The Master of Public Policy (MPP) prepares students to work in governmental agencies, community organizations, politics, and international organizations. The degree provides current and prospective public policy professionals with academic and technical knowledge and policy analysis skills needed for public policy analysis and policy making in the  State of Qatar and the Arab world. Students are given broad exposure to the field in core coursework, and are given the opportunity to develop expertise within one of three specializations: Education Policy, Health Policy and Energy and Sustainable Development .

 the MPP program mission is to equip Qatari and Arabic-Speaking students with necessary skills for careers in policy-making and analysis. The MPP program embraces values of social equity, effectiveness,  justice, sustainable development and ethical stewardship in its curriculum, faculty recruitment and student admission. The program trains its students in empirical and analytical skills to facilitate policy decisions locally and regionally. The MPP program also aspires to contribute to policy research in Arabic and English.

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Program Structure

The MPP program comprises 42 credits hours taken over 4 semesters, as follows:

  • Program Core Compulsory Courses: 24 credits
  • Elective/concentration track courses: 15 credits
  • Capstone Research: 3 credits

Students with less than two years of work experience in public service (government or non-profit sector) will be required to enroll​ in a zero-credits "Compulsory Public Service Internship". This course MPA 001 Internship is for pre-service students only.​


A.     Program Core Compulsory Courses (24 Credits)

Students are expected to complete 8 courses of 3 credits each as follows:

  • MPP 612 Introductory Statistics with Applications
  • MPA 610 Introduction to Citizenship, Governance, and Public Administration
  • MPP 611 Public Policy Analysis and Formulation
  • MPA 613 Public  Budgeting and Finance
  • MPP 615 Economics For Policy Analysis
  • MPP 617 Research Methods for Public Policy 
  • MPP 619 Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis
  • MPP 621 Comparative Public Policy
And one core course with Zero credits hours as follows:
  • MPP 002 English for Public Policy

B.     Concentration Tracks (15 Credits)

MPP students may specialize in any one of three offered concentration tracks by completing 15 credits in the following areas:

  • Education Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Energy and Sustainable Development 

NO Concentration Tracks

Student selects 6 credits hours from DI course work and 9 credits hours from the program.

C.     Capstone Research (3 Credits)

  • MPP 698 Capstone Research

Career Destinations

Upon completion of the MPP program, graduates will obtain a "Master of Public Policy.

Graduates of this program will acquire the knowledge and skills towards the following careers:

  • Government Administration/Management
  • Non-Profit management
  • Legislative staff
  • Minister's office staff
  • Lobbyist
  • International organizations staff
  • Management analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Survey research
  • Strategic planner