Masters in Public Policy and Management

Strathmore Business School (SBS)

Program Description

Masters in Public Policy and Management

Strathmore Business School (SBS)

The Master in Public Policy and Management programme is designed to develop the general management skills of results-oriented professionals in the public sector and non-governmental organizations with reasonable career experience. The programme lays emphasis on the following key dimensions of applied business practice: critical and strategic thinking, an integrated view of the organization across the various functions, organizational leadership and change management, personal and organizational ethics, and communication. Further emphasis is given to the human person as the subject of economic activity, in the various roles as the leader and the led.

The curriculum provides a broad range of academic courses and practical tools designed to advance the students in managerial careers in Public Policy and Management, Public Finance, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, General Management, Managing People in the public sector, and International aspects of public policy. The programme equips those who may wish to advance further academically by taking doctoral studies with the requisite academic rigor to do so. It also aims at imparting practical relevance to the individuals involved in public policy through a variety of methods inherent in the content and methods of the study programme.

The Master of Public Policy and Management will prepare exceptionally talented students and young professionals for leadership positions in today’s rapidly changing world.

Objectives of the program

  • To gain a better academic knowledge and insight into public policy and how they contribute to the common good
  • To try to improve policy processes contents and outcomes.
  • To try to influence or control policy processes and contents in order to ensure desired outcomes.
  • To effectively link public policy and processes with private sector initiatives and to develop a sustainable framework for public private partnerships
  • To prepare exceptionally talented students and young professionals for leadership positions in today’s rapidly changing world
  • To enable public policy professionals around the world to resolve complex ethical dilemmas and to understand the economic context of government, and how economists analyse policy
  • The program provides a unique opportunity for Strathmore University to influence public policy and to become a centre of excellence in research in public policy.

Participant Profile

The MPPM program is specifically designed for senior Managers and professionals both from the public sector and corporate world with at least 2 years managerial experience. The program offers skill sets that are uniquely tailored to aid Government officers involved in policy formulation, Principal Secretaries, Directors in government parastatals, Cabinet Secretaries and Member of national and county assemblies as they go about their professional duties.

Mode of Delivery

The mode of delivery to be used in the programme is based on class attendance and in-class participation of the students. Face to face lectures, tutorials, and audio-visual projection will be used. Video-conferencing facilities shall also be deployed. Video-conferencing has been successfully launched at Strathmore Business School where expert faculty from world class Business Schools conducts both lectures and case discussion sessions online from their campuses. There is also moderate use of an e-learning platform already in place. Materials will be in print, CD and DVD formats. In line with the needs of the students as experienced policy makers and practitioners, the primary focus of delivery is participant-centered learning. This type of learning is particularly suitable to this audience in that it has as its core ingredient the combined experience of student participants.

Core Units

  • MPM 8101 Theory and Practice of public policy 3
  • MPM 8102 Public Management 3
  • MPM 8203 Institutions, Political Change and Public Policy 3
  • MPM 8106 Human Resource Management 3
  • MPM 8107 Strategic Management for Public Sector Organisations 3
  • MPM 8108 Global Economics 3
  • MPM 8109 Research methods in public policy 3
  • MPM 8201 Public Finance 3
  • MPM 8202 Policy Analysis and Evaluation 3
  • MPM 8104 Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy 3
  • MPM 8204 International dimensions of Public Policy 3
  • MPM 8902 Dissertation 12

Leadership Units

  • MPM 8103 Economic governance and management
  • MPM 8105 Theory and Practice of Negotiation
  • MPM 8206 Problems of Political Philosophy
  • MPM 8207 Governance and Ethics

Elective Units

  • MPM 8301 Economics, welfare and public goods
  • MPM 8302 Institutions, Political Change and Public Policy
  • MPM 8303 Governance of democratic systems
  • MPM 8304 Development economics
  • MPM 8305 Conflict and Peace Studies
  • MPM 8306 Management of Decentralized Public Funds

Timetable - Evening classes

Classes run on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday mornings from 8:15 am to 1:30 pm.

Costs for the evening course

Total tuition fee for the two year program (2016/2017) amounts to KShs 850,000. Additional costs include: Text books: Kshs 126,000, International Module: KShs. 400,000; Admin fee: 97,000. Total fees for the course is KShs. 1,473,000.

Modular classes

Participants attend classes two weeks full time after every quarter.

Costs

Total tuition fee for the two year program (2016/2017) amounts to KShs 850,000. Additional costs include: Text books: Kshs 126,000, International Module: KShs. 400,000; Admin fee: 97,000; Meals: 150,000. Total fees for the course is KShs. 1,623,000.

Dual Degree

Strathmore Institute of Public Policy and Governance in collaboration with the Northern Illinois University offers a dual degree arrangement for the MPPM participants. Students will be able to earn two master’s degrees in 3 years instead of four.

How this works

Students who have done an MPPM from Strathmore will have 50% of their total credits exempted. They will therefore be required to attend classes for 1 year instead of two years to complete their second degree. The same applies to MPA students from NIU.

Advantage

There is an immense complementarity between these two courses, that’s Master in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) and Masters in Public Administration (MPA). In the MPPM the emphasis is more on the policy aspects, even though public administration elements are covered as well, while in the MPA the emphasis is on Public Administration. By doing a dual degree you get the best of both programs.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 23, 2017
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