Master of Public Administration

(Course Outline)
Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a post-graduate program mainly designed for professionals and fresh graduates from different disciplines with a view to providing qualitative and quantitative analytical skills required by leaders in the major fields of governance, administration and development affairs. This program is conducted taking into account the changing needs and trends of the administration/management and graduates career prospects. It, therefore, incorporates an international perspective and multidisciplinary approach in its teaching methods. Along with adding extra skill to current professionals working in public, development and business sectors, it will also build fresher’s well-trained and skilled professionals for job opportunities is one of the most important ingredients of this program. It’s a professional degree, rather than an academic one. Like most professional degrees, it can lead to a wide variety of careers. MPAs work in nonprofits, government agencies, international NGOs, social enterprises, private businesses, financial institutions, and more.
Duration of the Program:
Total Credit Hours Requirement:

MPA Program has been designed to provide for the adjustment of variation in the backgrounds of the students. The normal credit hours requirement for MPA program is 54.0. However, students having different educational backgrounds and job experience will complete credit hours as shown in the following table.

Minimum courses & credit hours required to be completed by students with different backgrounds.

Educational BackgroundRequired Cr. Hrs.Credit Hours
FoundationCoreMajorDissertation
Graduate (Pass Course)12.024.012.06.054.0
Graduate (Hons.)/Masters in Non Social Science Discipline6.024.012.06.048.0
Graduate (Hons.)/Masters in Social Science, Business and Law DisciplineN/A24.012.06.042.0
B.S.S. ( Hons.) in Public AdministrationN/A24.012.0N/A36.0

* Credit Hours to be exempted based on experience in Administrative/Managerial works.

*At least 36.0 cr. Hrs. are required to obtain the degree.

* Scholarship is available on merit basis.

Program Structure:

MPA program consists of three types of courses:

1.04 Foundation courses of 12 Credit for the students who are from pass courses graduates in Arts, Business, Sciences and Social Sciences.
2.02 Foundation courses of 06 Credit for the students who are from Graduate (Hons)/Masters in Non Social Science Discipline.
3.08 Core courses of 24 credit hours for all students.
4.04 specialization courses of 3.0 credit hours each for all MPA students
5.An internship of 6 credit hours is compulsory for those students who do not have job experience.
6.Students who are not interested for any specialization/concentration will have to complete any 04 Courses from the specialized subjects to complete general degree in Masters of Public Administration.
7.Students who have 02 years work experience and exempted from Dissertation/Internship may take Dissertation/Internship instead of 02 Core courses (06 Credits).
Graduation:

Courses

Foundation Courses

MPA 401: Introduction to Government and Politics
MPA 402: Organizational Behavior
MPA 403: Fundamentals of Management
MPA 404: Fundamentals of Sociology

Core Courses

MPA 501: Introduction to Public Administration and Management
MPA 502: Human Resource Management
MPA 503: Administrative Law and Regulatory Administration
MPA 504: Central and Local Governance in Bangladesh
MPA 505: Performance Management
MPA 506: Managing Change and Innovations in Public Sector
MPA 507: Public Financial Management
MPA 508: Advanced Social Research Methodology

Concentration/Specialization Area:

Students will have to complete at least four courses (12 credits) of for each area of concentration/specialization.

1. Public Policy and Governance
2. Development Studies
3. Human Resource Management
4. Project Management and Governance
5. Disaster and Climate Change Governance
6. Business and Government


SL Course Code Course Title Cr.Hr.
1 MPA 501 Fundamental of Public Administration 3
2 MPA 502 Organizational Theories & Behaviors 3
3 MPA 503 Administrative Law & Regulatory Administration 3
4 MPA 504 Public Administration in Bangladesh 3
5 MPA 505 Performance Management 3
6 MPA 506 Managing Change & Innovations in Public Sector 3
7 MPA 507 Public Financial Management 3
8 MPA 508 Advanced Social Research Methodology 3
9 MPA 509 Introduction Public Policy Analysis 3
10 MPA 513 Development Theories & Approach 3
11 MPA 515 Project Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation 3
12 MPA 519 Human Resources Development 3