The two-year Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) Program is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders in international development. It is an economics-centered, multi-disciplinary program that combines rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy and practice.
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-governmental organizations, or private businesses.
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.
In the context of a multidisciplinary core curriculum, MPA/ID students take microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics sequences that are taught at the same level as first-year courses in top PhD programs in economics, but with an emphasis on policy applications to development over pure theory. In addition, the core curriculum includes courses in institutions, management, and governance.
Students gain professional expertise through the case workshop, a required summer internship, a substantial second-year policy analysis, and elective coursework in specific fields of development. The duration of the program is 21 months including a three month internship.
The online application is available at http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/admissions/apply. Applications are due in early December. For more information, please visit http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/masters.
The basic eligibility criteria are the same as those for the Regular Program. In addition, applicants must meet the MPA/ID Program's own admission requirements, such as successful achievement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Partnership Program with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Master of in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) began in 1999. The JJ/WBGSP sponsors a maximum of 15 new scholars each year.