The School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) have established a master of public administration dual degree program that combines a rigorous academic education with practical experience in solving real-world problems. The program will offer students intensive interaction with governmental and international organizations in the United States and the United Kingdom. This is the first dual degree program between Columbia and LSE.
The program was formally launched on Sept. 17 with a roundtable discussion covering three topics -- privatization, the environment and immigration -- on the Columbia campus. The roundtable featured faculty from SIPA and LSE.
"This program offers students unrivaled experience in two of the world's leading cities as well as expert teaching from the internationally renowned faculty of two premier educational institutions," said SIPA Dean Lisa Anderson.
"The MPA is an exciting new opportunity to train talented individuals who will drive public policy. We believe this new MPA will offer professional expertise and techniques of analysis that use rigorous methods rooted in economics but also take account of international, political, social, and cultural factors," said Professor Patrick Dunleavy, LSE MPA program director.
The 21-month program, the LSE-SIPA Dual Master of Public Administration, begins in the fall 2003. It will include a full academic year of study at SIPA and a full academic year of study at LSE. Applicants apply to either LSE or SIPA for their first year. They may apply to pursue the dual MPA once they have been accepted at either institution or during the fall semester of their first year.
In the first year of study, students take core courses covering essential areas of policymaking, including economic analysis and quantitative methods. Second-year students' work includes a chosen area of concentration. LSE areas of concentration include welfare state policies, the European Union and management of organizations. At SIPA concentrations include city management and urban affairs, health policy, and science and technology policy.
Students finishing their second year of the dual degree program at LSE complete a 15,000-word dissertation, which focuses on a specific area of public policy application. Those completing their second year at SIPA take part in a public policy clinic, a two-semester course that includes working with faculty and practitioners to design and implement policy-relevant research projects.
The New York Times' Bulletin Board reported on the establishment of the program on Sept. 18, 2002 (third item).