The Public Policy Program at Doha Institute is one of the academic programs in the school of public administration and development economics. The program brings about positive change in public sector governance and policy design in Qatar and the Arab world. The program aims to establish a new culture based on the analysis and evaluation of public policy reform agenda while adhering to the ethical principles of public service, social equality and diversity. This program is seeking, compared to other programs in the region, to promote public policy education and to improve the production of knowledge in this field in both Arabic and English.

For that purpose, the program offers in campus a range of courses including policy formulation and analysis methods, governance issues, budgeting and financial reform methods, qualitative and quantitative methods based on advanced research approaches and comparative case studies. To meet their personal and professional goals, students can study specialized key areas, align with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the international sustainable development goals, by enrolling in elective courses centered on education policy, health policy, energy policy and sustainable development.

  • Educational policy courses focus on explaining the importance of educational reform in the Arab world and how it is implemented and the challenges facing it. In addition, they develop practical skills in the field of quality in education and the importance of using modern technologies in education and conducting policies suited to conflict countries in the Arab world;

  • Health policy courses aim to enhance the basic understanding of challenges and ideas related to health policies in the Arab world. They will help students to analyze and identify the obstacles facing structuring and financing health organizations, to understand the factors influencing the formation of health policy and to formulate an integrated health policy in the Arab world.

  • Energy and sustainable development courses focus on the current energy policy in the Arab world and the new challenges about the depletion of natural resources imposed by climate change and its effects on the Arab region. They will help students to think about alternative sources of energy and provide skills in the fields of governance of change in energy sources and financing the alternative energy plan.

The program embraces the core public service values of equity, effectiveness, diversity, integrity, collaboration and excellence in its curricula, student admission and faculty recruitment. Since the program's inception, it managed to attract a total number of 66 female and male students from a number of Arab countries.

Mission and Program goals

The Master of Public Policy program seeks to prepare graduates to work in governmental and non-governmental agencies, and international organizations by providing current students and promising public policy officers with academic knowledge and technical skills to formulate, analyze and evaluate public policies in the State of Qatar and the Arab world. In addition, the program equips its students with skills in research methods development, and effective communication in Arabic and English. The MPP program contributes to knowledge in Arabic and English through producing innovative policy-oriented research relevant to the Arab region. The program embraces the core public service values of equity, effectiveness, diversity, integrity, collaboration and excellence in its curricula, student admission and faculty recruitment.


The program's learning outcomes:

  1. - Work in collaborative & team- oriented environments

  2. - Understand the principles, challenges and opportunities facing public policy makers

  3. - Analyze and solve policy problems using empirical methods

  4. - Communicate in writing with multiple and diverse audiences

  5. - Communicate verbally with multiple and diverse audiences

  6. - Understand different budget processes and reforms

  7. - Create financial statements according to international principles

  8. - Apply ethical criteria for making policy decisions

  9. - Apply and appreciate economic principles

  10. - Appreciate diversity issues as they affect communities in Qatar & the Arab World



Students are expected for graduation to complete 42 credit hours within the two years as follows: 

Program curriculum

  1. The Master in Public Policy is offered as a two-year full time degree program. Forty two credit hours over four academic semesters are required 

Core courses (24 credit hours): 

Students have to complete 8 courses (3 credit hours each)

  • - 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

In addition, to a compulsory course (0 credit hours)

  • MPP 002 English for Public Policy


Elective Courses (12 credit hours)*

Students are required to take 4 electives from a diverse range of courses offered within the following tracks:

- Education policy

- Health policy

- Energy and sustainable development


Students in these tracks are entitled to choose one course (3 credit hours) from outside the track as a free choice.

- Or General track

Student selects 3 Electives from MPP and one course from (SPADE and /or Other DI coursework)

(*) MPP tracks are offered according to the students' preferences and other program considerations.


Public Policy Capstone research (3 credit hours)

- MPP 698 Capstone research

Students without practical experience of a minimum of two years in the public sector and not for profit organizations have to take a training or internship MPA 602, with 3 credit hours.


Completion Rate:

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