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About the MPA

The MPA is a two-year interdisciplinary graduate programme in public policy and administration. We enable students to make an immediate impact on employers by equipping them with world-class applied and professional skills to understand, analyse and produce effective public policy.

In contrast to similar programmes in other policy schools, we place special emphasis on rigorous empirical training, particularly in economics, econometrics and political science. You will apply these skills to real-world scenarios via the MPA Capstone in the second year of the MPA. Only a two-year degree can offer this depth of study and the combination of methodological discipline with practical application.

This challenging programme produces well-rounded professionals who make an immediate impact for employers in the public sector, private companies, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations around the world, including government departments and agencies, consultancies and international development agencies. 

The first year of the MPA is common to all students. From the start of the second year you wil specialise in one of six policy streams:

  • MPA Public and Economic Policy
  • MPA Public and Social Policy
  • MPA Public Policy and Management
  • MPA International Development
  • MPA European Policy Making
  • MPA Social Impact

MPA Dual Degree

As a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), the Institute of Public Affairs offers its MPA students the opportunity to spend their second year of study at one of our GPPN partner institutions. Students already in their first year at one of our partner schools can also apply to enter directly into the second year of the LSE MPA.

By combining study on the LSE MPA with study at another internationally-renowned university, you will experience the challenges and processes of public policy-making and analysis from different academic and cultural perspectives thus equipping you with a high-demand professional skill-set and providing the international exposure frequently sought by top employers.

Our partner schools include

  • The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University
  • The School of Public Affairs at the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po)
  • Hertie School of Governance
  • The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY), National University of Singapore
  • The Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo*

* Note that the programme length for students studying at the University of Tokyo is 24 months with graduation no earlier than December of the second year. 

Graduate destinations

Studying the LSE MPA is an excellent career decision with many global employers attracted both to the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of the course.

MPA graduates take highly competitive jobs in consulting, advisory and analyst roles in government departments, private sector companies (including Deloitte, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and KPMG); international organisations (including the World Bank, OECD, UNICEF and EBRD); and think tanks: The Overseas Development Institute (ODI); The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR); and the Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme


Visit the MPA Master of Public Administration / MPA Dual Degree page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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