The affiliation agreement between the two institutions will encourage and facilitate the enrollment of qualified H-SC students into CIPA, Cornell’s two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
"While CIPA provides exceptional training for leadership roles in the field of public affairs, two years is not a long time,” said CIPA Executive Director Thomas O’Toole, Ph.D. “It's therefore critical for us to recruit students from strong undergraduate institutions like Hampden-Sydney whose programs are compatible with the instruction and professional experience we offer at Cornell. I am very confident that this collaboration will yield the best of the best, in terms of those who are eager and prepared to solve some of the world's most difficult public affairs challenges."
In addition to an application fee waiver, students of various Wilson Center programs, including the Wilson Leadership Fellows Program and the College’s Leadership in the Public Interest and Military Leadership and National Security minors, will have the opportunity to interact with Cornell representatives at Hampden-Sydney each academic year to learn more about the MPA program and how best to position themselves for admission.
“We are thrilled to partner with Cornell University and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs,” said Ryan Pemberton, director of the Wilson Center. “CIPA is an exciting community of students dedicated to serving the common good at home and around the globe. The breadth and depth of the curriculum, the ability to conduct meaningful research, and the collegial nature of the student body make it an ideal place to do graduate work. I am confident our Wilson Center graduates who choose to study there will have a great experience as they prepare for careers and lives of consequence.”