Academic Programs

Master’s program in Public Administration (MPA)

Program Outline:

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The Master’s program in Public Administration (MPA) introduces a unique, scientific, and real-life approach to the teaching of Public Administration in Pakistan. The discipline has evolved in an environment where governance and service delivery face severe challenges. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the program will offer comprehensive learning with emphasis on administrative law, economic management, organizational management, governance and society, civil service evolution, financial analysis, and the dynamics of political processes and how they impact policy outcomes.

The program affords a distinct advantage to the aspiring practitioners and researchers alike by enhancing their professional skills, familiarizing them with a public manager’s challenges, and equipping them with effective tools and techniques to cope with those challenges. The students will learn about the indigenous administrative peculiarities within the political and socio-economic context, the legal and institutional framework, and budgetary constraints, equipping them to devise feasible solutions to complex problems. The program attempts to offset the negative connotations associated with the terms of “Bureaucracy” and “Governance” by regenerating interest in the field of Public Administration and by contributing to reconstruct a better Bureaucracy and better Governance. During the coursework, the students will hone their analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. The program develops the students’ capacity for logical reasoning and enables them to assume effective leadership roles in the society.

The learning take place under an all-encompassing instructional framework where theory is paired with contemporary case studies, best practices, seminars, and discussion sessions that are based on real-world examples of public administration, as well as new ideas, scholarship, and developments in the field. Besides, the program offers hands-on skill building and problem solving. With faculty members engaged in research and applied field work, the School strives to achieve excellence in teaching and learning which has been a UMT hallmark.

Learning Outcomes:

The MPA should enable the students to:

  1. Become well-versed in the operational aspects of public administration, policy formulation and challenges of implementation.
  2. Be able to strengthen planning and management skills.
  3. Make a difference by delivering service to the people in an equitable and neutral way.
  4. Communicate effectively with all the stakeholders in government and society.
  5. Identify the optimal administrative solution according to the nature of the problem.
  6. Be knowledgeable of the capacity of the personnel and their training needs.
  7. Adhere to the principles of effectiveness, efficiency, and economy despite pressures.
  8. Be able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  9. Be able to maintain continuity where necessary and effect change where required.

Program Summary:

  1. Duration: 2 years
  2. No of Courses: 22
  3. Per Course credit hours: 3
  4. Program credit hours: 66 (including research and internship of 6 credit hours)
  5. Program Type: Afternoon
  6. Semesters: 4


The program caters to the need of aspirant Public Administrators, policy makers and implementers, as well as business executives and researchers. It offers admissions to pre-career applicants with academic and professional brilliance and mid-career practitioners from both the public sector as well as the corporate sector.

Entry Requirements:

  • Minimum 50 % marks in Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent
  • Pre–admission Interview & GRE type Test.

Career Prospects:

Graduating with a Master’s degree in Public Administration prepares candidates for a rewarding career ahead. Some of the potential categories are:

  1. Career in the Government (through CSS, PCS, several other advertised government jobs in Health and Educational institutions, Agriculture and Irrigation, Laboratories and Technology Management Institutions, etc.), and public sector corporations
  2. Criminal Justice System
  3. NGOs and INGOs
  4. Human Rights, Child Rights, Women’s Rights Groups
  5. UN and international financial institutions, aid agencies, donor agencies
  6. Government policy groups, Think Tanks, Research Institutes, and Monitoring Organizations
  7. Corporate sector
  8. Autonomous Organizations, Cultural and Social Work Bodies

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