The Master of Public Administration (MPA) prepares students for careers in public service and non-governmental organizations. The degree provides current and prospective public service professionals with technical, administrative and policy analysis skills needed for management and analytics positions in government and non-governmental organizations. Students are given broad exposure to the field in core coursework, and the opportunity to develop expertise within one of two concentration tracks: Non-Governmental Organizations, and Administrative Development .
The MPA program mission is to prepare current and prospective public service professionals to lead organizations in an ethical, transparent and competent manner. The MPA program embraces principles of equality, effectiveness, representation and justice in its curriculum as well as in its student and faculty recruitment. The MPA program provides exceptional education to Qatari and Arab individuals committed to making a positive difference in their communities, and it equips its graduates with critical thinking skills to govern and make decisions using empirical research. The MPA program also aspires to improve both Arabic and English knowledge production in public affairs.
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The MPA 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:
MPA 610 Introduction to Citizenship, Governance and Public Administration
MPA 612 introductory statistics with Applications
MPP 611 Public Policy Analysis and Formulation
MPA 613 Public Budgeting and Finance
MPA 614 Public Human Resource Management
MPA 616 Public Leadership, Change and Conflict Management
MPA 618 Research Methods in Public Administration
MPA 619 Strategic Management for Public sector and NGOs
And one core course with Zero credits hours as follows:
- MPA 002 English for Public Administration
B. Concentration Tracks (15 Credits)
MPA students may specialize in any one of two offered concentration tracks by completing 15 credits in the following areas:
No Concentration Track
Students selects 6 credits hours from DI course work and 9 credits hours from the program.
C. Capstone Research (3 Credits)
Upon completion of the MPA program, graduates will obtain a "Master of Public Administration."
Graduates of this program will acquire the knowledge and skills towards the following careers:
Government and semi-government offices
Contracting and procurement
Human resource management
Financial, economic, and administrative development