MBA students at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in Ann Arbor can earn a master of public administration under a new partnership announced today with one of Latin America’s top business schools.
The dual-degree program, which begins in August, is designed for students in the one-year MBA section with exemplary English-language skills at the INCAE Business School in Costa Rica. The students will be admitted jointly by the Ford School and INCAE.
“This new program is tremendously exciting,” says Susan Collins, dean of the Ford School. “It will strengthen our connections in Latin America, bring talented students to our classrooms, and eventually create new internship and career opportunities.”
Collins says participating students will spend a year at INCAE studying cases and developing tools for management and leadership as well as gaining a perspective on doing business in Latin America. After successfully completing INCAE’s program, they will move to the Ford School to take public policy courses augmented by a few courses from other programs at U-M.
About 25 percent of the Ford School’s graduate student body comes from abroad. Last year, graduate students included mid-career government officials, Fulbright scholars, and Ford Foundation Fellows from Colombia, Hong Kong, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and Uganda.
“This dual degree presents a unique opportunity for INCAE to maximize its impact in the region through the alignment of best practices of our alumni in the field of management in the private sector and public sector,” says Luis Umaña Timms, executive director of INCAE’s MBA program.
INCAE was founded in 1964 by Harvard University with six Central American countries (Panamá, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador). It has a campus in Costa Rica and another one in Nicaragua.