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Columbia University

Early in 1991, the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee endorsed an initiative of the World Bank's Economic Development Institute to add a variation to the conventional JJ/WBGSP. Under this Program, about 15 scholars would be concentrated at a university located close to the World Bank headquarters for intensive studies leading to a master's degree related to the fields of Economic Policy and Management.

Columbia University

Columbia University in New York was selected by competitive bidding as the cooperating institution for this program.

Columbia developed a new Program, the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM). PEPM is specifically designed to meet the needs of mid-career professionals from developing countries who wish to broaden their knowledge and awareness of effective management tools and gain specialized training in the practical aspects of policy making.


Eleven courses form the nucleus of the one-year academic segment of this program. A three-month internship follows, and is an integral part of the academic program. Upon successful completion of the program, scholars receive a Master's degree in Public Administration from Columbia University.

The academic program is preceded by a required introductory summer preparatory session that emphasizes language and mathematical skills, computing, accounting and statistics.

The regular academic program includes three core courses that span two semesters: microeconomics policy management, macroeconomics policy management, and management skills for policy makers. The courses are based on an analysis of case studies and real-world economic policy issues. Additional perspective courses provide a broad understanding of the nature of development in a global economy.

Eligibility criteria

The basic eligibility criteria are the same as those for the Regular Program. In addition, applicants must meet Columbia University's own admission requirements, such as successful achievement on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Application process

Each year, Columbia receives tens of applications for the PEPM. The Columbia faculty screens the applications and nominates about 30 candidates for consideration by the JJ/WBGSP Steering Committee. From this group of nominees, the Steering Committee selects 15 candidates for financial support under JJ/WBGSP. 

Composition of the applicant pool and scholars group

The JJ/WBGSP scholars in the Columbia Program are selected in accordance with the JJ/WBGSP policy of achieving gender and geographic balance. The breakdown of the first six PEPM applicant groups and JJ/WBGSP-funded scholars by gender and home region indicates that the patterns are similar to those for the JJ/WBGSP Regular Program. About 18 percent of the applicants are female. The largest number of applicants comes from the Africa Region, and the second largest group comes from the South Asia Region. The JJ/WBGSP does not support applicants from industrialized countries in the PEPM.

Contact Information:

Program in Economic Policy Management
Columbia University in the City of New York
1034 International Affairs Building
Mail Code 3332
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027

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