Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Programme Description

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a program of high academic caliber. Designed for adult students aspiring to become leaders within the civil service, the MPA enables and empowers existing and prospective civil servants with the skills needed to excel and remain competitive in the field. Students acquire the academic and managerial skills needed to adapt to a perpetually evolving workplace, to successfully surmount challenges, and how to stay-on-top of innovations in the field.

An experiential academic approach underlies the program’s academic philosophy with student’s “on-the-job” practitioner experiences juxtaposed, analyzed and synthesized within the program’s existing curriculum.

This broader, holistic approach serves to both expand and deepen student’s knowledge of the managerial and political practices of the public sector.

Widely recognized as a complex field of study, The Master of Public Administration covers many subject areas:  Public sector organization, legislation & policy, fiscal & economic issues, human resource (personnel) management and sector intrinsic issues from the National & Regional Health, Education, Environment, Defense sectors, and issues relating to the European Union.

The program’s objectives are developing the requisite knowledge, understanding and abilities which foster the effective development and management of civil service sectors, in addition to an in-depth understanding of larger political pictures shaping the public sector as a whole.

Through these methods, the MPA equips and empowers its students with the analytical, reasoning, computational, and leadership skills required to excel within an ever evolving, and highly competitive field.

“The Neapolis University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) provides contemporary knowledge taught by highly acclaimed professors with long, distinguished careers abroad. Their professionalism and added “human-touch”, provide the key ingredients to meeting today’s professional challenges. Attending courses does not affect professional activity, and it is truly a privilege that they are conducted Paphos.”

Dr. Nikos Panagides Medical Officer 1st Class Pafos General Hospital

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) enrichens student’s knowledge whilst simultaneously providing the skills and aptitudes needed to either build or enhance an existing career in the public sector. Graduates of the programme leave equipped with the tools required to meet and overcome professional challenges. One of the program’s many fundamental strengths is its combination of academic theory with student’s own career experience.

Course Structure

The successful completion of the program requires students to attend eight (8) courses and author a successful dissertation. Courses are divided into four semesters, two per semester.

Dissertation

Student’s dissertations will be concerned with either unique problem solving methods, and/or sectoral politics of one or more public sector domains. The dissertation review board is comprised of field specialists working in collaboration with Neapolis University in Cyprus.

Student’s academic needs are cared for whilst establishing strong professional relationships between students, teachers and supervisors. These relationships often lead to future professional collaboration.

Students follow vital “Public Sector Themes: Open Seminars”, conducted on a regular basis by highly experienced specialists from the Cypriote public sector and abroad.

Career Prospects

“Neapolis University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) offers contemporary knowledge taught by highly acclaimed professors with long, distinguished careers abroad. Their professionalism and added “human-touch”, provide the key ingredients in meeting today’s professional challenges. Attending courses does not affect professional activity, and it is truly a privilege that they are conducted Paphos.”

Dr. Nikos Panagidis – Medical Practitioner 1st Class, Paphos General Hospital

Duration of studies

The duration of the program is 4 academic semesters. The language of instruction is 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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