WPCS 2.1.5
Tuition Fees:$18,964 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Master of Public Policy
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

The Master of Public Policy is administered by the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. The program prepares students for leadership positions in public service and for careers as policy analysts. Students, who are generally in the early part of their career at entry, pursue careers in government, nonprofit organizations, international development agencies, academia, consulting firms, and the private sector.

Program objectives
The mission of the MPP Program is to support evidence-based policy-making and better public governance in Egypt and the Middle East by preparing professionals for careers in public service with the highest ethical standards, strong competencies in public governance, excellent leadership and communication skills, capability to develop and use evidence and analysis in public service settings, and a commitment to building a better future for the people of Egypt and the region.


Courses (33 credit hours)
Students seeking the degree of Master of Public Policy must complete 33 credit hours plus a thesis or 39 credit hours and a comprehensive examination. The program core, required of all students, consists of 6 courses (18 credits). Students must complete a concentration of 5 courses (15 credits). Students may elect either the concentration in Social and Environmental Policy or the concentration in Government Regulation and Promotion of the Private Sector. Students are required to declare their concentration before beginning their second semester of enrollment in the program and to identify an area of professional concentration at that time. In addition to coursework, students must complete a thesis, or opt to sitting for a comprehensive examination after taking two additional courses. Students writing a thesis, consistent with department and university guidelines, will complete at least one enrollment in the thesis courses (PPAD 5298 or PPAD 5299, all are non-credit).

Core Requirement (18 credit hours):
Students must complete six (6) courses in group 1

Group 1: Complete all six (6) of the following:
– Research Methods for Public Policy and Administration (3 cr.)
– Economics for Public Policy Analysis (3 cr.)
– Role of Government in a Market-Oriented Economy (3 cr.)
– Public Policy Theory & Practice (3 cr.)
– Qualitative Analysis for Policy and Administration (3 cr.)
– Applied Quantitative Analysis (3 cr.)

Concentration Requirement (15 credit hours):
Students must complete 5 courses in one of the concentrations below. In addition to the courses shown for each concentration, students may select a course from the core list shown above as a Group 3 concentration course if not taken as a core course (i.e., a course may be counted towards only one requirement). Students may substitute up to two courses for those shown with permission of the department. Students who have completed at least 4 core courses and who have a GPA of 3.5 or better may petition the department to complete a concentration in another policy field, such as urban policy or health policy, which must include at least 3 PPAD courses.

MPP Concentration 1: Policies for Sustainable Development – 5 courses (15 credits) required
Students should select concentration courses based on their chosen area of specialization, which may include health and social services policy, anti-poverty policy, environmental policy, or an area defined by the student.

Group 1: Complete two (2) of the following
– Social and Environmental Policy (3 cr.)
– Reforming Delivery of Social Services (3 cr.)
– Globalization and Development (3 cr.)

Group 2: Complete three (3) of the following:
– Global Health Issues and Policies (3 cr.)
– Gender in Public Policy and Administration (3 cr.)
– Essentials of Public Policy and Administration (3 cr.)
– Promotion of Local Economic Development (3 cr.)
– Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration (1-3 cr.)

MPP Concentration 2: Promotion and Regulation of the Private Sector Development – 5 courses (15 credits) required
Students should select concentration courses based on their chosen area of specialization, which may include financial markets; telecommunications, power, and water; private sector development; regional economic development, or a topic identified by the student.

Group 1: Required for all students in concentration
– Government Regulation of Business and Investment (3 cr.)
– Government Finance for Policy Analysis (3 cr.)

Group 2: Complete two (2) courses from the following
– Governance, Accountability, and Stakeholder Negotiations (3 cr.)
– Globalization and Development (3 cr.)

MPP Concentration 3: Media Policy – 5 courses (15 credits) required
Group 1: Required for all students in the concentration:
– Special Topics (3 cr.)
– Seminar in International Communication (3 cr.)
– Seminar in Mass Communication and National Development (3 cr.)

Group 2: Complete two of the following:
– Impact of Television: Issues and Developments (3 cr.)
– Administrative Environment and Public Policy in Egypt and the Middle East (3 cr.)
– Introduction to International Human Rights Law and Critique (3 cr.)
– Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration (1-3 cr.)

MPP Concentration 4: Data Analytics and program Evaluation – 5 courses (15 credits) required
Students should select concentration courses based on their chosen area of specialization, which may include program evaluation and data analysis and survey data analysis , or an area defined by the student.

Group 1: Required for all students in the concentration:
– Introduction to Data Analytics (3 cr.)
– Big Data Analytics for Public Policy (3 cr.)
– Program Evaluation (3 cr.)

Group 2: Complete two (2) Courses from the following:
– Special Topics in Public Policy and Administration (1-3 cr.)
– Government Finance for Policy Analysis (3 cr.)
– Public Administration, Technology, and Innovation (3 cr.)
– Internship in Public and Non-Profit Organizations (3 cr.)

Practicum (PPAD 5198): 3 credits Graded Pass-Fail
Students are strongly encouraged to undertake a practicum within their concentration, ideally in conjunction with their thesis work. P/F graded.

Students are required to write a thesis on some aspect of public policy relevant to their concentration. The preparation of the thesis and the thesis itself must comply with Departmental and AUC guidelines with regard to content, format, dates, and the review and supervision process. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these guidelines and meeting formal deadlines. Students preparing the thesis normally develop a preliminary thesis proposal during PPAD 5201, a required core course, but may prepare an alternative thesis proposal if desired. Once the proposal is approved, students can enroll in PPAD 5298, the thesis research seminar, in the first semester in which they are working on the research component and write-up of their thesis. Thereafter, if additional work is required to complete the thesis, students must enroll each semester in PPAD 5299. Students must pay 3 credits of tuition for the first enrollment in PPAD 5298 and PPAD 5299 and thereafter pay 1 credit of tuition for each semester, until the thesis is successfully defended and approved by the Dean.

PPAD 5298, the thesis research seminar, is designed to support the applied research required for the thesis and the writing of the thesis itself. Students will be required to read and comment on the work of other students, both orally and in writing, and to present draft thesis chapters.

Non-Thesis Track
Students who do not wish to undertake a thesis can choose to substitute the thesis with two additional PPAD 3 credit courses, with the approval of the program director, and then sit for a comprehensive examination after completing all program course requirements. A comprehensive examination is usually offered in mid-December and mid-April. Students not registered for courses or thesis credit hours and planning to sit for the comprehensive examination in any semester must register for comprehensives (PPAD 5288) in that semester and pay tuition equivalent to one graduate credit hour.

Comprehensive examination may be repeated once. A student who fails the comprehensive examination a second time would be dismissed from the degree program after the end of the semester in which the examination was retaken.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must satisfy the university’s graduate admission requirements. Candidates for the MPP or DPP should have adequate preparation in quantitative analytic methods. Relevant professional experience is desirable but not required.

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Master of Public Policy include:
– Government relations manager
– Program analyst
– Program manager
– Public relations and marketing manager
– Consultant
– Community relations manager

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $18,964
Tuition Fees for International Students: $24,074

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 301,434EGP ($19107)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 382,650EGP ($24255)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $579 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Ghada Barsoum
Chair Department of Public Policy and Administration
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries