Rutgers-Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration in collaboration with Rutgers Center for Executive Leadership in Government is pleased to offer an Executive MPA Program. Courses are held at the Conference Center at Mercer (a resource offered by Mercer County Community College). View the directions to the Center.
This highly selective, 42-credit program targets mid- to upper-level managers possessing at least five years of administrative and/or managerial experience for executive leadership positions. The Executive MPA program admits students as a cohort with enrollment limited to 20 students per cohort. Courses are designed to develop and enhance students’ leadership, organizational, policy and public management skills. All classes are held on Saturday mornings, off-campus. The Saturday morning classes are augmented with a hybrid-learning format: course material is also offered on-line. Degree requirements can be completed in 24 months with one-week summer residencies offered over two summers. Additionally, up to nine credits may be awarded for professional experience.
- Public Management
- Leadership & Communication
- Foundations of Policy Analysis
- Human Resource Management
- Organizational Behavior
- Financial Management
- Law and Public Policy
- Public Information Systems
The deadline for January 2015 admission is December 19, 2014.
See here for admission requirements. Be sure to indicate in your personal statement that you are applying for the Executive MPA Program. See here for the application checklist, and here for the schedule of classes.
The EMPA program’s distinctive cohort model offers a supportive environment for returning students. Graduates of the program offer insight to the career impact the program provides.
Suggestions For New Students On How Best To Approach The Program
- Stay focused – frequently remind yourself why you joined the program (career advancement, personal growth etc.).
- Prepare for each class by reading the assigned chapters and additional readings (this will help with class participation which is a key component of each course).
- Make an effort to complete every assignment (threaded discussions, case studies, papers etc.). Spending the necessary time on assignments will come at the cost of missing out on some social events, but it is well worth it.
- Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor questions if you do not understand something. (Being sure of what is required of you saves you from spending time doing a project or assignment incorrectly.)
- Have a leader in your cohort – A group mother (or father) – this person will be the glue that binds everyone together in and outside the classroom.
- Develop a friendship with someone in your cohort (this should of course occur naturally). Hopefully this person will encourage you when you feel like giving up.
- Encourage yourself (no one can encourage you – like you can).