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Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Programme Description

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for mature students and aims to provide high quality of study to recipients who aspire to become leaders in the field of Public Administration. Therefore, it is a programme offered to public workers with the necessary knowledge, so that they become able both to respond to changes required by the operation of modern public administration and to adapt to the challenges they encounter in the course of their working life.

The basic philosophy of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) is experiential approach to the study of Public Administration, where new knowledge and expertise gained through the experiences of participants through the study of real problems of everyday life. This approach helps students to broaden their knowledge and deepen both in management and policy processes.

It is known that studying Master of Public Administration (MPA) shows a remarkable degree of complexity because they have to cover different themes, such as operating (public policies, financial matters, human resources, etc), sector (Health, Education, Environment, Safety, region, etc.), and institutional aspects of the European Union. Thus, the core of this curriculum emphasizes the acquisition of the required knowledge and expertise necessary for the effective development and management of the resources available in the Public Sector and understanding of major policy issues that stem from the implemented policy and fixed administrative objectives. In this way students of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) are equipped with the technical, analytical and calculative specifications and leadership skills in order to strengthen their ability to make decisions in a constantly evolving and competitive economic environment.

“The Master of Public Administration (MPA) of Neapolis offers Contemporary Knowledge, Focused in Public Administration from distinguished faculty with extensive academic records from abroad. The professionalism with the human approach equips the student for managing modern business challenges. Attendance of lectures does not affect professional activity and is really a privilege that is taking place in Pafos.”
Dr. Nikos Panagides Medical Officer 1st Class Pafos General Hospital

For successful completion of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) students are required to attend eight (8) courses and to write one dissertation. The courses are divided into four semesters, two courses per semester.

Dissertation

The Dissertation takes the form of solving specific problems that students face in their work and/or relates to sectoral policies that are part of the operation of the Public Sector. The work is supervised by scientific experts, whose involvement has ensured the Neapolis University.

Thus provided a special care to the student and develops a closer relationship between him and his supervisor/expert, which may even lead to future cooperation.

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to attend seminars on cutting-edge issues related to Public Administration, under the Open Public Affairs Management Seminar, which will be conducted at regular intervals by distinguished experts and Public Administration member from both the interior and abroad who will be invited specifically for this purpose.

Career Prospects

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) enriches the academic interests of students and strengthens their skills so that they themselves can create a career in the public service and to meet the challenges of such a career. Linking theory and practice is one of the main subjects of the postgraduate program.

Duration of studies

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) lasts four semesters. Courses are taught in Greek.


Specializations

General Administration

Those who choose the following courses that are offered in the third and fourth semester of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) can specialize in ”General Administration”:

  • Management of the Public Sector
  • Strategic Planning and Effectiveness in the Public Sector
  • Planning Public Policy: Evaluation and Implementation

The Postgraduate Programme in General Management Officers is addressed to the narrow public sector, Parastatals, Independent Agencies, Local Authorities etc. This Specialization aims to create functional officers to the changes of the General Administration and adapt to new demands and challenges imposed by the prevailing conditions.

The Programme aims to provide high quality of study and is taught by Cypriot and foreign Greek-speaking teachers.

The curriculum of this Specialization covers different thematic fields related to public policies, financial matters, human resources, health, education, environment, safety, EU matters etc. For this reason, the theme of this programme was designed in a way that explores the basics of Public Administration and Public Policy at these multiple levels and prepares students to assume ever increasing (and complex) responsibilities in the field of Public Administration.

Public Educational Administration

Those students who wish to follow this specialization of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) have to attend the following courses, which are taught in the third and fourth semester:

  • Administration and Management of School Units
  • Communication and Cooperation at School
  • Planning and Development of Analytical Curricula

This Specialization is aimed at teachers of public and private sector. It aims to create officers responsive to the changes of Educational Administration and adaptable to the challenges they encounter during their professional life.

The Programme aims to provide high quality of study and covers areas relating to public policies, financial matters, human resources and issues of health, environment and education policy of the European Union. For this reason, the theme of this programme was designed in a way that explores the basics of Educational Administration and Public Policy at these multiple levels and prepares students to take a leading role in Educational Sector.

Management of Public Health Care

Those who choose the following courses that are offered in the third and fourth semester of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) can follow the Specialization of “Management of Public Health Care”:

  • Systems of Health and Health Policies
  • Applied Methods of Organization and Management for Health Services
  • Administration and Management of Health Services

The Postgraduate Programme in Healthcare Management is aimed at physicians, nurses, administrators, health units, executives from within the health sector public and private sector. It aims to create officers, responsive to the changes in Healthcare Management and adapt to the challenges they encounter during their careers.

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) provides high-quality studies covering different thematic areas relating to the health sector, such as functionality and administration of hospitals, family public policies, financial matters, human resources, and issues of the European Union. For this reason, the subjects of this programme were designed in a way that explores the basics of relationship management of Health Units and certain Public Policies.

 

First Semester

  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Financial Management for Public Sector

Second Semester

  • Leadership and Organizational Behaviour in the Public Sector
  • Managing Financial Resources in the Public Sector

Third Semester

  • Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
  • Electives*

Fourth Semester

  • Electives*
  • Electives*

*The electives in the Master Public Administration are leading in specializations (General Administration, Educational Administration or Healthcare Management), as chosen by the student at the beginning of the third semester of study.

The Course Structure of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) is as following

CodeCourse TitleECTS

Semester: 1

MPA500Introduction to Public Administration 7.5
MPA510Financial Management for Public Sector7.5

Semester: 2

MPA520Leadership and Organizational Behaviour in the Public Sector 7.5
MPA530Financial Resources Management in the Public Sector7.5

Semester: 3

MPA540 Human Resource Management in the Public Sector7.5
MPA550 Public Sector Management7.5

Semester: 4

ΜΡΑ570Planning Public Policy Evaluation and Implementation 7.5
MRA560 Strategic Planning and Effectiveness
of the Public Sector
7.5
MRA600 Dissertation30.0
90.0

Electives *:

ΜΡΑ601 Principles of Management and Administration of Health Services 7.5
MRA604 Communication and Collaboration in School Units7.5
MRA602 Applied Methods of Organization and Management
Of Health Services
7.5
MRA603 Health Systems and Health Policy7.5
MRA605 School Administration and Management7.5
MRA606 Design and Development of Detailed programs7.5
* Possibility of replacing two compulsory courses with 2 electives

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