Master of Public Administration (MPA) is the flagship degree program of the Institute of Administrative Sciences (IAS). University of the Punjab was the first to launch MPA degree in Pakistan in the year 1962. IAS has revamped and upgraded this program. The upgraded program is specifically designed as a blend of the theoretical, practical and research knowledge which equips students with the nuanced skills and perspectives to pursue the public interest. The upgraded MPA program counts as 18 years of education and hence is equivalent to MS/MPhil degree. The comprehensive collection of core and elective courses are offered in MPA degree with a focus on key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration, management and governance. Core courses are designed for participants to gain solid understanding of the core functional areas of public administration such as organizational structuring, management of human resources, finance, public policy analysis and evaluation, as well as research methods and analysis. Active class participation informed by the knowledge of readings and other materials is encouraged and considered to be an integral component of learning experience that helps to enhance students’ skills in critical reading and interpretation, oral presentation, active listening, and synthesis and evaluation of arguments and ideas. Students are trained to select a research problem to suit their interests and professional development needs and undertake research and analysis. Six credit hour thesis allows students to identify gaps in the existing literature and carry out research to contribute to the literature, practice and policy.
Management, Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Management, Governance/Government, Human Resource Management, Health Administration, Development, Business Administration, Finance, Commerce, Political Science, International Relations, Sociology, Psychology and Economics
The applicant must have sixteen years of education (MA/BS 4 years in Management/social sciences or equivalent as per university criteria) for admission in MPA degree program. The minimum CGPA / percentage / division requirement is 3.0/70%/1st respectively as per HEC criteria for admission in MS/MPhil degrees.
The maximum duration for completion of MPA degree is 4 years. However, it is important to note that the students exceeding 2 years will not be entitled to facilities such as hostel accommodation, medical care and transportation, which are normally available to the regular students of the Punjab University.
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MPA is a professional postgraduate degree which is designed to produce future managers and leaders of government, civil society, third sector and market organizations. MPA graduates are well accepted in the market and are also eligible for admission to the PhD program of IAS.
Students obtaining a CGPA of 3.0 in their coursework will be given an option of completing their degree either with coursework or research thesis of 6 credit hours to be completed in third and fourth semesters. Those having CGPA of less than 3.0 at the end of second semester will be offered coursework of 6 credit hours to be completed in third and fourth semesters.
The first position holder of MPA degree program is/are awarded with three gold medals: Punjab University Gold Medal, Shaikh Laique Ali Gold Medal and Mirza Book Agency Gold Medal.