Master of Public Policy
The Program: The Master in Public Policy (MPP) is designed for young professionals seeking to broaden their holistic view, and fine-tune their skills to prepare for a career in public service, non-profit and private sector, or other relevant careers of their choice. It aims to provide these aspiring individuals with an opportunity to step outside of narrowly defined traditional lines of discipline and understand and analyze complex issues through multidisciplinary lens. The MPP program that Public Policy Program proposes is a two-year full-time degree consisting of foundational and core courses, a summer internship, a capstone project, interdisciplinary elective courses, and a professional development program.
Target Students: The MPP program is best suited for candidates holding a bachelor’s degree with a strong academic performance and ideally having 1-3 years of work experience or substantial internship. Students of diverse academic background are eligible to apply for the program. However, the expectation is that for first few batches, the students will originate from disciplines like political science, social science, economics, journalism, law, business, and others. Potential candidates will have to go through an admission exam and an interview in order to enroll.
Objective of MPP: The MPP aims to produce graduates with a high-degree of understanding of the theoretical and practical underpinnings of public policy with special emphasis on Nepal’s policymaking process and context. Our graduates will be equipped with the tools and models to understand the complexities of the policy process, and evaluate, formulate, and recommend policy alternatives to address issues of public concern. At the completion of the MPP degree, the students will gain the following:
- A strong understanding of the concepts within public policy, grounded on the reality of the policy process and institutions in Nepali context
- A solid grasp of the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research and analytical methods to conduct in-depth policy analyses, and
- The ability to appreciate the complexities of policy problems, design and evaluate appropriate options, and synthesize and communicate to the relevant stakeholders
Academic Structure: The MPP will consist of coursework that includes a series of lectures, seminars, and workshop with appropriate blend of theoretical concepts and practical real life case studies. The program will also comprise of a summer long internship for hands-on experience, a capstone project to synthesize the knowledge and experience they gained over the two years, and a mandatory course on professional development to guide students for a strong career pathway. These components amount to 60 credits.
Executive Master of Public Policy
The Program: Based on the academic principles and framework of the MPP program, the Executive Master of Public Policy Program (eMPP) is offered to working professionals who are looking to further their academic grounding while continuing to work. Given that most students will be working full time while enrolled in the program, classes will have to be scheduled for the morning shift. The morning shift is preferred largely because of the various social and professional commitments that can arise and hinder the ability of students to attend on a regular basis. Additionally, with significant professional experience of the students, the MPP coursework will be modified to place special emphasis on the practical aspect of the degree. All exams and evaluations will be as per the guidelines of KU. The eMPP graduates will at the end of the course receive an academic certificate from KU. Logistically, the eMPP program will share all of the administrative and human resources with the MPP program.