The School of Public Administration and Development Economics offers three master-level degree programs: a Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPA), an Executive Master of Public Administration and Policy (EMPA) and a Master of Development Economics (MDE). The School also offers Doha Institute graduate students specialization tracks in four areas: International Cooperation, Non-Governmental Organizations, Public Policy and Executive Leadership.
Students who are not Doha Institute graduate students may also apply for one of four graduate certificates offered by the School: Graduate Certificate in International Cooperation, Graduate Certificate in Non-Governmental Organizations, Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.
To successfully complete the MPA program, a student is required to take a minimum of 36 credit hours. 24 of these credit hours are conferred for successfully completing a list of required courses. Students who do not have a minimum of two years of work experience prior to joining the Doha Institute will have the opportunity to complete a public service internship. The elective hours (12 credit hours) may be taken from a list of elective courses, or may be used to specialize in one of the specialization tracks offered by the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
Successful completion of the MDE program requires a minimum of 36 credit hours. 24 of these credit hours are granted for successfully completing a list of required courses (including a 6 credit hour thesis, or an alternative 6-credit capstone track). The rest (12 credit hours) may be taken from a list of elective courses, or may be used to specialize in one of the specialization tracks offered by the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies.
The Executive Masters of Public Administration and Policy (EMPA) program is geared toward executives and high-level government and non-profit sector employees. The program is designed to be finished in 17-20 months, where only 36 credit hours are required to graduate. EMPA applicants must have five to ten years of experience in the public or non-profit sectors and must have a minimum of three years at the middle-management or executive level. In addition, the major difference between the MPA and the EMPA is in the delivery system. Given that the participants in the EMPA are executives and senior managers dealing with time constraints, the delivery system is designed to minimize time away from work and home. Courses are offered in one afternoon per week. Executive MPA students also have the option of completing the Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership.