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The Mason Program is an intensive one-year course of study leading to the degree of Master in Public Administration. Mason Fellows are enrolled in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) and simultaneously participate in a year-long co-curricular program called the Mason Seminar.
The Mason Seminar complements the Mid-Career Master of Public Administration program by exposing Mason Fellows to the ideas and strategies of leading thinkers and practitioners in economic, political, and social development.
The Mason Seminar begins with a three-week intensive program in June focusing on leadership, strategic management, communication, and policy decision-making. This program, the Mason Fellows Summer Seminar, lays the foundation for the Mason Fellows’ experience at the Harvard Kennedy School.
During the academic year, the Seminar continues on a monthly basis with activities designed to enhance skills in strategic thinking, negotiation, and communication and to address the fundamental challenges of the coming century.
The Seminar program includes panel discussions and guest speakers, including current Mason Fellows and invited guests. The content of the program is determined by the program director and a steering committee of Mason Fellows based upon the experience and professional interests of the current class.
Mason Fellows are required to participate fully in the Mason Fellows Summer Seminar, the Mid-Career Summer Program, and two terms of full-time academic work in residence at HKS. As such, Mason Fellows are required to be in residence in Cambridge toward the end of June.