USA – Harvard Kennedy School’s MPA/ID Program APPLICATION is open for Fall 2024

If you are committed to global development and poverty reduction, have a strong academic record including economics and mathematics plus related work experience, consider applying to the MPA/ID Program at Harvard Kennedy School. The MPA/ID Program is an economics-centered, multidisciplinary program, integrating rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy outcomes informed by global perspectives.

Attend an upcoming info session and apply by December 1, 2023 at 12 p.m. ET. 

Over three quarters of our students are citizens of low- or middle-income countries. Full scholarships are available for qualified candidates. Additional information about the MPA/ID Program and the other HKS master’s programs can be found on Harvard Kennedy School’s website.


Master in Public Administration in International Development

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Harvard Kennedy School’s MPA in International Development (MPA/ID) is designed to prepare the next generation of leaders and practitioners in global development. It is an economics-centered, multidisciplinary program, integrating rigorous training in analytical and quantitative methods with an emphasis on policy outcomes.

The MPA/ID Program is chaired by Professor Dani Rodrik. The intellectual home of the MPA/ID students is Harvard’s university-wide research center, the Center for International Development (CID), based at the Kennedy School and directed by Professor Asim Khwaja.

The two-year MPA/ID Program offers unparalleled training for a professional career in development. The mix of theoretical rigor with practical approaches has proven to be a winning combination for effective development work. The program enables an internationally diverse cohort of students to build on their experiences and insights to address complex development challenges. Our graduates hold influential policy, advocacy, and management positions in a range of international organizations, national governments, central and regional banks, nonprofit and research organizations, and private sector companies.

Our young alumni body includes ministers and deputy ministers of their countries, senior economists at the World Bank and IMF, members of parliament, and social entrepreneurs who have started their own enterprises in education, health, finance and small business support.

The MPA/ID Program may be the right fit for you if you:

  • are committed to solving the economic, social, or political problems facing low-income communities, regions, or nations;
  • work in the development field, whether in government, nonprofits, central or regional banks, international development institutions, research organizations, or the private sector;
  • want to deepen and broaden your understanding of development problems and acquire the analytical tools and global perspectives to design and implement effective solutions; and
  • have a strong academic record, including in economics and mathematics.

The MPA/ID Program has been designated a STEM eligible program (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Therefore, all MPA/ID students with F-1 visas may apply to work in the US for two additional years, beyond the standard 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT), following graduation. More information about the STEM OPT Extension can be found here:

Prospective students are welcome to attend these upcoming events.

MPA/ID Program Fall 2023 Information Sessions:

MPA/ID Virtual Information Session (on Zoom)

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET
Register here

MPA/ID Open House (in-person in Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Monday, October 23, 2023

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Register here

The link to the recording of the virtual session will be posted on the MPA/ID website after the event takes place for those not able to attend live.

The online application for enrollment in fall 2024 is available here. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2023 (12:00 p.m. ET). We encourage citizens of both industrialized and developing countries to apply. For more information on the MPA/ID Program, please see

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