Leading with purpose.
Outstanding students from around the world come to Harvard Kennedy School to learn how to advance the public interest. They're big thinkers and doers who are passionate about solving the great challenges of this era.
HKS graduates are making their mark in public, private and nonprofit organizations across the globe. While they serve in a remarkable variety of roles, they share certain similarities. Strong leadership skills. The ability to think creatively and analytically. An urgency to improve people's lives. The experience to make a tangible impact.
We are home to four master’s degree programs:
- Master in Public Policy. The two-year MPP provides rigorous training to understand complex problems and craft concrete solutions.
- Master in Public Administration in International Development. The two-year MPA/ID combines rigorous training in economics and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.
- Master in Public Administration. The two-year MPA builds on students’ proven skills and experience to shape effective leaders in solving public problems.
- Mid-Career Master in Public Administration. The one-year MC/MPA elevates the abilities of established professionals with real-world experience to take on bolder challenges.
In addition, some MPP, MPA/ID and MPA students are exploring how the world’s challenges can be addressed at the intersection of business, law, medicine, design, or other fields through a combined degree program within Harvard or with a partner institution.