Harvard Kennedy School

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Harvard Kennedy School
founding 1936
Sponsorship Private
place Cambridge , Massachusetts , United States
dean Douglas W. Elmendorf
Students approx. 1,100 (full-time)
Employee approx. 200
including professors 138
Foundation assets 1.2 billion US dollars (2015)
Website www.hks.harvard.edu

The Harvard Kennedy School - John F. Kennedy School of Government (HKS) is an academic institution ("school") of the American Harvard University in Cambridge , Massachusetts in the United States . It was founded in 1936 and is an interdisciplinary graduate school for political science , political science , political economy and public policy .


The facility was called the Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration when it was founded and was made possible by a US $ 2 million donation from politician Lucius N. Littauer . In 1937 she accepted her first students. In 1966 it was renamed in honor of President John F. Kennedy , who had been assassinated three years earlier .


There are four possible Master’s degrees: The Master of Public Policy (MPP) offers political analysis, economics and management . There are also three different programs leading to a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree . One of them is a one-year “mid-career program” (MC / MPA), which was specially designed for people in the middle of their careers at least seven years after their graduation. There are also two two-year programs, including the “International Development track” (MPA / ID).

Doctoral degrees (PhD) are available in the subjects of political economy , public policy , social policy and health policy .

Research centers

The Harvard Kennedy School houses and is connected to a number of institutes and research centers:

  • Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
  • Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
  • Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
  • Center for International Development
  • Center for Public Leadership
  • Institute of Politics
  • Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
  • Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
  • Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy
  • Taubman Center for State and Local Government
  • The Women and Public Policy Program


Individual evidence

  1. https://www.hks.harvard.edu/more/about-us/leadership-administration/deans-office
  2. https://www.hks.harvard.edu/more/about-us/media/numbers-facts
  3. https://www.hks.harvard.edu/more/about-us/media/numbers-facts
  4. ^ Harvard Kennedy School: Centers & Initiatives. Retrieved June 2, 2018 .

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Coordinates: 42 ° 22 ′ 16.7 "  N , 71 ° 7 ′ 16.7"  W.