Master of Governance and Public Policy

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Program Description

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Overview

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.

UAEU now ranks #1 in the UAE based on the Times Higher Education Ranking! We are also #5 in the Middle East, #49th in Asia and #70 in the Young University Rankings of 2019.

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 the skills necessary to address important criteria of transparency, accountability, responsiveness, 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 microeconomics, 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 of 36 hours

Governance and Public Policy

Required Courses (24 hours) Credits
ECON541 Economics for Policy Analysis 3
ECON544 Financial Management and Public Budgeting 3
PSG501 Public Policy Analysis Theory & Practice 3
PSG504 New Public Man & Governments 3
PSG505 Research Methods for Political Analysis 3
PSG517 Government, Leadership, & Pubic Management 3
PSG518 Public Policy Design and Tools 3
PSG527 Seminar in Government & Public Policy in the UAE 3
Elective Courses (6 hours) Credits
PSG513 Globalization, International Agencies & Public Policy 3
PSG521 Environmental Policy & Sustainable Development Management 3
PSG522 Implementation, Evaluation & Monitoring of Strategic Issues 3
PSG526 Comparative Political Institutions 3

Thesis

Required Course (6 hours) Credits
PSG699 Master Degree Thesis 6

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited university recognized by the UAE Ministry of higher education and scientific research;
  • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent in all undergraduate work.
  • A score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS Academic exam or equivalent.
  • This test score must be less than two years old at the time of application, with the following exceptions:

Conditional Acceptance

An applicant with a Bachelor degree recognized by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research may be granted conditional admission into the Master’s program in one and only one of the following cases:

An applicant with an IELTS score of 5.5, or its equivalent. Such a Student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. Must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, or its equivalent, by the end of the student’s first semester of study;
  2. May take a maximum of six (6) credits hours in the first semester, not including intensive English courses;
  3. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 but equal or higher than 2.5, or its equivalent. Such a student must meet the following requirements during the period of conditional admission or be subject to a dismissal:

  1. May take a maximum of nine (9) credits hours in the first semester of study;
  2. Must achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the first 9 credit hours of credit-bearing courses studied in the Master’s program.

Merit Fellowship Award

To receive the Merit Award, students are expected to have high academic credentials and maintain their academic success at the UAEU. The Merit Fellowship Award offers financial assistance in the form of partial tuition waiver to qualified students. Students in STEM and strategic areas of the country (renewable energy, transportation, health, water resources, technology, space) will have priority.

Student Eligibility:

  • Have Excellent Academic Standing (GPA ≥ 3.6/4.0).
  • Maintain a GPA ≥3.6/4.0 during study at UAEU.
  • Have no other financial sponsorship or award.

Benefits:

  • 50% discount on tuition fees.

Duration:

  • Valid until graduation as long as the student is abiding with the Student Eligibility conditions.

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Last updated Apr 2020

About the School

The United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling approximately 13,900 students, with more than 900 faculty and 65,000 alumni holding key positions ... Read More

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