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About the MPA

The two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme is ideal for current and future government advisers, policy-makers and policy analysts from around the world. Our training is both wide-ranging and in-depth and includes, among other areas, economics and econometrics, political science, international development and welfare policy. Around 80 per cent of our students come from overseas, creating a truly international network of peers that endures long after graduation.

You will choose a policy stream from a range of five in the second year, allowing you to specialise in a particular area according to your interests and career plans.

Policy streams:
◾ Public and Economic Policy
◾ Public Policy and Management
◾ International Development
◾ European Public and Economic Policy
◾ Public and Social Policy

In the second year of the programme, you will undertake a capstone project where you work in a group of three to five to research, analyse and make recommendations to resolve a genuine policy problem for a real-life client organisation.

You will also benefit from a range of Skills Development Seminars which will complement the formal teaching and learning of the programme. In addition, regular Policy in Practice Seminars bring distinguished professionals to LSE to share their experiences and to help you connect your classroom learning to the real world.

The MPA produces graduates who make far-reaching and significant contributions in the policy arena in the public and private sectors, and in non-governmental organisations including careers in impact investing, policy monitoring and evaluation, policy design, social impact investing, political transparency, financial regulation and economic analysis.

MPA Dual Degree

During their first year, MPA students can apply to spend their second year studying abroad at one of our partner schools, joining one of the following programmes:
◾ the MPA or the MIA at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
◾ the MPP at Sciences Po, Paris
◾ the MPP at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
◾ the MPP at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY), National University of Singapore
◾ the MPP at the Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo (note: programme length is 24 months with graduation no earlier than December of the second year).

Graduate destinations

MPA graduates proceed to a wide range of destinations after graduation. Our alumni have assumed consulting, advisory and analyst roles in government – the UK Department of Work and Pensions, the US Department of the Treasury and the Ministry of Finance of Japan; private sector companies – Deloitte, McKinsey, Boston Consulting Group, and KPMG; international organisations – the World Bank, OECD, UNICEF, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD); and think-tanks and NGOs – the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Institute for Public Policy Research (IIPR), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Some graduates also go on to study doctoral degrees at LSE and at other world-renowned institutions.

Visit the MPA page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!

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