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Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programme

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a two-year graduate degree programme in public policy and administration, offered through LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs.

Students taking the MPA programme will develop high-level professional policy-making skills required by employers in the public sector and private sector, and by non-governmental organisations. Inaugurated in 2003, this flagship LSE programme started with an initial cohort of 18, and has now grown to train around 200 students over two years.

The MPA: 

  • Equips talented students with knowledge and professional skills in economic and political analysis to undertake and advise on public policy-making.

  • Combines rigorous academic development with strong practical applications in individual and group-based work.

  • Prepares students for careers in the public sector, private companies and non-governmental organisations around the world, including government departments and agencies, consultancies and international development agencies.

  • Offers the opportunity to specialise in a sub-field of public policy and administration including:

    - economic policy
    - social policy
    - public management
    - development policy
    - European public policy

  • Trains students, through the MPA study support seminars, with strong professional communication skills fundamental to all future career directions.

Watch the video at the top of the page to hear the thoughts of current students, alumni and MPA faculty.