Study Plan

Course Title 
Course Code
Credit Hours

First Semester​ ​

Introductory Statistics with Applications
MPA 612
​3 Credit Hours 
Introduction to Citizenship, Governance, and Public Administration 
​3 Credit Hours 
Public Policy Analysis and Formulation 
MPP 611
​3 Credit Hours 
English for Public Administration
​0 Credit Hours 

Semester​ ​

Public Human Resource Management 
MPA 614
3 Credit Hours
Research Methods in Public Administration
3 Credit Hours
Elective Course 
MPA xxx
3 Credit Hours
Elective Course
3 Credit Hours
Summer Semester
Public Service Internship  (Compulsory for 
students with no experience) 
3 Credit Hours

​Third Semester

Public Budgeting and Finance
MPA 613
​3 Credit Hours
Public Leadership, Change and Conflict Management
​3 Credit Hours
Strategic Management for Public Sector and NGOs
MPA 619
​​3 Credit Hours
Elective Course 

​3 Credit Hours

​Fourth Semester
​Elective Course MPAxxx
​​3 Credit Hours
​Elective Course MPAxxx
​​3 Credit Hours
​Capstone Research 
​MPA698​​3 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 

​ 42 Credit Hours 

 Core Courses

MPA 002 Academic Skills for Public Administration

This course is about improving English language competences of Master of Public ‎Administration students in the four main English language skills: academic writing, reading and understanding, listening and speaking. This course follows a “hybrid” approach using blended learning techniques that involve lectures, ‎student presentations, group discussions, research and virtual assignments. A proper design of this course, ‎along with careful selection of materials based on students’ needs is aimed to develop their ‎English language skills in addressing issues related to the better management of public sector organizations. This course is also designed to support ‎students’ learning in their other Public Administration courses.‎

MPA 619 Strategic Management in the Public Sector and NGOs

This course covers new public management and the strategic planning imperative, strategic management phases; strategy formulation, implementation and evaluation as applied to public organizations and NGOs that result in formulating strategic plans, it includes creating vision, mission, objectives and measures, executing strategic plans, and evaluating progress in the strategic management process.

MPA 698 Capstone Research

This concluding research uses case studies, management problem and strategic plan that require students to integrate and apply learning from all program courses and from their own professional experiences into a final written paper that deals with an issue or problem in public administration in the Arab world. The Capstone research will be integrated with the public service internship in one of the public agencies or non-profit organizations.

MPA 602 Public Service Internship

This course is designed to Students with less than two years of work experience in public service (governmental or non-governmental sector) and it gives students opportunity for supervised work in a public, quasi-public, or non-governmental organizations. It may include more than one placement, but the total of all placements should amount to a minimum of 200 hours of work experience. It should be undertaken after the completion of at least half of the compulsory courses in the school of public administration and Development Economics .Students should be asking for approval of MPA Program Head.

MPA 610 Introduction to Citizenship, Governance, and Public Administration

The course introduces students to the field of public administration, past, present and future, from a global as well as an Arab perspective. It covers concepts such as public sector management functions, structure and accountability systems, governance, citizenship, public service, administrative values, corruption and red tape in governmental and non-governmental entities in the Arab world. The seminar also deals with laws, ethical considerations, practices, and societal values and how they affect the governance of public service organizations in the Arab World and internationally.

MPP 611 Public Policy Analysis and Formulation

This course is an introduction to the methods and process of policy analysis dealing with issues of problem analysis, policy formation and evaluation. The course provides participants with a “tool kit” of practical methods for analyzing public policy issues. It focuses on policy research and modeling skill sets in considering complex, real-world issues involving multiple actors with diverse interests, information uncertainty, institutional complexity, and ethical controversy.

MPA 612 Introductory Statistics with Applications

This course aims at providing the students with the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and present data to practitioners and policy makers. The course will begin by providing a strategy for doing quantitative research. The topics include basic concepts in quantitative research, displaying data, describing data, relationships between variables, probability theory, statistical distributions and hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, bivariate regressions, goodness of fit, units of measurement and functional forms, and introduction to multiple regression. Although applications are integral part of the course, the specificity of the topics are left to the instructor to determine.

MPA 613 Public Budgeting and Finance

This course focuses on the public budgetary processes and methods, including line item budgeting, performance budgeting, program budgeting, and other types of budgeting schemes. The course also introduces students to issues of public finance including revenue generation and expenditure management and controls, as well as the politics of the budget process. The course will also introduce students to financial statements, special funds, debt financing and surplus management.

MPA 614 Public Human Resource Management

This course focuses on personnel and human resource management in the public and nonprofit sectors. The course covers major issues with human resource management such as compensation, recruitment, benefits, performance assessment, and other key skills needed to manage public service employees. Students will learn how and when to apply practical personnel management concepts and tools, critically examine current controversies in the field, and effectively manage human resources.

MPA 616 Public Leadership, Change and Conflict Management

This course examines issues of organizational behavior such as motivation, leadership, organizational structure, communication, collaboration and other issues of organizational development. The course focuses especially on issues of organizational leadership with an emphasis on different administrative leadership models. The course also focuses on issues of organizational change, learning organization and management of change.

MPA 618 Research Methods in Public Administration

This course guides students to apply the knowledge, skills, and values acquired in the core curriculum to a public policy or management problem. The active use and integration of material from core courses taught in the first year in public policy, public administration. Students will produce a research paper, which informs issues faced by public policy analysts and managers.