Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies (SCS) has created an alliance with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to provide scholarships to eligible federal employees across the country.
This partnership is the latest example of SCS’s legacy of collaboration with the Federal Government and its workforce. In 2013, during the 16-day Federal Government furlough, the School opened its doors to more than 500 federal employees and contractors. Nineteen courses were offered over the course of the government shutdown in subjects such as project management, leadership development, healthcare, and social media. During the recent presidential transition, the School facilitated a custom program for President Obama’s executive-branch staffers to help them reflect, evaluate, and prepare for career changes in 2017.
Through this collaboration with OPM, SCS recognizes a federal workforce not only in the D.C. area, but also around the country. In addition to a range of on-campus certificate, Master of Professional Studies (MPS), and Executive Master of Professional Studies (EMPS) programs, the OPM scholarship will also apply to the School’s growing number of programs that are available in online formats.
Additionally, in response to the new Program Management and Improvement Accountability Act, which will enhance accountability and best practices in project and program management throughout the Federal Government, Georgetown SCS is building a center of excellence in project management, offering two distinct programs for various experience levels: a Professional Certificate in Project Management and a master's in Project Management.
“We are proud to expand and enhance the ability for qualified federal employees to access a world-class Georgetown education,” said Kelly Otter, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Continuing Studies. “Federal employees bring a broad and rich perspective to the classroom which complements the skills and knowledge of students working in other sectors. It is my hope that this agreement will expand educational opportunity for talented civil servants.”
Alliance with OPM
Program participants will be eligible for a 10 percent scholarship applied to the current tuition rate for all SCS degree programs and professional certificate programs each academic semester. The discount applies for all Master of Professional Studies and Executive Master of Professional Studies programs; the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, and Doctor of Liberal Studies program; and non-credit professional certificates.
The School of Continuing Studies currently offers 14 Master of Professional Studies programs in diverse focus areas, such as Project Management, Technology Management, and Urban & Regional Planning. Students may enroll on either a full-time or part-time basis and many of these programs are available online. Additionally, the School offers three Executive Master of Professional Studies degrees in Emergency & Disaster Management, Global Strategic Communications, and Program & Portfolio Management.