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Master of Public Administration


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a two-year degree programme designed to equip early-stage professionals with the core analytical skills, practical tools and professional experience to be able to confidently address real-world policy challenges.

The skills I gained during the MPA have greatly impacted the way I approach my work. From approaching donors, to designing and implementing new projects and evaluating results, I apply analytical tools and thought processes that help me understand challenges bottom-up and top-down

Anastasia Sikiaridi, MPA Class of 2017

The programme combines methodological discipline and practical application, giving students the opportunity to develop foundation skills in empirical methods, political science and economic analysis. Students will then apply their skills to real-world scenarios through completion of a six-month Capstone Project with an external client.

Graduates will be equipped with the analytical and professional skills to effectively understand and address the challenges of contemporary governance and make an immediate impact for employers in public, private and non-profit organisations around the world.

Key features:

  • Academic core skills (Year 1) - rigorous empirical training, particularly in micro- and macro-economics, political science and quantitative methods of analysis.
  • MPA Capstone (Year 2) - an opportunity to work on a real-world policy challenge as part of a six-month consultancy style project hosted by an external client.
  • A broad curriculum -  allows you to identify your key interests and strengths from core-courses and a range of option courses (electives).
  • Choice of specialism (Year 2)- an opportunity to choose a specialism to be a part of your degree title.
  • A global outlook – be a part of LSE’s international community as well a network of prestigious policy schools around the world as part of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). 

Key facts

Start date September 2022
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration 21 months full-time only
Tuition fee Year one: £27,421 (2022 entry)
Year two: £27,421 (2023, continuing student)
Financial support Graduate support scheme (deadline 28 April 2022)
Minimum entry requirement

2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline.

There is no formal requirement for previous professional work experience, but students starting the MPA normally have one year of professional experience and many have two or more years of experience. 

GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements

Higher 

How to apply

Apply for the MPA by using the online application system. You must also submit your supporting documents via the online application system.
The application code for MPA is L2UN.

As part of the application process you will need to submit:

  • Two references
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or CV

MPA Class Profile

The MPA attracts a highly diverse range of students from all over the globe. Our current class represent 34 nationalities

The MPA is a professional degree with students having over three years' working experience on average.Their combined experience encourages a mature and reflective approach to study that draws on professional skills and experience gained prior to the MPA.

This diversity is a major strength, providing many different national, economic and societal perspectives to problems and solutions of public policy. 

View our current class profile (year 1 and 2).

Curriculum overview

Detailed curriculum information can be found in the 'Programme structure and courses' section of the MPA admissions pages

Preparation

Prior to starting your studies you will have the opportunity to complete online pre-arrival modules to help you to prepare for your studies.  

You will also attend introductory classes from mid-September which include a welcome session, campus enrolment and compulsory introductory courses in mathematics and statistics.

 

First year 

Compulsory courses 

In the first year, you will take three compulsory courses, in micro- and macro-economics, political science for public policy and quantitative approaches and policy analysis. These provide a rigorous foundation to support you in your second year.

Optional courses 

In addition to your required core courses, you will take full unit or half-unit option courses (electives). The SPP offers a wide range of courses as options. You can review this current year’s (2021/22) option list here. 

 

Second year

The two key features of the second year are the MPA Capstone, and the option to choose a specialisation to be a part of your degree title.

You will also choose a range of option courses (electives) from the School of Public Policy (or elsewhere to in LSE).

MPA Careers

Studying at the LSE School of Public Policy is an excellent career decision with employers across the globe attracted both to the intellectual rigour and the practical applications of our curriculums. 

Throughout your studies and beyond you will have support to navigate your career journey and achieve your goals. 

Find out more about LSE Careers and SPP Careers support

Our graduates go on to pursue careers in a wide range of sectors with popular destinations including; Government and Politics, Consultancy, Financial Services, NGOs & Charities, Data, Research & Think Tanks, International Development and Aid, Public Policy, and International Finance and Trade. 

Find out more about our alumni and their career journeys after graduation.

Events

LSE and SPP Speaker Series

LSE's SPP is a hub of global debate which attracts expert guest speakers from around the world. Discover more about our events and podcast series where experts come together to debate some of the world's most pressing policy challenges. 

Discover more about SPP's guest speaker series and catch up on past events. 

Recruitment events and recordings

View a Q&A recording with the MPA Programme Director.  

 

More information and contact us

Admission queries: LSE Graduate Admissions Office

How to apply

Fees and funding queries 

Visa queries 

Programme content queries: MPA@lse.ac.uk