The Picker Center for Executive education offers degree, certificate and customized courses for mid-career professionals and public servants from around the world.

Founded in 1999 by Dr. William B. Eimicke, a leading expert in public sector management, the Picker Center trains future leaders in the quantitative and qualitative skills needed to succeed. Its Executive Masters in Public Affairs (EMPA) offers a full MPA SIPA degree, in a format that allows working professionals to study while continuing in their jobs.

Its certificate and customized courses have been offered to senior managers from over 80 countries, and include courses with distinguished Columbia faculty both on location in NYC and at partner institutions around the world. Customized courses are available on issues that range from financial management in emerging markets, to leadership and strategic planning, to using “big data” in city management and sustainability studies. Many courses use exclusive SIPA audiovisual case studies, created as part of the Picker Center Case Collection, which provide students with in-depth looks into cases of public sector innovation from around the globe. Please click on buttons below to explore our course offerings, cases and other support services.