3 skills master's in public policy graduates bring to global development

Master’s of public policy and master’s of public administration students from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy interact with policy experts. Photo by: University of Michigan / CC BY-ND

A master’s in public administration — which typically focuses on management and implementation — or a master’s in public policy, which has a heavier emphasis on policy and analysis, are popular degree choices for people wanting to pursue a career in public service such as international development.

In fact, global leaders like United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former head of the World Bank Robert Zoellik hold an MPA and an MPP, respectively.

In a survey of international development recruiters Devex conducted earlier this year, 17 percent identified an MPA or MPP as the most in-demand degree for their hiring needs this year.

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.