Northern Virginia Public Service Fellows Master in Public Administration (MPA)
The Northern Virginia Public Service Fellows Program is an exclusive Masters degree for employees of local government agencies. It focuses on politics, public policy and management, integrated with analytic thinking, problem solving and communication skills. The fellows work together to conduct research and create resources that are free of charge and valuable to the governments of Northern Virginia and beyond.
Twenty-five mid-career government employees from various Northern Virginia towns and counties are selected each year to apply and participate. Students go through the program as a cohort, taking two courses in both the fall and spring semesters and one course in the summer, and complete the program in two-and-a-half years.
Master of Science in Organization Development & Knowledge Management (ODKM)
Learn to lead change in complex organizations. The Schar School’s ODKM program is the only graduate program in the country that develops organizational development and knowledge management competencies in one degree. You will explore organizational leadership theory and practice, the shift from hierarchical structures to group-based learning, and best practices to promote the creation of adaptive, collaborative work environments. As a result, you will develop the capacity to evaluate, affect, and manage change in government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations undergoing rapid changes.
ODKM is a 36- to 39-credit executive format program. Students work in teams and complete most of the courses in sequence. The second academic year includes an action learning component, in which participants undertake projects in organizations and apply research methods. Overall, the process and methods of evaluation stress the cumulative development of competencies and the capacity to apply the insights gained.