA students and see a list of approved partner institutions

Divya Dhar MPA/MBA 2014

Ideas are everywhere at HKS. Learn about Divya Dhar's idea to create a team transparency and care coordination mobile platform for healthcare providers.  

Jen Tutak MPA/MBA 2012

Jen Tutak writes about why she enrolled at HKS, the energy on campus, and how her HKS experience impacted her professional life.   

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