MPA/ID candidate Lucila Arboleya

Master in Public Administration/ International Development

"Never before in history has the dream of eliminating global poverty been so attainable, yet seemed so elusive. We live in a world where the reach of technology and markets are global, and yet more than a billion men, women, and children live in abject poverty, devoid of their benefits. How can that possibly be? In an age of plenty, 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 non-governmental organizations do to make the dream a reality? The study of international development is about finding answers to questions like these."

- Dani Rodrik
Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
and co-founder of the MPA/ID Program

MPA/ID: Developing Leaders, Leading Development

The MPA/ID Program is known for its

The two-year Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program, Harvard Kennedy School's newest degree, 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.

Each academic year, a class of about 68 students enrolls in this selective program. Although the MPA/ID curriculum is intensely rigorous and provides a solid foundation for applied research, the program is geared to future practitioners in the field of international development rather than future academics.

In the MPA/ID Program, three-quarters of our students and many of our faculty come from countries other than the United States. We especially encourage applications from citizens of developing and transitional economy countries. Applicants must demonstrate competence in economics and quantitative analysis and the potential for leadership in international development. Most admitted candidates have at least three years of development-related work experience in government, central and regional banks, international development institutions, non-profits, research organizations, or private businesses.

The MPA/ID Program has course prerequisites to ensure that students will be adequately prepared for the rigor of the core curriculum. The prerequisite course requirements are one university-level course in each of the following:

  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Multivariable calculus (usually the third course in a university-level calculus sequence)

For more information on prerequisite course requirements and admissions criteria, please visit the MPA/ID Admissions pages.

Upcoming Info Sessions

This summer MPA/ID students and HKS staff will be hosting information sessions in a number of locations around the globe. Stay tuned for more locations and registration details over the summer:

Astana, Kazakhstan - June 24th (MPA2 Student) REGISTER

Shanghai, China - June 24th (MPA2 Alumni) REGISTER

Santa Cruz, Bolivia - June 27th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Conakry, Guinea - July 1st (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Jakarta, Indonesia - July 2nd (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

La Paz, Bolivia - July 4th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Caracas, Venezuela - July 6th (MPA/ID Alum) REGISTER

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - July 8th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Kampala, Uganda - July 8th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Yangon, Myanmar - July 8th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Kigali, Rwanda - July 10th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - July 12th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Dhaka, Bangladesh - July 13th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Nairobi, Kenya - July 16th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - July 27th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - August 19th (MPA/ID Student) REGISTER

Accra, Ghana - COMING SOON


JJ/WBGSP Scholarships

Omar Zambrano, MPA/ID 2005, is a partner and Chief Economist of the Venezuelan consulting firm MEG Policy and Economic Analysis.

“We are in the middle of the struggle of our lives, fighting for democracy and freedom in the streets. Hoping that the future will offer us the opportunity to pave the road to a more inclusive, sustainable and democratic development process. In some sense, for me, being here right now is the realization of all the principles we were taught and all the dreams we dreamt while in the MPAID program.”

Omar's studies were made possible thanks to the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), which funds students from developing countries to attend the MPA/ID Program. Information about our partnership is available on the JJ/WBGSP website.

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