Office of Admissions

Harvard Kennedy School maintains an abiding commitment to advancing the public interest by training skilled, enlightened leaders and solving public problems through world-class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. The school offers the depth, reflection, insight, and excellence of ideas and teaching that can shape future leaders, affect public policies, and make an impact on people and their daily lives.

Degrees Offered

Master in Public Policy
Master in Public Administration/Two Year
Master in Public Administration/International Development
Master in Public Administration/Mid-Career

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Information & Technology Policy / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty

Graduate Program Overview

Over the last three decades, we have become the global leader in educating and empowering individuals committed to advancing the public interest. Inspired as ever by President John F. Kennedy's call to serve, we constantly strive to address the world's most pressing issues, reach for bold new ideas, and develop practical solutions that give governments the tools to solve current problems and prevent future crises.

In the face of such daunting challenges as poverty, global warming, terrorism, and the global economic crisis, Harvard Kennedy School responds with action and ideas that are effective, proactive, and visionary.

Thanks to our renowned faculty and pioneering research centers, we deliver real-time, sustainable solutions. We prepare students in all sectors - public, private, and nonprofit - to advance the public interest. And we are truly a global hub for education and research with our students and alumni representing more than 180 countries around the world.

A defining and distinguishing characteristic of the Kennedy School is that we measure ourselves by whether we're making a difference. We train leaders to think deeply and broadly about public service and the impact policies have on people, markets, and institutions. Our students, faculty, alumni, and staff are committed to improving the lives of others and making the world a better place.

Joining Harvard Kennedy School means turning idealism into action, overcoming obstacles to achieve far-reaching results, thinking and acting globally, learning directly from leaders who have shaped the world, and inspiring others. It means finding breakthrough solutions and leaving a legacy of lasting change. Yet above all, it means answering President Kennedy's challenge to "ask what you can do" to make the world a better place.

Admissions Deadline

The deadline is typically the first Friday in December.

Admissions Overview

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Contact Information

Harvard University, 79 JFK Street, Box 93
Cambridge, MA

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