Program Structure and Curriculum

To blend the diverse educational background of students and emphasize the applied nature of the program, all participants will take the following four Required courses for grounding in concepts and skills that are essential for today’s policy leaders:

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Introduction to Statistics, Economics and Accounting Concepts
  • ICT Concepts and Tools for Policy Makers
  • Research Methods

Conceived as a professional degree, the program draws attention to communication, analytical and technological skills, thus a section of the curriculum is dedicated to Skills Development courses:

  • Writing and Communicating Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis: Policy Design
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • E-governance and Technology Policy
  • Quantitative Techniques for Policy Making and Administration

Planned as an advanced degree in social sciences, the program would initially impart theoretical grounding and problem solving skills in two Concentration Areas:

1)    Governance, Democracy, and Institution Building (GDIB)

2)    Environment, Demography, and Urban Change (EDUC)

Please refer to the section concentration areas for further elaboration of these concentration areas.

The diverse and applied nature of the program encourages participants to discuss and debate their experiences, innovative ideas and vision. A supervised Research Thesis under active faculty guidance on an actionable policy issue provides the opportunity to develop a policy paper to re-design public policy and influence the policy process of your interest and passion.