November 7, 2011

Krieger School launches master of arts degree in public management

The Johns Hopkins University has launched a master of arts degree in public management. Based at the university’s Washington DC Center, the part-time graduate program combines rigorous academics and strategic skills to meet the challenges of government and policymaking in the 21st century. The curriculum is designed for working professionals in the government and nonprofit sectors.

The program is now accepting applications for its inaugural class, which will begin its studies in January 2012. The program will be offered through the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences’ Advanced Academic Programs.

“At a time when governments and nonprofits at all levels are expected to do more with less, good management is essential,” said Paul Weinstein Jr., director of the Public Management Program. “The program will empower students to think strategically as they analyze and solve problems, and will also educate them in the fundamentals of sound public management.”

Weinstein served as chief of staff to the White House Domestic Policy Council and as senior adviser for policy planning to Vice President Al Gore. From 2001 to 2008, he was chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute and chief analyst at Promontory Interfinancial Network. Most recently, he served as senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

The public management master’s degree consists of 11 graduate courses and one capstone project. Core courses include Proseminar: Essentials of Public and Private Management, Public Policy Analysis and the Policy Process, Financial Management and Analysis in the Public Sector and Economics for Public Decision Making.

The new program is part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Advanced Governmental Studies.

“With today’s focus in government on greater fiscal management and careful oversight, Johns Hopkins saw the need to create a public management program to enable students to develop and fine-tune the skills needed to navigate the policymaking, implementation and evaluation processes,” said Kathy Wagner, director of the center.

For more about the degree program, go to or contact Paul Weinstein at or 202-663-5923.