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.

Program Structure

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

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:

- Non-Governmental Organizations

- Administrative Development 


- No Concentration Track

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


C.     Capstone Research (3 Credits)

-  MPA 698 Capstone Research

Students with less than two years of work experience in public service (government or non-profit sector) will be required to enroll in (3 Credits), "Compulsory Public Service Internship". This course MPA 001 Internship is for pre-service students only.