MASTER IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

The Master in Public Administration (MPA) is a program which is designed for professionals seeking rigorous education and training in public administration. It will give students a strong foundation in policy formulation, analysis and implementation as well as in policy and program evaluation. GSPP expects its graduates to serve in a wide range of middle to senior-level positions in public and private sectors as well as international and non-profit organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
  1. utilize theories, research and leadership skills to examine a wide variety of private and public problems;
  2. analyse and evaluate how the network of agencies is organized and the interrelationships between private, public and non-profit organizations;
  3. analyse the impact of social, economic, political forces on private, public and non-profit institutions;
  4. develop management strategies, and maintain professional and ethical integrity;
  5. utilize the knowledge of financial, legal, marketing, and human resource issues of organizations;
  6. use information technology to improve organizational management and administration;
  7. evaluate, interpret and communicate information;
  8. develop problem solving and critical thinking skills.
MPA Program at NUGSPP allows students to earn their degree while retaining their jobs, staying on their career trajectories, and enhancing their professional network locally. The schedule implies Friday evenings and Saturdays learning format designed to fit the lifestyle helping students to integrate their studies with personal and/or professional responsibilities. MPA students will have a variety of elective courses, including access to Master in Public Policy (MPP) courses.

The curriculum focuses on enhancing ability of students to critically review research and to develop detailed policy responses to multidimensional issues as well as understand different levels of governance, from global to local. The curriculum comprises core modules, electives and Master’s project.

MPA curriculum The curriculum comprises 5 core modules, 5 electives and a Master’s Project with an overseas component. Each core/elective module equals to 8 ECTS credits, the Master’s Project is worth 12 ECTS. The total number of credits in the program is 92 ECTS.

Term 1

Core modules:

MPA 602 – Public Administration in Theory and Practice

MPA 603 – Economic Applications for Public Managers

MPA 605 – Research Methods for Decision Making

Term 2

Core modules:

MPA 607 – Accountability, Financial and Performance Management

MPA 608 – Strategic Management and Leadership

Elective 1

Term 3 (Summer)

Elective 2

Term 4

Elective 3
Elective 4
Elective 5
Master’s Project with an overseas component

MPA 602 – Public Administration in Theory and Practice

The module examines public administration from a standard perspective, and provides students with an understanding of the practice of public administration. Combining historical, contextual and theoretical perspectives, this module gives students a truly comprehensive overview of the discipline and focuses on the practical implications of public administration theory.

MPA 603 – Economic Applications for Public Managers

This module will focus on applications of the principles and concepts of microeconomic theory to public sector management decisions and policy analysis. This is a module that is designed to help current and prospective professional managers and practitioners in the public, private and non-profit sectors address real-world issues and problems from an economic perspective.

MPA 605 – Research Methods for Decision Making

This module is designed to familiarize students with various research methods in applied public policy settings, ethical principles, and steps involved in crafting a research methodology. The design and implementation of research methods is contextualized in current policy issues and takes into account the practical constraints of the real world. Topics covered include sampling methods, both quantitative and qualitative; focus groups; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; data analysis; and research report writing. The quality of the research will be discussed, including the soundness of the design, methods of data collection, methods of data analysis, and the tenability of the conclusions drawn from evidence.

MPA 607 – Accountability, Financial and Performance Management

Upon completion of this module, students will have a good understanding of the roles and responsibilities related to governments’ financial accountability and the tools used, as well as market failures, population ageing, inequality, budgeting and revenue administration.

MPA 608 – Strategic Management and Leadership

The module is designed to expose students to foundational theories, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and public strategies. Students will examine various theoretical constructs as a means of becoming more aware of their own leadership styles, and apply strategic models to improve leadership and management skills in others. Students will identify and apply strategic models to analyze public problems, formulate strategic solutions, and make sound decisions.

Master’s project

It is an exercise in which students will be able to apply all knowledge and skills gained during the MPA program including defining and structuring the problem, organizing data, defining and carrying out analysis of the issue, coming up with specific action recommendations, and to defend their findings publicly.

The Thesis is an opportunity for students to focus on a policy problem of their own preference in greater depth than is available in a classroom setting.