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Qualification: Public Administration, MPA

Public Administration, MPA

Qualification Information

Upon completion of the masters program the student is able to demonstrate knowledge, skills and competence as listed below. This entails that the student:

Knowledge

  • Has acquired a systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge in the field of public administration.
  • Has acquired knowledge and understanding of economic and administrative perspectives, as well as the legal and regulatory environment of public administration.
  • Has command of the theories and methods employed in policy analysis, and how they are used to systematically assess public policy
  • Is familiar with the different methods the state can use to achieve its objectives and the main advantages and disadvantages of each method.
  • Is familiar with the development of public administration and policymaking, the main advantages, issues, challenges, and risks associated with that development as regards public decision-making and implementation.
  • Is aware of science ethics and have formed a considered opinion on their own research and that of others

Skills

  • Can describe and explain the presumptions of different approaches in public policymaking.
  • Can make independent decisions and provide professional arguments to support them.
  • Can develop projects based on the most recent theories and research in their field of specialization within public administration.
  • Has the ability to assess the reliability and quality of information upon which decision-making rests in the public sector, and can make decisions on the basis of existing data.
  • Can understand and address complex problems in public administration and place them in a professional context.
  • Can work in a team with others and contribute to the organization and implementation of studies in public administration.
  • Can clearly and decisively present complex academic conclusions verbally and in writing.
  • Has the skills and ability to gather academic data, evaluate them and analyze, and is competent in the use of information technology, including data bases, word processing and statistical software, and can utilize recognized sources of information.

 Compenences

  • Can independently and professionally initiate projects, define a research subject, and put forth research questions and hypotheses.
  • Can independently assess which analytical method and epistemological foundation is applicable for different subject and in different situations within public administration.
  • Can apply their knowledge and skills to tackle new and unknown subjects at work and in the academic field of public administration.
  • Can clearly and decisively present complex academic subjects and/or academic conclusions, alone or in cooperation with others, to experts and the public alike.
  • Has developed the necessary learning skills and independent practices to continue their academic studies, maintain their knowledge, and add to it.

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Public Administration

NQF Level: 
7