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Master's degree

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Focus and Rationale

The Master’s Degree Program provides intensive training in advanced analytical tools for the design and evaluation of public policy, as well as advanced managerial skills required in the successful administration of public agencies, organizations, and social enterprises. This highly advanced professional program also incorporates a detailed assessment of the nature, means, and venues through which specific ethical principles affect decision-making processes and the formation of developmental preferences.

Audience and Goals

The Master’s Degree Program is designed for young professionals and students with a completed undergraduate degree, who have a vocation to and seek a career in public service with a focus on poverty alleviation and international development. The Master’s Degree emphasizes a rigorous and extensive training in the tools and skills required to implement effective public policies in less developed communities, countries, and regions. Given this emphasis, the Master’s Program grants special priority to candidates from such areas. Furthermore, given its foundational training in applied ethical and moral values, admission to the Master’s Degree greatly favors candidates with prior involvement in community service.

The Master’s Degree aims to train the next generations of public servants in less developed countries in the most advanced tools for policy analysis and implementation, as well as skills for public management. This highly advanced professional instruction incorporates a solid ethical framework in order to address the pressing needs of poverty and inequality with integrity and efficiency.

Advantages and Benefits

The Master’s Degree Program attracts candidates with vocation for public service and sensitivity to local and national conditions of inequality. The Program prepares its students as agents to promote sustainable change and enhance general levels of well-being and development of their fellow citizens. The Master’s program trains like-minded candidates in teams sharing the same geopolitical or developmental interests.  Advanced in the students' countries and regions, this Program provides instruction in cutting-edge analytical tools and managerial skills as taught at top academic institutions around the world, but with substantially lower tuition, travel and living expenses. The unique integration of excellence, integrity and readiness provided by the Master’s Degree Program equips students for a life of public service devoted to addressing the most pressing material and moral needs of their communities, regions, or countries.  

Course Focus and Methodological Approach

The main courses of the Master’s Degree Program build advanced analytical tools for the analysis and evaluation of efficient public policies, as well as managerial, organizational, and communicational skills effective in the management of public organizations. Based on case studies drawn from global lessons, the Program's hands-on practical exercises build key tools and skills for the analysis and implementation of public policies according to real-world needs. This advanced professional training also incorporates a multidisciplinary assessment of Biblical principles and their effects on complex decision-making processes and preference formation associated with increased levels of individual well-being as well as socioeconomic and institutional development.

The Master’s Degree Program groups a maximum of 15 students into teams sharing the same geopolitical or public policy interests, in line with the characteristic methodology used in all WISPAD’s programs. At any given time, the Master’s Program may train more than one team in same analytical tools or managerial skills.

Master’s Degree Duration and Beginning of Classes

Designed as a two-year program, the Master’s Degree is projected to initiate operations in the fall semester of 2017. WISPAD is currently developing the Degree’s curricular structure according to geopolitical and developmental needs, as well as its certification in line with U.S. norms and regulations.