New online programme helps prepare professionals for 21st-century public administration complexities
London - 13 August, 2014 - Global demand is growing for highly qualified individuals who understand the complexities of 21st-century public administration, which include a range of challenges from transnational health epidemics to financial crises, as well as sweeping technological changes that are transforming the field. The University of Roehampton’s new fully online Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree programme has been developed to address the growing need for professionals who understand modern government when working in or with the public sector, and to offer individuals with the knowledge and expertise they need to advance their careers and increase their positive impact on public life.
“The world is evolving and governments are reinventing themselves, so it’s important to prepare public administration professionals for the imminent changes expected in the industry and help them succeed as professionals working at the centre of public policy,” says Dr Michele Lamb, head of the University of Roehampton’s Department of Social Sciences. “Building on Roehampton’s long tradition in the field of social justice, our current online MPA students will become future drivers of change and contribute to innovative policies whether they’re in government, non-profit (including non-governmental organisations) or private sector roles.”
The unique design of Roehampton’s online MPA programme employs an interdisciplinary approach in which students start by identifying their professional goals, which then act as guides for their educational journey as they learn about planning, delivering and evaluating public policy and services. Unlike some other MPA programmes that teach skills in isolation, Roehampton’s integrated model allows students to learn and apply core skills in areas such as strategic management, marketing, financial management, human resource management, ethics and leadership as they proceed through the public policy cycle.
In addition, Roehampton’s online MPA has a strong focus on international development. Students will study ways to improve people’s lives by critically reviewing various countries’ public policies and best practices with peers and faculty members from around the world who share different academic, cultural and industry perspectives. By the end of the programme, students should be prepared to address complex public challenges, understand their practice in context, and function effectively both as agents of change and as public servants implementing the decisions of others.
The MPA programme joins a growing portfolio of online masters degrees including a Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, Master of Arts in Inclusive Special Education, Master of Arts in Technology and Learning Design, Master of Business Administration (MBA), MSc in Project Management, MSc in Information Systems Management, MSc in Strategic Human Resource Management, MSc in Strategic Supply Chain Management and Master of Public Health (MPH).
Roehampton Online also recognises relevant work experience in place of a higher degree, such as a bachelors degree, as an alternative route to admission. Through these programmes, adult learners around the world can gain the critical thinking skills and practical knowledge they need to expand their expertise and advance their careers. In a collaborative online environment that fosters learning, students engage with a diverse global community through blogs, message boards and chat groups.
For more information on the University of Roehampton’s online masters programmes, please visit www.roehampton-online.com/programmes.
About the University of Roehampton, London Online
The University of Roehampton, London, has been providing quality education through its colleges for more than 170 years. The University has one of the most diverse communities of students in the UK and maintains a strong tradition of commitment to equality. Today, it continues this tradition of excellence by providing working professionals around the world with access to high-quality online masters degree programmes at an affordable price.
In partnership with online learning expert Laureate International Universities — a global network of high-quality, innovative, accredited institutions of higher education — the University of Roehampton, London Online connects a diverse community of adult learners through an engaging online learning experience. The University’s programmes are designed to enrich students’ knowledge and help them develop practical skills that can be applied in their jobs immediately and promote career advancement.