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Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offered by the Department of Management Sciences has been designed to prepare the individuals who intend to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, provincial, federal governments, non-governmental, and nonprofit organizations etc. It mainly focuses on the roles, development, principles of public administration, public policy management and its implementation. It is an interdisciplinary study program drawing from fields such as anthropology, economics, law, political science, sociology and regional planning in order to equip MPA graduates with relevant skills and knowledge.

Program Objectives

  • To develop understanding with different aspects of Public Administration
  • To become familiar with operational aspects of Public Administration and public policy specifically in the context of Pakistan
  • To develop managerial, planning, interpersonal and analytical skills

Admission Eligibility Criteria

At least 45% marks or CGPA 2.00 out of 4 in Bachelor’s degree (14-year education) in any discipline (e.g. BA/B.Sc./B.Com etc.) from a recognized University/Institute.


  • VU graduates holding 2-year degree are only allowed to continue in their respective BS (4-year) study programs.
  • Candidates having less than 45% marks will be eligible for admission after successful completion of “Zero  Semester”.

Course Exemption

Course(s) exemption is allowed.


It is two-year full time study program spread over four semesters. Each semester has at least 18 weeks duration for teaching and examinations etc.

Courses of Study

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Assessment of Study Progress

The students’ study progress evaluation mechanism is based on continuous assessment throughout the semester by giving assignments, on-line quizzes, graded discussions boards (GDBs), mid and final term examinations. The mid and final term examinations are conducted at VU’s designated exam centers and usually count 80 to 85% of the total marks of a course.


Students are required to complete a Project/ Internship Report of 3-credit hours in the final semester the program. The choice of the final project is at the student’s discretion. However, consultation with the student advisor is compulsory. Students have to submit a detailed write-up of the Project and may be required to give a presentation.
Student taking Internship course are required to complete 6 to 8 weeks internship in an organization of repute and shall get internship letter from the concerned organization. The students who are already in service shall be exempted from Internship but required to submit the Project.

Award of Degree

To be eligible for the award of degree of Master of Public Administration (MPA), students are required to qualify prescribed respective courses amounting to at least 72 credit hours with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 out of 4.

Fee Structure

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  • The courses may be revised time to time as a result of continuous review to bring them at par with courses from being taught at top-class foreign universities. While reviewing the courses, needs of local industry and job market are also given full consideration.
  • The University reserves the right to change fee structure from time to time.