The Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and HEC Paris are launching a new dual degree 2-year MBA-MPA program aimed at helping young and mid-career professionals in the public or private sectors develop leadership and management capabilities.
Participants will have the option of spending the first year at HEC and the second at Sciences Po or the other way around. During the program, they will complete the entire one-year MPA and spend one-year at HEC, instead of 18 months. The last MBA semester is validated via recognition of the modules completed within the MPA, the business school said in a statement
The MBA-MPA would enable participants to develop skills in advanced policy analysis and strategic vision. The graduates, with their detailed knowledge of both the public and the private sectors, will be able to embark on careers at the interface between those sectors and to fully apprehend the issues of regulation.
“There is an ever-expanding need for those working in both the public and private sectors to fully understand both sides and this dual degree will arm students with the skills necessary to succeed,”
“Modern society is increasingly characterised by the interaction of the public and private sector. Policy makers and civil servants need to understand how the private sector functions – and to learn from private sector how to run public sector more efficiently and effectively,” Sergei Guriev, MPA scientific counsellor, professor of Economics at Sciences Po, said.
“At the same time, corporate leaders’ success depends on the political and social processes that underpin current regulations – as well as forthcoming formal and informal constraints and opportunities for business. Our dual degree program with HEC is to leverage the strengths of France’s leading business school and public policy school to train future leaders for both public and private sector for France, Europe and the world,” Guriev, who is also Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), pointed out.
“We are very pleased to introduce the new MBA-MPA dual degree program. This fellowship offers the opportunity for students who want a more customised approach that combines leadership and management skills with public administration,” Andrea Masini, Associate Dean, HEC Paris MBA, said.
“There is an ever-expanding need for those working in both the public and private sectors to fully understand both sides and this dual degree will arm students with the skills necessary to succeed,” she added.
Applications for the MBA are currently open for the 2017 session. MPA applications will open in October of this year for the 2018 intake. These applications are to be conducted separately, HEC said.
Sciences Po and HEC Paris had, in 2008, created a dual degree in corporate and public management for students in initial training.