Executive Master of Public Administration

  • Executive
  • School of Public Policy
  • Application code L2UM
  • Starting 2018
  • UK/EU part-time: Open
  • Overseas part-time: Open
  • Location: London

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree programme offered through the School of Public Policy, the hub of LSE’s public policy expertise. The EMPA brings together academic and practitioner experts to prepare students to meet the policy challenges of tomorrow.

The curriculum emphasises a core set of skills in economics, policy evaluation and political science while demonstrating how these can be applied to analyse policies in a broad range of geographies and contexts. This programme is aimed at people in full-time employment. The EMPA offers week-long intensive courses and long weekend Policy in Practice Workshops. In addition to studying compulsory courses, you can also choose between a number of option courses. This allows you to customise your curriculum to match your personal and professional interests. This high-quality, interdisciplinary programme has been designed to meet the needs of those in both the public and private sectors, and other sectors involved with major public policy decisions, who are seeking career progression, career transition or senior level effectiveness.

The programme benefits from sharing some classes with the Executive Master of Public Policy programme (EMPP). The EMPP is open only to UK Civil Servants and is designed to train the organisation’s future leaders. The cohort is senior, experienced and knowledgeable in contemporary public policy challenges.

Programme details

Key facts

Executive Master of Public Administration

Start date December 2018
Application deadline None – rolling admissions
Duration Taught over 19 months in modular blocks
Applications 2016 80
Intake 2016 41
Availability UK/EU: Open
Overseas: Open
Tuition fee Year one: £14,978 (2018 entry)
Year two: £14,978 (2019, continuing student)
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

You will take eight modules over the 19 month period. You attend LSE for five weeks, as well as for three compulsory weekend workshops on Policy in Practice. You can customise your learning experience by choosing two specialist modules from a range of options.

You may also like to view the Department's webpages about this programme for further detail.

First year

(* denotes a half unit)

Public Policy in Practice Workshop I*
Applies the analytical tools that are taught in the week-long modules of the Executive MPA to specific policy areas.

Political Science and Public Policy*
Introduces a range of theoretical and empirical tools to analyse the politics of policymaking. The main focus is on political institutes in modern democracies and how they relate to public policy. This class is shared with the EMPP programme.

Empirical Methods for Public Policy* 
Introduces the quantitative evaluation of public policies and focuses on the practical applications of state-of-the-art approaches to test the effectiveness of public policy interventions. This class is shared with the EMPP programme.

Public Policy in Practice Workshop II*
Applies the analytical tools that are taught in the week-long modules of the Executive MPA to specific policy areas.

Second year

Economic Policy Analysis*
Covers both key microeconomic policy issues, such as externalities, public goals and principal-agent problems, and macroeconomic issues such as unemployment, fiscal and monetary policies, international trade and finance, and the determinants of long-run growth. This class is shared with the EMPP programme.

Public Policy in Practice Workshop III*
Applies the analytical tools that are taught in the week-long modules of the Executive MPA to specific policy areas.

Courses to the value of one unit from a range of options. 

You can find the most up-to-date list of option courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods and assessment

This programme is taught over 19 months, in modular blocks. The unique teaching arrangements are designed specifically to be suitable for participants in full-time employment.

Teaching for the Policy in Practice workshops is based on a series of case studies that are taught by specialists in a particular policy area. They are complemented by group working sessions by you and your peers, as well as presentations by policy practitioners involved in the policy area.

Study on campus will be complemented by preparatory readings and online revision material.

Courses are assessed with a combination of written assignments and exams.

You can view indicative details of hours, teaching staff, and assessment in the Calendar within each course guide.

Academic support

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.


The Executive MPA is a transformational programme that provides skills and knowledge to enhance career prospects and expand options in the area of public policy. LSE Executive MPA alumni occupy leading positions in a wide range of public and private sector organisations around the world including governments, international organisations, major consultancies, financial services companies, charities and think tanks.

EMPA students also receive more customised support appropriate for more experienced professionals including events specifically for experienced hires and a programme of one-to-one executive coaching.

Visit the EMPA student directory to find out about our current cohort of students.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Student stories

Anikka Weerasinghe

Executive Master of Public Administration, 2016
Head of News at the UK Cabinet Office 


The EMPA provided me with new tools to critically analyse and assess major policy problems. It deepened my understanding of global complexities and trends. The programme also refined my approach to problem-solving at work, helped me to reframe my career objectives, and encouraged me to better articulate what I want for my future. This was supported by the professional career coaching service offered. The programme opened my eyes to new opportunities, and as a result I was able to secure interviews and a new placement within weeks of graduation.


Mike Lynch

Executive Master of Public Administration, 2016
Chief Human Potential Officer at DAQRI


My classmates were amazing and remain good friends to date. The faculty and team working with the program partnered with each person and helped make this an incredible experience that I will forever look back on as one of the best decisions I have made both personally and professionally.

Class profile

Below is a snapshot overview of all students who registered to study the EMPA from 2013-2017

  • 48 nationalities
  • 42 locations
  • age range: 25-52 years
  • average age: 36 years

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- personal statement
- two references
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply. 

Minimum entry requirements for Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent in any discipline.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements 

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2018/19 for Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA)

UK/EU students, first year: £14,978 (2018/19)
Overseas students, first year: £14,978 (2018/19)
UK/EU students, second year: £14,978 (2019/20)
Overseas students, second year: £14,978 (2019/20)

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status.

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

Scholarships and other funding

This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans
Find out more about external funding opportunities

Contact us

Programme and admissions enquiries

If you have any queries related to your application or the admissions process, please check the EMPA frequently asked questions webpage.

If you have any programme or admissions queries which are not answered on the website, please contact the EMPA Programme Team via email at 
You can also telephone us on +44 (0)20 7955 7991

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