Entry requirements

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.

English higher level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About this programme

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a two-year interdisciplinary graduate programme in public policy and administration. We enable students to make an immediate impact on employers by equipping them with world-class applied and professional skills to understand, analyse and produce effective public policy.

In contrast to similar programmes in other policy schools, we place special emphasis on rigorous empirical training, particularly in economics, econometrics and political science. You will apply these skills to real-world scenarios via the MPA Capstone in the second year of the MPA. It allows you to extend your capabilities by applying what you have learned in the MPA core courses in a professional context. Only a two-year degree can offer this depth of study and the combination of methodological discipline with practical application.

This challenging programme produces well-rounded professionals who make an immediate impact for employers in the public sector, private companies, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations around the world, including government departments and agencies, consultancies and international development agencies.

The first year of the MPA is common to all students From the start of the second year you will specialise in one of five policy streams:

  • MPA Public and Economic Policy
  • MPA Public and Social Policy
  • MPA Public Policy and Management
  • MPA International Development
  • MPA Social Impact

Information for international students

For country-specific information regarding entry requirements, fees, and scholarships avaliable, please visit LSE's country pages.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is eligible for needs-based awards from LSE, including the Graduate Support Scheme, Master's Awards and Anniversary Scholarships.

More information on funding and scholarships can be found on the LSE website.

Qualification and course duration

MPA

full time
21 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Office
Email
stu.rec@lse.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 7955 6613