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1 Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Kennedy School Ask what you can do. Matt Clemons – Director of Admissions

2 MISSION Train enlightened public leaders and generate the ideas that provide solutions to our most challenging public problems.

3 We are a professional school
Professional skills development Project and case study focus No academic thesis Majority do not go on to PhD We prefer previous full-time professional work Negotiate, manage, measure, lead, communicate

4 There is not one profile
We are interested in applicants from a variety of majors Previous work experience does not have to be government related Both our students and alumni represent the not-for-profit, private, and public sectors

5 The Harvard Universe 14 Different schools
Graduate training in a variety of fields Each school runs its own operations Different admission offices and policies


7 4 40% 900+ 80+ 0-40 500+ HKS Overview master’s degrees
international students 900+ full time students 80+ countries 0-40 years of work experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors 500+ colleges and universities previously attended

8 What are we looking for? Commitment to public service and to making a difference Leadership skills Quantitative ability Strong academics Diverse backgrounds

9 Overview of Degree Programs
Details Requirements Master in Public Policy (MPP) 2-year program Core curriculum: analysis, management, and leadership Bachelor’s degree Work experience: none, average is 2-3 years Two-Year Master in Public Administration (MPA2) Flexible curriculum Bachelor’s degree & substantial graduate-level coursework Work experience: 3 years Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) & Mason Program 1-year program Work experience: 7 years, average is 14 years Master in Public Administration/International Development (MPA/ID) Core curriculum: Economics-centered, multi-disciplinary Bachelor’s degree & quantitative coursework Work experience: none, average is 4 years

10 PhD Programs Public Policy Political Economy and Government
Health Policy Social Policy

11 Master in Public Policy (MPP)
Work experience is not required (but the average is 2-3 years) Two year program Core curriculum plus electives Average age: 26 Average class size: 227

12 Policy Area Concentration Policy Analysis Exercise
MPP Curriculum Core Requirements Policy Area Concentration Year 1 Year 2 Economics Quantitative Analysis Politics & Advocacy Strategic Management Ethics Policy Analysis Leadership Business & Government Policy Democracy, Politics, & Institutions International & Global Affairs International Trade & Finance Political & Economic Development Social & Urban Policy Spring Exercise Policy Analysis Exercise

13 MPP Spring Exercise Two-week long simulation that offers students an intense challenge of intellectual integration and practical application spanning the disciplines represented in the MPP core. Students practice applying core tools and concepts in a setting and at a pace approximating professional reality. Students attend presentations and write policy memos and briefings related to the challenge. Past Spring Exercise topics have included: Sex Trafficking Global Warming AIDS in Africa Rebuilding Afghanistan

14 MPP Policy Analysis Exercise
Capstone of the MPP program - equivalent to a thesis. Students work with a real world client to implement a solution to a public policy problem. Recent award winning PAEs include: 21st Century GDP: National Indicators for a New Era Rail Station Renovation Studies: Recommendations for the Redevelopment of New York’s Penn Station Reintegration of Former Child Soldiers in the Cote d’Ivorie

15 Master in Public Administration (MPA2)
Prerequisites: at least three years full-time professional work experience and a master’s degree or considerable relevant graduate course work Two-year program Average age: 30 Average class size: 71

16 MPA2 Curriculum Two courses from a policy area
One class from each distribution area Economics and Quantitative Analysis Sample class: Public Sector Economics Management and Leadership Sample class: Judgment Making, Decision Making, and Behavior Political Thought and Institutions Sample class: Religion, Politics, and Public Policy Electives  Flexible curriculum

17 Mid-Career MPA Minimum of seven years full-time professional work experience (average is 14 years) Average age: 39 Average class size: 196 One year program Developing country citizens apply through the Mason Program

18 Mid-Career MPA Curriculum
Summer program One class from each distribution area Economics and Quantitative Analysis Sample class: The Political Economy of Trade Management and Leadership Sample class: Decision Making and Leadership in the Public Sector Political Thought and Institutions Sample class: Human Rights and International Politics Electives

19 MPA in International Development (MPA/ID)
Pre-requisites: microeconomics, macroeconomics, and multivariable calculus. Statistics and linear algebra are desirable but not required. Work experience is not required, but strongly preferred, preferably in a developing country Two year program Average age: 27 Average class size: 70

20 MPA/ID Curriculum Core courses Electives Summer internship
Past internships: Turkish Treasury Department, US Embassy in Madagascar, Boston Consulting Group, and Inter-American Development Bank Second Year Policy Analysis (SYPA) Capstone paper designed to integrate students’ coursework and skills acquired during the program Objective is to provide specific policy recommendations in the context of a concrete developmental problem

21 Combined Degree Programs
Joint Degrees Harvard Business School Harvard Law School Concurrent Degrees Business: UPenn, Dartmouth, Stanford, MIT Law: Berkeley, Duke, Georgetown, Michigan, NYU, Northwestern, UPenn, Stanford, Yale Divinity: Harvard (MTS or MDiv) Design: Harvard (MUP) Medicine: Case-by-case Cross registration opportunities are available within Harvard, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Tufts Fletcher School.

22 Admissions Tips Sign up for the admissions blog to stay up-to-date on admissions information and recruitment activities.  Plan Ahead! In the coming months: Register for the GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS by the end of October/early November. Obtain transcripts from all of the schools you attended for credit. Select your recommenders and ask if they will write a letter of recommendation for you.

23 Test Information GRE and GMAT
Not cutoffs, we prefer scores in the top 30% TOEFL Minimum iBT score of 100 and we prefer 25 on each section IELTS Minimum score of 7 and prefer score of 7 on each section.

24 One application open date – September
The Cycle One application open date – September One application deadline date - December One decision release date – March One class start date – September

25 Deadline: December 2, 2014 All required materials must be included with the application and submitted by this date. Transcript 3 letters of recommendation Resume/CV Essay(s) GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELTS Visit to learn more.

26 Involvement in community
HKS Themes Service Leadership Advocacy Involvement in community

27 Overview of Financial Assistance
*Source: Admitted Students Fall 2012 Please note: These figures should not be considered predictive of the likelihood of receiving aid or the amount received. Amount of aid available and the number of recipients will vary based upon the availability of funding.

28 Harvard Kennedy School
Loan Repayment Borrowing is a reality for many at HKS… However, there are options! HKS Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Helps graduates employed for non-profit and government organizations with modest incomes repay their loans after graduation. Key Features: Available for both domestic and international borrowers Eligible for 5 years of participation Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Provides loan forgiveness for borrowers who repay their loans using an income based repayment plan for the amount remaining after 10 years of employment for 501C(3) or U.S. based governmental position (federal, state, and local). Key Features: For domestic borrowers only Slide Goal: Present HKS student loan borrowing and sample loan repayment tools *Source: Borrowers only, class of 2012

29 Office of Career Advancement
Individual career coaching JACK: Jobs and Careers for the Kennedy School, our dynamic job bank and career management system A wide range of job search tools and skill development resources Employers on Campus program Connections to our expansive alumni community Networking events with alumni and practitioners addressing the professional areas of interest most often pursued by our graduates Information on career-related programming throughout HKS and the Harvard community

30 Employment Post-HKS The HKS degree remains resilient in a sluggish economy. By October, 90% of 2013 graduates reporting* were settled (employed/continuing education). This is consistent with previous years. Most students will find their post-HKS positions through professional networking. In 2013, 84% of employers hired a single graduate reflecting our diversified hiring base and the unique trajectories of HKS graduates. *91% of the Class of 2013 reporting

31 Employment Post-HKS Our graduates work in a multitude of industries and fields. Some of our top professional areas of interest are international development, international security, public finance, urban economic development, energy and the environment, social policy, and public affairs. Our graduates also work in a variety of sectors:

32 Student Life Journals and Writing Opportunities
Professional Interest Councils (PIC) Student Conferences

33 John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum Premier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate. Since 1978, The Forum has hosted 1,000 events which have been seen by 650,000 people live. Heads of state; leaders in politics, government, business, labor and the media; academics; community organizers; and artists visit HKS. Forum speakers must agree to answer questions from the audience. Regularly sponsors television and radio programs, film screenings, and debate watch parties.

34 John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum The Tipping Point: Elevating Women for Global Security A Conversation with Felipe Calderón Boston Marathon Tragedy and Aftermath A Decade in Iraq: Lessons and the Landscape Ahead A Public Address by His Excellency Macky Sall, President of Senegal Premiere Screening and Discussion of Game Change

35 Research Centers Main engines of research, covering international, national and local issues of public policy and management. Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Center for International Development Center for Public Leadership Edmond J. Safra Foundation for Ethics Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations Institute of Politics Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy Joint Center for Housing Studies Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston Taubman Center for State and Local Government The Women and Public Policy Program

36 Research Centers Opportunities for students include:
Workshops/lectures Fellowships Funding for summer internships Leadership Mentoring Research projects

37 Contact Information Phone:

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