George Mason University

The Department’s undergraduate and graduate students receive unparalleled educational and internship opportunities. George Mason’s close proximity to the nation’s capital provides a wide array of settings, while our curriculum prepares students for positions of leadership in government, public agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector.
The Department is home to nationally recognized biodefense, political science and public administration programs and many world-renowned faculty who are experts in their field. The Department’s students’ internship and post-graduate experiences include placement in offices of the federal government, private contracting firms, international organizations, embassies, political campaigns, and lobbying or nonprofit organizations.

The Department’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is designed for people who hold or aspire to hold leadership positions in organizations that participate in the development and implementation of public policy. The mission of the MPA program is to give graduate students the opportunity to build their knowledge of politics, policy, and management and to enhance their analytic, problem solving, and communication skills. MPA students choose an established concentration or, with advisor approval, create a specialized concentration from other departments and schools within the university.

Paul L. Posner is the founding partner of the CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government responsible for coordinating CGI Initiative research projects under grants to George Mason University. Mr. Posner is Director of the Public Administration Program at George Mason University. Formerly, he served with the U.S. Government Accountability Office where he was Managing Director for Federal Budget and Intergovernmental Issues for many years. At GAO, he led the agency’s work on the long term federal budget outlook and emerging challenges for public sector finances at federal, state and local governments.

Dr. Posner has published articles on intergovernmental and budget issues in various academic journals and is the author of The Politics of Unfunded Mandates published by Georgetown University Press in 1998. He received PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and was elected a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. He is the most recent winner of the James Blum Award presented by AABPA for exceptional leadership in public budgeting. He has been elected to the leadership of the American Society for Public Administration, and will become its President in 2009.

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