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Cornell University Cornell Brooks Public Policy


The MPA Program Colloquium is a sequence of courses designed to acclimate MPA students to workforce demands and cutting-edge perspectives from across the field of public affairs.

In the fall of their first year study, students enroll in PADM 5009: Career Management for Public Affairs, which provides an overview of the public affairs career landscape, as well as the career management tools (effective resumes, cover letters, interviewing, online reputation management, self assessment) required to succeed on the job market.

In the fall of their second year of study, MPA students enroll in PADM 5011: Perspectives on Public Affairs.  PADM 5011 is an engaging and interactive topical roundtable series facilitated by MPA Program alumni and professional partners around emerging public policy issues and challenges.

Both first and second-year MPA students enroll in PADM 5012 each spring.  A case-based, interactive seminar series, PADM 5012 encourages students to consider how public affairs challenges are resolved across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and work with peers to identify alternative decision options and resolutions.