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About the MPA

How long is the programme?

The MPA programme is a full-time two-year programme. Each year runs from September to June. Students are not required to be in attendance during the summer between the first and second year.

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Can I study part-time?

The MPA programme is only offered full-time. Classes take place every weekday (Monday-Friday). Students interested in studying part-time who have more than five years work experience may wish to look at the part-time EMPA programme|.

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How many applications do you receive each year?

Each year we typically receive around 600 applications. Our target intake is 115 students per year, meaning at any one time there may be up to 230 MPA students studying at LSE across both years.

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What are the student demographics?

The MPA programme is proudly diverse and our students come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds, and with varying levels of experience. We normally have students from around 40 different countries on the programme each year.

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Tuition and Funding

How much does the programme cost?

For information on costs please see either the LSE Table of Fees for up to date information, or our page on Fees and Finance|.

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Where can I find information about scholarships and financial assistance?

All LSE scholarships and financial assistance are coordinated by the LSE Financial Support office|.

All applicants to the two-year MPA programme are eligible to apply to the LSE Graduate Support Scheme|. Applicants do not have to wait for a decision on their application before applying to the Graduate Support Scheme.

Any queries about funding and financial support should be directed to the Financial Support Office| as MPA Staff are unable to provide specific advice on this issue.


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Applying to the MPA

How do I apply to the MPA programme?

All applications are made through LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office|. Applications open in mid–October each year. Full details of how to apply are available on the LSE Graduate Admissions homepage. This includes information about the entry requirements and the documents applicants are required to submit with their application.

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What are the application deadlines?

The MPA does not have a deadline for applications; Graduate Admissions begin accepting applications in mid-October. The MPA has a limited number of offers to make each year and once this limit has been reached, no further applications can be considered. To find out about current programme availability, go to the LSE Graduate Admissions homepage| and click "Available programmes" in the menu on the left of the page. We recommend that applicants submit their applications as early as possible to maximise their chance of being admitted.

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Do I have to submit two academic references?

Please see Section C of this webpage| for reference requirements.

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How long should my personal statement be?

Please see Section E of this webpage| for more information.

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Where do I send my application documents?

All application documents must be sent to Graduate Admissions|. If you are unable to upload your documents, please contact us|.

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What is your GRE/GMAT policy?

We do not require applicants to have taken GRE/GMAT tests. However, if you have taken one of these, and you feel your results will support your application, you are welcome to include it. As this is not a requirement for the MPA we cannot advise what the Selectors would consider a good score. We are also unable to advise applicants what the average GRE score is as only a minority of applicants choose to include this information.

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Can I apply even if my English language score is lower than required?

The requirements for English language test scores are available here|. However, you can apply even if you have not yet achieved the required score. If your application is successful you will receive a conditional offer, which means that you will be accepted on the programme only if you achieve the required test scores before the programme starts. If you will require a student visa, please note that you will need to hold an unconditional offer so will need to achieve the required English test score leaving enough time to apply for your visa and wait for a decision on your visa application.

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What do you look for in an applicant?

The Selectors will consider the application as a whole before making a decision. They are looking for:

  • Proven academic ability and strong academic grades. Economics and/or quantitative course work is particularly helpful but there is no specific subject requirement for the first degree.
  • Relevant work experience. Although this is not required, it will significantly strengthen your application if you can demonstrate solid professional experience. This can include internships and voluntary work as well as paid employment. The average work experience of our students is three years.
  • A personal statement that is well written and clearly explains why you have chosen this professionally-oriented policy programme. It is also important that your statement explains how your prior professional and educational experiences make you a good candidate for the programme.
  • Strong references in support of your application.

Please note that we are unable to respond to individuals who ask whether they are eligible to apply. Full details of the entry requirements are available from the Graduate Admissions webpages|.

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Do you accept transfer students?

No, the MPA does not accept transfer credits. It is also not possible for students to attend individual courses without being registered for a degree programme at LSE.

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Can I visit the campus?

There is open access to many parts of LSE's campus and visitors are welcome to take a self-guided tour using a campus map. LSE also has many public events| which are often open to all, although some do require a ticket.

The teaching and research commitments of the academic staff mean that they are not able to meet with offer-holders but if you have specific questions, you can e-mail mpa@lse.ac.uk| for further information.

It is not possible for offer-holders to attend any teaching sessions connected to the MPA programme or any other LSE programme as these are only open to registered LSE students.

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What happens after I submit my application?

The LSE Graduate Admissions Office| will process your application. They will confirm to you that it has been received and if any further action or documents are required from you. Graduate Admissions receive applications and documentation for all graduate programmes. This means that it may take some time for your application to be processed. You can see the current processing times on-line.

Please note that all queries relating to application documents should be directed to Graduate Admissions.

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Other Questions

Can I apply for a PhD programme after the MPA?

A number of MPA graduates have gone on to PhD programmes both at LSE and elsewhere. There is no direct link between the MPA and any particular LSE PhD programme so students are free to focus on their own area of interest. If you are considering applying for a PhD programme at LSE, you are advised to visit the web pages of the LSE academic departments for further information on available PhD programmes.

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What do MPA graduates do after completing the programme?

MPA students come from a wide variety of academic and professional backgrounds and with varying levels of experience. There is therefore no typical destination and graduates go on to many different careers. Some examples are available here|. There is a rapidly growing MPA alumni community, many of whom enjoy keeping in touch with the MPA and who return to visit us and participate in events.

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