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Frequently asked questions


Who should apply?

The EMPA programme is designed for working professionals in government departments, public agencies and the private sector who are seeking a formal graduate qualification in public policy.

What are your entry requirements? 

The minimum entry requirements for the EMPA programme are:

  • A good degree in any discipline
  • Higher standard of English
  • Either two academic references, or one academic and one professional reference
  • Personal statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Five years' post-degree work experience.

How do I apply to the EMPA?

All applications are made through LSE’s Graduate Admissions Office. Full details of how to apply are available on the LSE Graduate Admissions home page. This includes information about the entry requirements and the documents applicants are required to submit with their application. Please note that the higher English language requirement is needed for the EMPA.

What type of references do I need to supply?

Applicants will need to submit either two academic OR one professional (most recent employer) and one academic reference. If you have been away from university education for over 6 years, we are happy to accept two professional references.

I don't have 5 years' work experience, can I still apply?

If your experience is slightly under the 5 years’ requirement, please contact the EMPA Programme Office at Spp.Exec.Admissions@lse.ac.uk to discuss your suitability for the programme.

Do I need to take an English language test? If so, what is the score?

If your first language is not English and if your previous degree has not been taught entirely in English in an English language country, you will be required to provide evidence of your English language ability (either IELTS or TOEFL). Details on the scores required can be found here.

Can I send in my CV prior to applying?

Yes, the EMPA Office is more than happy to review your CV before you apply. Please send it to Spp.Exec.Admissions@lse.ac.uk.

Can I discuss my suitability for the programme with someone?

We will be delighted to speak with you to discuss the programme and your suitability, either via a meeting, a telephone conversation or by Zoom. Please contact the EMPA Office to arrange a meeting.

Can I visit the campus?

Yes. Although LSE does not have official campus tours, you are welcome to visit the campus and meet with the Executive MPA team. Please email the EMPA Programme Office to arrange your visit.

 Can I contact a current student?

We are more than happy to put you in contact with a current student, please contact the EMPA Office who will be able to put you in contact.

What are the application deadlines?

The EMPA does not have application deadlines. The EMPA has a limited number of offers to make each year and once this limit has been reached, no further applications can be considered. We recommend that applicants submit their applications as early as possible.

What is your GRE/GMAT policy?

We do not require applicants to have taken GRE/GMAT tests. However, if you have taken one of these, and you feel your results will support your application, you are welcome to include this.

What happens after I submit my application?

The LSE Graduate Admissions Office will process your application. They will confirm to you that it has been received and if any further action or documents are required from you.

Graduate Admissions receive applications and documentation for all graduate programmes. This means that it may take some time for your application to be processed. You can see the current processing times on-line. Once you have received your application number you can track the status of your application.

Please note that all queries relating to application documents should be directed to Graduate Admissions.

Will I need a visa?

To find out what you need to do to obtain the correct kind of immigration permission, please read through the information provided on the School's International Student Visa Advice Team (ISVAT) pages via the links below:

Visa information for executive master's students

Fees and finance

What is the fee level?

The fee level for 2024 entry to the EMPA is £38,820 (£19,410 in 2024/25 and £19,410 in 2025/26). The 2024 intake fee details will be published shortly.

Further details on payment methods are available from the EMPA Programme Office. 

How do I pay my fees?

A specific payment plan has been agreed with the Fees Office for the EMPA, whereby students can pay their fees in 6 instalments over the 22 months. Please check the payment plan for further information.

Are there any scholarships I can apply for?

As a programme for working professionals, this degree is not eligible for the LSE Graduate Support Scheme.

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What is the duration of the programme?

The EMPA programme runs for 22 months, starting in September 2024. The last module of the programme takes place in June 2026, with the final assessment being submitted in June 2026. Graduation will take place in July 2026. 

How is the programme structured?

The EMPA is designed specifically to allow students to continue to work full-time whilst they study. The programme is taught in a combination of week-long modules (usually Monday to Friday) and Policy in Practice weekends usually (Thursday to Saturday). Students will complete a total of eight modules comprising of five week-long modules (usually Monday to Friday) and three weekend modules (usually Thursday – Saturday). 

Do you accept transfer/occasional students?

No, the EMPA does not accept transfer credits. It is also not possible for students to attend individual courses without being registered for a degree programme at LSE.

What are the student demographics?

The EMPA is a very international course; our current cohort consists of 23 different nationalities in 17 different locations and includes students working in a wide range of sectors, both public and private. Please see our class profile and student directory for further information on our student class.

What are the career prospects for EMPA students?

The Executive MPA is a transformational programme that provides skills and knowledge to enhance career prospects and expand options in the area of public policy. LSE Executive MPA and full-time MPA alumni occupy positions in governments, international organisations, the private sector and think tanks around the world.

How much preparation is required for each course?

Students receive core readings prior to the start of each module which they will be required to study in advance module start date. The majority of materials are made available electronically, where possible. 

How is my work assessed?

Students are assessed by a combination of exams and written assignments. All assessments take place online via Moodle, our online learning platform.  Examinations take place 3 weeks after the module and essay deadlines are 6 weeks after module. During this time the Graduate Teaching Assistants will be available via email and Zoom to offer support. 

What programme support is available between modules?

Throughout the course of the programme students will have access to an online learning platform (Moodle) so they can stay connected in between modules. Faculty will use this to plan inter-session activities such as revision sessions and discussions. Students can submit assignments through the site. The administration will use it to communicate with students for important announcements and reminders. By using the online technology students will remain an active part of the LSE community from wherever they are based in the world.

Is there a dissertation option?

We do not currently offer a dissertation option.  

Do you provide accommodation during teaching weeks?

No, it is the student’s responsibility to organise accommodation during the teaching weeks. LSE does negotiate corporate rates with hotels near the School that students can benefit from and during some modules rooms may be available in some LSE Residencies. Please visit the accommodation webpage for more information.

Do executive students have the same privileges as full-time students?

Yes. As a registered student at LSE you will have full access to the School's services and facilities, including the famous LSE Library and the Careers Service. You will also have the opportunity to attend LSE's excellent programme of public lectures and events, given by some of the world's foremost academics, politicians and business leaders.

Do students get the same degree as those on the full time course?

Students will be awarded a Master of Public Administration.

What if I am unable to attend a module due to work commitments or other unforeseen circumstances?

We understand that students may have to miss some lectures or classes because of work commitment or due to unforeseen circumstances. Please contact the EMPA Programme Office if you are unable to attend a module/class to discuss your options. Given the level and nature of the taught material, and the benefits of interaction with faculty and other students, it is recommended that you miss as little of the lecture and class time as possible.

What happens if I am unable to complete the programme?

Whilst we expect that most of our EMPA participants will complete the whole programme, we recognise that unexpected circumstances may sometimes make this unfeasible. With this in mind, the EMPA also offers alternative exit points for participants who have completed several modules but do not think it will be possible to complete the whole degree. Please contact the EMPA Programme Manager for further details.

Can I enrol on the Executive MPP?

The Executive MPP is available only to members of the UK Civil Service who apply through an approved route. Whilst the EMPP is a closed programme, those on the EMPA programme will share up to 75% of their classes with the Civil Service during the course of the programme. Students will learn the same skills, receive the same teaching and share best practice and ideas with peers from the UK Civil Service. There will also be ample opportunities provided for EMPA students to interact and network with those on the EMPP course.

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