happygomucky Posted June 24, 2014 Share Posted June 24, 2014 Hi there, Is there anyone on here who's been working in public policy for a while and considering a mid-career MPA or has done one and is willing to share their experience? My background is in diplomacy and have been working in the foreign service for nearly 9 years now. I'm interested in doing an MPA/MPP to frame some of my professional experience and take some time to consider my policy area of choice (conflict/stabilisation) in a bit more depth than my current work allows. I'm also interested in making a career pivot - looking these issues from more of a development perspective. Given that time is not an issue (I can take 2 yrs off work with minimal harm to my career) - and cost is not (yet) a determining factor - is there any value in doing mid-career MPAs? I've heard that HKS' mid-career offering is, bluntly, not very good and simply a money-spinner for the university. Are there Mid-Career MPAs out there with a good reputation? Alternatively is it better to aim for simple MPA (or MPA2 to return to the Harvard example) programme, even though some of the career development/internship stuff may be less relevant? Other candidates could be SIPA (for their good rep on conflict), Fletcher or even WWS. I know there are not many on these boards in a similar position but any feedback would be most welcome. Ta Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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