Feb 26, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Published Catalog]

Development Practice (MDP) option BSc/CENG-MPA

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Dual Degree Option BSc/CENG-MPA

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 Construction 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. 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. Students who wish to be admitted to this dual degree should have a minimum GPA of 3.2. 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 dual degree 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 this option, but students should consult their advisor in CENG to ensure that all SSE requirements are met:

Students who seek to register in this dual degree should complete four 400-level courses that are related to business or public administration, public policy, economics, political science or global affairs. Courses will need to be approved by the department prior to registration

Additionally, students must take the seven PPAD graduate courses listed below and two thesis registration.


PPAD 506/5111 - Essentials of Public Policy and Administration (3 cr.)  

PPAD 507/5131 - Government Finance for Policy Analysis (3 cr.)  

PPAD 514/5224 - Human Resource Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)  


PPAD 501/5221 - Strategic Management for Government and Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)  

PPAD 500/5201 - Research Methods for Public Policy and Administration (3 cr.)  

PPAD 510/5113 - Organizational Behavior for Government and Nonprofit Management (3 cr.)  

PPAD 000/5174 - Internship in Public and Non-Profit Organizations (3 cr.)  



Students are required to write a thesis on some aspect of public administration relevant to their area of study. 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 5201 , a required core course, but may prepare an alternative thesis proposal if desired. Once the proposal is approved, students should enroll in PPAD 5298 , 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 can enroll each semester in PPAD 5299 . Students must pay 3 credits of tuition for the first enrollment in PPAD 5298  and PPAD 5299  and thereafter pay 1 credit of tuition each semester, until the thesis is successfully defended and approved by the Dean.

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