Masters in Public Administration (MPA) - TU

Humanities and Social Science, Management
Tribhuvan University
Two years

Masters in Public Administration (MPA) is a postgraduate program under the faculty of Management, Tribhuvan University.

Programme Objective:

The objective of the Master's Degree programme in Public Administration (MPA) is to produce high-level human resources in order to serve public affairs management of the government, non-government, public enterprises and private sectors. The programme focuses on areas of specialization such as Development Administration, Human Resource Development, Public Finance, and Law and Order Administration. After successful completion of the programme, a student will be able to function as an administrator/manager in government, non-government, public enterprises and private sectors.

Curricular Structure

The curriculum for MPA degree comprises of four separate and distinct course components as follows :

Core Courses: Core courses integrate all functional areas and provide the students with an appreciation of the diversity and interrelationship of Public Administration, Development Administration, Public Policy Analysis, Public Financial Administration, Public Personnel Administration and Organizational Behaviour.

Analytical and Professional Core Courses: Analytical courses are designed to enable the students to develop the skill of identifying and analyzing the problems. It includes subjects - Research Methods in Public Administration, Public Enterprise Management and Social Responsibility, International Administration and Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs Management.

Specialization Courses: Specialization in any one of the areas, Development Administration, Human Resource Development, Public Finance and Law and Order Administration areas enables the student to develop their expertise in the functional area.

Thesis Writing: Thesis writing is an optional subject. While completing the specialization areas (elective courses), students are required to take either four courses of 50 marks each or thesis writing of 100 marks with any two courses of 50 marks each from the same specialized area. The thesis has to be written within the specialisation area opted by the students.

Candidates, who have successfully completed Bachelor's degree in any discipline from Tribhuvan University or from any other Universities recognized by TU are eligible for applying MPA programme.

Admission test

Candidates seeking admission for the MPA programme must appear in the entrance test examination conducted by the Faculty of Management (FOM). FOM issues a score-sheet to each student appearing in the Entrance Test. The admission test comprises of following areas :

Verbal Ability

Quantitative Ability

Logical Reasoning

Administrative and General Awareness

Short Essay

Students must submit the admission test request form along with testimonials (transcripts/marks-sheet, etc.) to Central Department of Public Administration (CDPA). FOM shall charge a fee for conducting the Entrance Test.

Students must submit their applications for admission to the campus along with the score-sheet. Public Administration Campus gives admission to students on the basis of merit list. The merit list is prepared by considering the admission test score and percentage of marks obtained in the Bachelor's degree. The admission is granted in a competitive basis. The applicants must enclose with the application form attested copies of :

Certificates/testimonials of all examinations passed;

Equivalence transfers and characters certificates (wherever applicable); and

Two passports sized photographs.

Minimum General Requirements

The minimum general requirements for the MPA programme are as follows:

An academic year will consist of a minimum of 150 teaching days excluding the days taken for admission and annual examinations.

The total instructional periods in an academic year for the programme will be 150 days x 5 periods = 750 periods.

A paper of 100 marks will have 150 lectures and a paper of 50 marks will have 75 lectures. Each lecture will be of one-hour duration.

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