School of Public Policy Unveils GlobalMPA Program

Posted: February 21, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

George Mason’s School of Public Policy has joined the GlobalMPA Consortium, an international network of educational institutions, and is now accepting applications for the GlobalMPA program that begins in September. Current partners in the consortium are universities in Europe, the United States, and South Africa. Created to address issues related to the erosion of borders and industry globalization, this e-learning cooperative program offers a master’s in internationalization of public administration.

GlobalMPA is a public management/public policy program based on private sector MBAs for officials who manage the interface between national and international policy. The program examines the effect of internationalization on national and international policy officials, how internationalization trends affect national administrations, and the management challenges of international policy making.

“The new GlobalMPA is an excellent example for the international cooperation now being sought by the president and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice,” says Jim Riggle, research instructor for the Mason Enterprise Center and codirector of the program. “We need to recognize that books are every bit as important as bullets and bombs in improving security and expanding democracy.”

Spread over a two-year period and conducted on a part-time basis, the program utilizes distance-learning methods based on team teaching and combined with regular work. The program consists of 17 study hours per week, 10 modules of 150 hours, a job-related capstone project (thesis), and three residential weeks. Completion of the program results in international accreditation and recognition equal to 60 European credits or 36 U.S. credit points.

In addition to George Mason, educational institutions included in the consortium are the Netherlands School of Public Administration, Open University (Netherlands), Erasmus University (Netherlands), United Nations University, UNU-CRIS (Belgium), Leiden University (Netherlands), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), and The Ohio State University.

The GlobalMPA audience is midlevel officials working in national, regional, or local government and public sector institutions. Individuals working in international organizations and those working in private sector organizations that are increasingly experiencing the need to develop generic public sector management and public affairs competencies may also apply.

For entry requirements, information on consortium members, and to apply online, visit the web site.

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