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Executive Master of Public Administration

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About the Executive MPA

This programme is offered through LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs and delivered by the Department of Economics and the Department of Government in collaboration with leading scholars from across LSE. It provides a set of high-quality, interdisciplinary courses devised to meet the needs of government departments and public agencies in many countries for highly skilled and professional policy-makers. It also meets the needs of people working with governments but in the private sector, for instance in consultancy regulated industries such as financial services, public-private partnerships, public affairs, media, non-governmental organisations and interest groups. The programme is designed for those in full-time employment.

Specifically it provides:

  • study in the Institute of Public Affairs, drawing on faculty and institutional links from across the School to support and enhance LSE's public policy training
  • a modular programme structure allowing students to study courses whilst engaged in full-time employment, through attendance at week-long intensive courses and long weekend (Friday - Sunday) Policy in Practice Workshop
  • teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of research in public administration and policy-making
  • interaction with senior-level practitioners responsible for the development and implementation of major policy initiatives
  • a comparative, international and multidisciplinary environment with links to several specialist institutions partnered with the Institute of Public Affairs
  • an interactive format that builds on the insights of an experienced, skilled and internationally diverse cohort

The choice of two week-long courses from a range of options allows you the flexibility to customise your curriculum. You may wish to use this flexibility to develop new skills, pursue personal and professional interests, or add depth to existing knowledge. You will leave LSE with high-level knowledge and advanced skills which will empower you to master new challenges with your current organisation and expand your choice of career options.

The EMPA shares some classes with the Civil Service and LSE Executive Master of Public Policy (EMPP), a sponsored degree programme for senior levels of the UK Civil Service. This allows EMPA students to benefit from the experience and insight of senior government decision-makers and for EMPP students to benefit from the diversity of experience in the EMPA cohort. The EMPA/EMPP peer network will provide support and inspiration throughout your professional career.

Applicants will be considered who have a good first degree from any subject background and substantial relevant work experience. We typically expect at least five years of work experience.

This programme requires either two academic references or one academic and one professional reference. The latter should be a reference from your most recent employer. If you graduated from your most recent academic study before 2010 (or before 2011 for applicants for 2016 intake) and no academic references are available, you may supply two professional references. It is in your interest to supply academic references wherever possible. In addition to this, we encourage you to supplement your application by uploading a CV.

Programme details

The EMPA programme comprises eight modules spaced over a 19 month period. Students will attend LSE for five one-week sessions. The programme also includes three compulsory three-day weekend Policy in Practice Workshops. Work on campus will be complemented with preparatory readings and online revision material. The modules are assessed with a combination of written assignments and exams.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Public Policy in Practice Workshop (I)*, Public Policy in Practice Workshop (II)*, Public Policy in Practice Workshop (III)*. The policy workshops apply the analytical tools that are taught in the week-long modules of the Executive MPA to specific policy areas. Teaching is based on a series of case studies. The case studies are taught by specialists in a particular policy area and are complemented with group working sessions by the students and presentations by policy practitioners involved in the policy area.
  • 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.
  • 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.

In addition to compulsory courses students will be expected to choose two courses from a range of one week option courses which currently include:

Option courses are shared with the EMPP and are subject to change and replacement.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for Executive Master of Public Administration 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, some circumstances may cause the School to subsequently change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. 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 circumstances outside of its control. You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee places on its courses. 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.

Graduate destinations

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 will occupy positions in governments, international organisations, the private sector and think tanks around the world. 


Application code: L2UM (check availability)

Start date: 11 December 2015 for current year (11 December 2016 for entry next year)

Duration: Taught over 19 months in modular blocks. (Note: The unique teaching arrangements are designed to be suitable for participants in full-time employment)

Intake/applications in 2014: 35/81

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 degree in any discipline (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Year one £13,380, year two £13,380 (Fee for 2016: year one £13,915, year two £13,915)

Financial support: This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions