The Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is a sought-after program for professionals interested in policy school. The MC/MPA curriculum is a one-year program, including a 5-week summer program and two semesters of coursework.
International applicants from developing countries applying to the MC/MPA from HKS will apply for the MPA Mason Fellows Program. The Mason Fellows program is a cohort within the year-long HKS MC/MPA program and is exclusive to applicants from countries with emerging economies.
Mason Fellows benefit from a built-in network, a specialized pre-semester program called Mason Fall Launch (MFL), and Mason seminars during the school year. Participants will graduate with an MPA and the Mason Certificate in Public Policy and Management.
Which countries qualify for the program?
The Mason program is specifically for applicants from “a transitional economy or developing or newly industrialized country.” This means that the committee only considers applicants from certain countries. According to HKS, Mason Fellows are from the following regions and countries:
|Africa||Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt, DR Congo, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Angola, Mozambique, Ghana, Madagascar, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Malawi, Zambia, Senegal, Chad, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Burundi, Tunisia, South Sudan, Togo, Sierra Leone, Libya, Congo, Liberia, Central African Republic, Mauritania, Eritrea, Namibia, Gambia, Botswana, Gabon, Lesotho, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius, Eswatini, Djibouti, Comoros, Cabo Verde, Sao Tome & Principe, Seychelles|
|Asia||China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Turkey, Iran, Thailand, Myanmar, South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, Yemen, Nepal, North Korea, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Syria, Cambodia, Jordan, Azerbaijan, United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan, Israel,Laos, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Singapore, Oman, State of Palestine, Kuwait, Georgia, Mongolia, Armenia, Qatar, Bahrain, Timor-Leste, Cyprus, Bhutan, Maldives, Brunei|
|Latin America||Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Guyana, Suriname|
|The Caribbean||Haiti, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Barbados, Saint Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Saint Kitts & Nevis|
|The Middle East||Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen|
|Eastern Europe||Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Moldova,Serbia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Ukraine and Belarus, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, and Macedonia|
|Central Europe||Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, United Kingdom|
|Former Eastern Bloc||Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany, Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary.|
MPA applicants from the above regions should consider applying to the Mason Fellow program for an enhanced MPA experience.
Preparing your application
Applying to an MPA program is a lot of work. If you qualify to apply to the Mason Fellow program, you’ll also have to think about presenting the experience you have in advancing positive change in your home country.
For applicants who may qualify for the Mason Fellows program, we can help you with your application. In fact, we’ve helped clients successfully become Mason Fellows in the past. Read more about Mauro’s experience working with us.
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