Program Director and Academic Advisor of the International MPA program: Doctor Valerie Isaak
Taught in English over one year from March through February (spring semester, summer semester and winter semester in the following year).
The international MPA program provides a specialization in Public Administration, Public Management and Policy Studies, which will prepare students to direct policymaking and manage public organizations in a changing and uncertain environment where economic, social and political dynamics constantly influence the daily operation of governments.
The program establishes the theoretical foundations for policy analysis and understanding the operative rationales of public organizations, focusing on professional tools to analyze and manage these areas. The program offers advanced tools for decision making and policy design; analyzing political-economy dynamics both locally and globally; strategic management in the complex and uncertain environment; analyzing international policies; developing leadership and innovation in public organizations; analyzing the tensions between values such as ethical behavior, procedural justice, accountability and responsibility, economic equality and efficiency. Many of these tools and areas interact with each other and hence the program emphasizes an integrative approach that allows students to choose appropriate means to handle situations from a rich and diverse toolbox.