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Northwestern’s graduate MPPA degree can be earned online or on campus (with related video)


As part of Govpro’s series on master’s degree programs and their value to government administrators, here is some information the Master of Arts in Public Policy & Administration (MPPA) degree program at Chicago-based Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies.

The MPPA program is designed for current and aspiring leaders in fields like health care, monetary policy and municipal government who are motivated to apply systemic thinking and pragmatic solutions to shape policies that deliver positive impact. Students can pursue the program in a fully online format and through evening courses on Northwestern's Chicago campus.

Northwestern’s part-time MPPA degree program aims to provide students with the administrative and analytical competence, as well as leadership skills and theoretical background, to rise in the field and drive change at the local, national and international levels. The program encompasses specialized areas, including public administration, public policy, global policy, and health services policy. The school’s courses are guided by the fact that policy challenges are fluid, interconnected and global. The program works to give students an understanding of this complexity and learn to think across diverse groups and boundaries.

Here are the views of Bill Lester, Faculty Director for the MPPA program.

Govpro: What are some features of Northwestern’s MPPA offering?

Bill Lester: The MPPA degree provides more coverage of the policy and administrative environment and how they do interact. Also, we offer specializations that allow more focused studies: public policy, public administration, global policy, and health services policy (on-campus). Our program offers unique opportunities that combine world-class expertise in faculty, top students, and a flexible learning environment.

Govpro: Is 2013 a good time to earn an MPA for government administrators and others?

BL: We live in an increasingly networked and collaborative world. Higher education helps us all to stay connected to new and productive thinking. While this applies to everyone, government administrators have unique challenges that are addressed in a MPPA program like ours. Those who continue to learn will be the best administrators.

Govpro: Does Northwestern have any advice for Govpro visitors on choosing the right graduate degree program?

BL: There are certainly many very good programs around. The MPPA program at Northwestern University is certainly one of those programs. It is important to find well qualified and respected faculty who combine both theory and practice in the classroom. A solid track record of accomplishment from graduates is also an important indicator. It is also important to match program offerings with the educational needs of students. Also, the student needs to consider geographic location for on-ground instruction. However, many programs, like ours at Northwestern University, allow for an online environment that maintains the highest academic standards.

Thank you, Bill Lester.

This link takes you to highlights of the MPPA program. Go here for additional information on the program.

After spending their first night on campus, the Northwestern Class of 2016 joined their parents for the fourth annual "March Thru the Arch." Here’s the video.

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