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The Executive Master of Public Administration

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program of the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is designed for the experienced and ambitious professional, who is looking for a top-quality and practical graduate program, but cannot take the time off to pursue full-time study. Students who successfully complete all requirements of the program will be awarded the degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA).

The national need for trained policy analysts and public managers is a critical one, as public policy issues become larger and more complex. Common sense and intuition are inadequate guides in designing programs to address them. Professionals with broad training in policy analysis are able to break down highly complex problems into more manageable issues and specify the objectives to be achieved. They are also well suited to coordinate and implement coherent policy alternatives. Finally, individuals with professional training in public management are best equipped to implement successful cost-effective programs. The Executive MPA program at Columbia is deeply committed to preparing its graduates to play such leadership roles in public service.

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International Applicants
Working professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors from outside the United States can complete the program with the EMPA cohort at Columbia University in New York City.
Applying to the Program
Find out how to apply for the Executive MPA program.
The Executive MPA program trains professionals to be competent and sophisticated public managers by incorporating broad questions of public affairs and the specific analytic, managerial, and communication skills of management and policy analysis into the curriculum.
Meet the top scholars and practitioners who make SIPA's Executive MPA the ideal combination of theory and practical application.
Executive MPA students and alumni share a common commitment to serving the global public interest, but they come from and go on to a range of fields. See a selection of EMPA employers.
Tuition & Fees
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Financial Aid & Fellowships
Many sources of funding are available for EMPA students. Find out what your options are.
Alumni Forum
The EMPA Forum was founded in the spring of 2003 by several alumni and then by current students who wished to maintain contact with their classmates post-graduation, and to create an organization through which learning and the sharing of ideas could continue throughout their careers.
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