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).
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.
page on the London School of Economics and Political Science website for more details!
I chose to study at LSE because it is one of the top ranked institutions in economics and political science. What pleased me most about studying at LSE is the diversity of the students: the MPA programme has students from a broad range of nationalities with different backgrounds and varied work experience. Being at LSE means exchanging experiences with students from around the entire world. After a theoretical class or lecture, you then have the opportunity to discuss the application of the theories to a broad range of countries and regions.
I also really valued the combination of courses (economics, econometrics, and political economy), as it provides students with an overview of other subjects related to public administration.
LSE helped me with several aspects of my personal development. It offers extra-curricular activities such as Excel training, presentation skills training and life coaching. Additionally, as vice-president of the MPA student association, I experienced working with a team of brilliant people from different nationalities and professional backgrounds, which was extremely enriching.
2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, plus at least on year's minimum relevant work experience; Some economics options only available to applicants with a good first degree in economics; English standard level; GRE/GMAT not required but will be considered if submitted.
Recipient: London School of Economics and Political Science
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