MASTER IN PUBLIC POLICY
Master in Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year full-time program launched in 2013.
The mission of MPP program is to prepare a new generation of progressive policy professionals to provide efficient, effective, sustainable and reliable public service at national and international levels.
GSPP provides grants, covering tuition fees and a monthly stipend for students of 125,000 KZT in our Master’s programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the program, graduates will have the ability to:
- Lead and manage in public governance;
- Participate in and contribute to the policy process;
- Analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions;
- Articulate and apply a public service perspective; and
- Communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.
Professional competency: In addition, the program will ensure that students learn to apply their education, such as through experiential exercises and interactions with practitioners across the broad range of public affairs, administration, and policy professions and sectors.
MPP students can choose to specialize in one of 3 tracks (economic policy, international political economy or public governance) to enhance their career prospects.
The program structure includes the following key components:
- Orientation Week. It is the first week in MPP program. The purpose is to prepare students for the program, and forge bonds among them as classmates. Before arriving for the Orientation Week, students must have submitted all required documents and have completed any pre-assigned work.
- Core Courses – courses that all students are required to complete within the program.
- Elective Courses – six courses that MPP program students can select from among alternatives. Elective courses are subject to change as they are based on students’ interests/preferences, faculty availability and program design.
- Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) with Overseas Component
The PAE, a capstone project, is a public policy study, normally completed for a client or target organization. It requires students to define and analyze an actual public policy issue so that the students develop confidence and competence in meeting the professional demands they will subsequently face. In completing the PAE, students must be prepared to define and structure the problem, organize data, define, and carry out analyses of the issue and conclude with specific action recommendations as part of a clear and persuasive written report.
Overseas Component (currently in Singapore) normally takes place at the end of the first academic year (Summer semester), where students learn about Singapore’s approaches in long-term urban planning and economic development through lectures and learning journeys, reflect on the lessons learnt, and whether/how they could be applied or adapted to the context of Kazakhstan. This can be particularly useful for students who are working on their PAE projects.
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