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Master of Public Administration
The Master of Public Administration is administered by the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. The program prepares students for leadership and upper management positions in public service. Students, who are generally mid-career at entry, pursue careers in government, nonprofit organizations, international development agencies, academia, and the private sector.
The mission of the MPA Program is to support effective and efficient administration of government and nonprofit organizations and better public governance in Egypt and the Middle East by preparing professionals for careers in public service with the highest ethical standards, strong competencies in public governance, excellent leadership and communication skills, a sound understanding of the use of evidence and analysis in public service settings, and a commitment to building a better future for the people of Egypt and the region.
All applicants must satisfy the university’s graduate admission requirements. Candidates for the MPA or DPA are recommended but not required to have two or more years of relevant professional experience.
Courses (33 credit hours)
Students seeking the degree of Master of Public Administration must complete 33 credit hours plus a thesis. The program core, required of all students, consists of 6 courses (18 credits). Students must complete a concentration of 5 courses (15 credits). Students may elect either the concentration in Management of Public Sector Reform or the concentration in Management of Nonprofits and Development Organizations. Students are required to declare their concentration before beginning their second semester of enrollment in the program. In addition to coursework, students must complete a thesis consistent with department and university guidelines and complete at least one enrollment in each of the mandatory thesis sequence courses (598 and 599, both non-credit).
Core Requirement (18 credit hours):
Students must complete four (4) courses in group 1, one (1) course in group 2, and one (1) course in group 3.
Concentration Requirement (15 credit hours):
Students must complete 5 courses in one of the following two areas. In addition to the courses shown for each concentration, students may select a course from the core list shown above as a Group 3 concentration course, if not taken as a core course (i.e., a course may be counted toward only one requirement).
MPA Concentration 1: Management of Public Sector Reform – 5 courses (15 credits) required
MPA Concentration 2: Management of Nonprofit and Development Organizations – 5 courses (15 credits) required
Practicum (PPAD 590): 3 credits
Students are strongly encouraged to undertake a practicum within their concentration, ideally in conjunction with their thesis work.
Students are required to write a thesis on some aspect of public administration relevant to their concentration. The preparation of the thesis and the thesis itself must comply with Departmental and AUC guidelines with regard to content, format, dates, and the review and supervision process. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these guidelines and meeting formal deadlines. Students preparing the thesis normally develop a preliminary thesis proposal during PPAD 500, a required core course, but may prepare an alternative thesis proposal if desired. Students must enroll in PPAD 599 (Research Guidance and Thesis) and identify a thesis supervisor in the semester during which they plan to present their proposal for approval, whether or not they plan to use the draft proposal prepared in PPAD 500. Once the proposal is approved, students are required to enroll in PPAD 598, the thesis research seminar, in the first semester in which they are working on the research component and write-up of their thesis. Thereafter, if additional work is required to complete the thesis, students must enroll each semester in PPAD 599. Students must pay 3 credits of tuition for the first enrollment in PPAD 598 and 599 and thereafter pay 1 credit of tuition for each Fall and Spring semester, until the thesis is successfully defended and approved by the Dean. Students planning to complete their thesis and graduate in the summer or to get approval for their proposal in order to enroll in 598 in the Fall must enroll in PPAD 599 in the summer term and pay 3 credits if this is their first enrollment in 599 or 1 credit of tuition if they have completed the first 599 enrollment.
PPAD 598, the thesis research seminar, is designed to support the applied research required for the thesis and the writing of the thesis itself. It provides a forum for students to present and discuss their work and for colleagues to support and critique their work. The course does not have assigned readings, but students will be required to read and comment on the work of other students, both orally and in writing, and to present draft thesis chapters.
Dual Degree Option BSc/CENG-MPA
Master’s Program in Development Practice (MDP) Option
Students enrolled in the School of Science and Engineering may apply to complete the MPA on an accelerated basis in conjunction with completion of the BSc. in engineering. At present, this option is open only to students completing the BSc. in Construction Engineering. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisors during the Fall of their fourth year for potential admission to the program in their fifth year. Those interested in this option are required to complete a summer work assignment for Fall practicum in their fifth year. The program is jointly administered by the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Public Affairs and the School of Sciences and Engineering. Admission is based on the recommendation of the student’s SSE advisor and review by the PPAD department. The program prepares students for careers in public service with the highest ethical standards, strong competencies in environmental analysis and management as well as public governance, excellent leadership and communication skills, a sound understanding of the use of evidence and analysis in public service settings, and a commitment to building a better future for the people of Egypt and the region. Students pursue careers in government, nonprofit organizations, international development agencies, academia, and the private sector.
Students electing the MDP option begin taking graduate courses in their ninth semester and receive both the BSc. and the MPA upon the completion of their coursework and master’s thesis, normally at the end of their 6th year. The following course sequence has been developed for the MDP option, but students should consult their advisor in CENG to ensure that all SSE requirements are met:
- CENG 424 Methods & Equipment for Construction II
- xxxx xxx Eng. Concentration 1 elective
- CENG 448 Financial Management and Accounting in Construction (MPA credit)
- CENG xxx Elective (1)
- CENG 431 Intro. to Transportation
- CENG 490 Senior Thesis I (Capstone Core Level I )
- CENG 497 Industrial Training (Practicum)
- xxxx xxx Engineering Concentration 2
- CENG 567 Construction Leadership and Management/Elective 2
- CENG 491 Senior Thesis II (Capstone Core Level II )
- PPAD 506 Essentials of Public Policy and Administration (MPA credit)
- PPAD 500 Research Methods for Public Policy and Administration (MPA credit)
- xxxx xxx Science elective (from MDP list)
- Summer internship – public/NGO management focus and participation in MDP colloquium (MPA credit through 590)
- PPAD 590 Practicum (Capstone Level II) (MPA Credit)
- ENGR 516 Engineering for Sustainable Development (MPA Credit)
- PPAD 570 Global Classroom (MPA Credit)
- xxxx xxx Science elective (from MDP list)
- PPAD 598 Thesis Research Seminar (MPA Credit)
- PPAD 514 Human Resource Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (MPA Credit)
- PPAD 516 Core Concepts and Applications for Social and Environmental Policy (MPA Credit)
- PPAD 517 NGO Management (MPA Credit)
- PPAD 599 Thesis (MPA Credit)
Summer thesis work, if needed, and participation in MDP colloquium
*xxx indicates elective within the respective program
Lists of MDP-relevant courses will be provided to students in the program prior to registration for each semester, based on offerings available in the appropriate departments
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