Academics | Faculties | FACULTY OF LAW & POLITICAL SCIENCE | Department of Government and International Relations | Master of Arts in Public Administration  | NDU

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The mission of the M.A. in Public administration is committed to teaching students the different theories and concepts of public administration, and to contribute to finding solutions to public sector challenges by providing a practice-oriented and research-based training. Furthermore, the program will prepare future graduate for careers in the public sector and NGOs locally and internationally.


Program Educational Objectives

The Master’s Degree in Public Administration is designed to provide both advanced theoretical and advanced training for students interested in careers in governmental, non-profit, and international organizations. The major draws form a broad range of topics relevant to the public sector. Instruction includes: the roles, development, and principles of public administration; public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation, public management, the relations between public administrations and legislators, the budgetary process, administrative law, public sector personnel management, and professional ethics. The Master’s program in public administration makes it possible for graduates to realize advanced educational objectives and to achieve their ambitions to become future community leaders involved in public policy and public management.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students graduating in the M.A. of Public Administration will be able to:

  1. 1.Demonstrate a good understanding of contemporary trends and issues in Public Administration;
  2. 2.Apply research methods and techniques, both quantitative and qualitative;
  3. 3.Evaluate the management and the financing process of the public sector;
  4. 4.Analyze the process of developing, approving, implementing, and evaluating public policies;
  5. 5.Demonstrate their ability to judge and apply the ethical dimensions of the public service.


Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, applicants should have a B.A. in Political Science, or Public Administration, or International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.

Successful passing of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 600 is required (p. 66 general catalogue), students’ undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum, work experience, letters of recommendation, motivation for a career and leadership are all taken into consideration. The Faculty may require the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and the following prerequisite courses may be required of non-major applicants.

  1. 1.M.A. in Political Science: IAF 211, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition;
  2. 2.M.A. in Public Administration: PAD 201, POS 201, POS 210 or equivalent by petition;
  3. 3.M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy: IAF 211, IAF 321, POS 201 or equivalent by petition;
  4. 4.M.A. in International Affairs and Diplomacy - International Law Emphasis: IAF 211, IAF 401, POS 442.

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.A. in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements and complete one of the following two options with a G.P.A. of at least 3.0/4.0: 36 credits of course work in addition to a comprehensive written and oral examination; or Successful completion of 30 credits course work and six credits thesis.
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