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Mason Fellows are enrolled in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) Program and simultaneously participate in a year-long co-curricular program. Participation in the co-curricular program is a requirement for the Mason Fellows and culminates with the award of the Mason Certificate in Public Policy and Management at the end of the year in addition to the MPA.
The Mason seminars complement the MC/MPA Program by exposing Mason Fellows to the ideas and strategies of leading thinkers and practitioners in economic, political, and social development.
The Mason co-curricular program begins with an intensive program in late June/early July 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 Harvard Kennedy School.
During the academic year, the co-curricular program continues with seminars 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. 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.
In past years, the Seminar has included conversations with noted Harvard faculty members such as Joseph Nye, Merilee Grindle, Calestous Juma, Lawrence Summers, Bryan Hehir and Ricardo Hausmann. It has also included conversations with practitioners such as Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia (Mason Fellow 1971); Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Kemal Dervis, UNDP Administrator; Soedradjad Djiwandono, former Governor, Central Bank of Indonesia; and Joseph Stiglitz, Former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank.
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.