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Georgetown University Offers Tuition Benefits to Federal Employees

WASHINGTON, DC – 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 of Continuing Studies 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, health care, 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 the School’s collaboration with OPM, SCS recognizes a federal workforce not only in the D.C. area, but around the country. In addition to the range of on-ground certificate, Master of Professional Studies (MPS), and Executive Master of Professional Studies (EMPS) programs, the OPM scholarship is also available to eligible federal employees who enroll online.

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 three distinct programs for differing levels of experience: a professional certificate program, a master’s in project management, and an executive master’s in program & portfolio management. 

“We are proud to expand and enhance the ability for qualified federal employees to access a world-class Georgetown education,” says Kelly Otter, Ph.D., dean of the School of Continuing Studies. “Federal employees bring a broad and rich perspective to the classroom which compliments 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.

For more information about programs and admissions, visit: scs.georgetown.edu/opm-federal-scholarship-alliance.

About the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
Georgetown SCS programs combine theory with practice through rigorous curricula led by expert faculty, providing opportunities for students to excel academically and professionally. The School’s flexible program formats give students the opportunity to make learning work with their busy lives.

The mission of the School of Continuing Studies is to deliver a world-class education to a diverse array of communities and individuals throughout their academic and professional careers; to improve employability and develop workforces; and to contribute to building a civic-minded, well-informed and globally aware society.

About OPM
OPM’s mission is to Recruit, Retain and Honor a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American People. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve workforce performance.

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