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 and reliable public service at national and international levels.
Program Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Сomprehend policy contexts;
- Apply analytical and research skills;
- Behave professionally;
- Utilize policy expertise;
- Communicate effectively;
- Apply theory and identify knowledge-based solutions.
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 Singapore 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.
Singapore Component 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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