MPA Program Forges Partnership with ASAE

Posted: November 2, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Department of Public and International Affairs (PIA) has launched a new graduate certificate in association management, the first to be offered in the United States, as the result of an alliance between George Mason and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Jim Conant, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, welcomed the new alliance as “a part of GMU’s commitment to serve the nonprofit sector and the greater community,” noting the concentration of hundreds of associations in this immediate geographic area.

Based on the same graduate admission requirements and 15 graduate credit hours as the graduate certificate in nonprofit management, this new effort is the result of several years of study and dialogue between faculty members in PIA and the professional development staff of ASAE. The new certificate includes three required courses and a selection of two from among nine electives. The classes can be incorporated into the Master of Public Administration degree and are offered during the evening and weekends at the Arlington Campus and online.

“We are especially pleased that ASAE and GMU share the view that this kind of professional education should be grounded in the values of the liberal arts,” says Scott Keeter, chair of PIA. “And we are excited about the marketing capability that ASAE brings to this partnership, providing information about the certificate to its more than 25,000 members.”

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