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

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The Master of Arts (MA) in Public Administration is committed to teaching students different theories and concepts of public administration, and to contribute to finding solutions to public sector challenges by providing practice-oriented and research-based training. Furthermore, the program will prepare future graduates for careers in the public sector and NGOs both locally and internationally.


Program Educational Objectives

The MA 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. This MA 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 with an MA in 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 BA in Political Science, Public Administration, International Affairs and Diplomacy, International Law, or other related fields.

Successful passage of the EET Entrance Exam with a minimum score of 60 is mandatory. Additionally, students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Factors such as work experience, letters of recommendation, and motivation for a career and leadership are all considered. The faculty may necessitate the GRE exam for non-NDU students, and non-major applicants may be required to complete the following prerequisite courses.

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

Graduation Requirements

Students seeking an MA in GIR must meet the University graduation requirements and complete one of the following two options of course work in addition to a comprehensive written and oral examination, or successful completion of 30 credits course work and 6 credits thesis. The minimum passing grade of a graduate course is “C.” Students in graduate studies are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all courses taken for graduate programs with no more than 2 “Cs” per program.
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