Master of Governance and Public Policy

The Master of Governance and Public Policy (MGPP) degree aims to impart knowledge, skills, and analytic capability about the rational application of methods, practical tools and techniques in public governance including the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy in the dynamic and complex era of globalization. The Program combines relevant contemporary theories, professional skills, practical knowledge, high level research skills and critical thinking to approach the questions of governance and policy management in the new millennium. The MGPP equips students with cutting-edge skills to undertake open, accountable, responsive, and inclusive leadership to address the administrative, ethical, financial, organizational, and political challenges in delivering superior governmental services and making effectual decisions. For more details on this program, click here.

Program Objectives

  • To prepare professionals and public policy leaders to discuss, analyze, and evaluate public policies.
  • To appreciate the complex and cross-sectorial nature of public policy, public policy challenges, and public policy solutions.
  • To implement skills necessary to address important criteria of transparency, accountability, responsive, effectiveness, efficiency, and inclusive in all policy processes.
  • To develop leadership skills necessary to lead national and local institutions and perform administrative, financial, organizational, and political activities.
  • To exercise ethical and moral standards in public policy processes and leadership behaviors.
  • To equip students with various analytical tools to effectively diagnose and proffer solutions to complex public policy issues .

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend selected theories and methods in public governance, policy analysis, market-government relations, macro and micro economics, public budgeting, leadership, and research in the analysis and formulation of public policy.
  • Conduct governance and public policy research using appropriate research methods, ethics procedures, and statistical analysis
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative skills in the formulation of public policy independently and in teams.
  • Use different tools and techniques in policy analysis, stakeholder management, successful policy implementation, effective program evaluation, and financial management
  • Communicate descriptive and analytical knowledge effectively in written and oral format to various audiences.
  • Demonstrate preparedness for continued reflective practice and lifelong learning in public policy and governance.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 36 hours

Governance and Public Policy

Required Courses (24.00 hours)

Credit Hours
ECON541Economics for Policy Analysis3.000
ECON544Financial Management and Public Budgeting 3.000
PSG501Public Policy Analysis Theory & Practice3.000
PSG504New Public Man & Governments3.000
PSG505Research Methods for Political Analysis3.000
PSG517Government, Leadership, & Pubic Management3.000
PSG518Public Policy Design and Tools3.000
PSG527Seminar in Government & Public Policy in the UAE3.000

Elective Courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSG513Globalization, International Agencies & Public Policy 3.000
PSG521Environmental Policy & Sustainable Development Management3.000
PSG522Implementation, Evaluation & Monitoring of Strategic Issues 3.000
PSG526Comparative Political Institutions3.000



Required Course (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
PSG699Master Degree Thesis6.000