Master of Public Policy and Management

Master of Public Policy and Management

2 years
  • Fee:NPR 580,000

Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) is an innovative academic and professional program that deals with the wide range of public policy and public affairs to broaden the public policy perspectives and sharpen the management skills of public sector. 

The MPPM is designed for young and mid-career professionals currently working or seeking a career in public service, private sector, non-profit or other organizations. It aims to provide aspiring individuals with an opportunity to step outside of narrowly defined traditional lines of discipline, and understand and analyze complex public policy and governance issues through the multidisciplinary approach. 

Graduates completing the Master of Public Policy and Management will:

  • Critical understanding of the concepts of public policy and governance along with policy process and institutions in Nepali context,
  • A solid grasp of the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research and analytical methods to conduct in-depth policy analyses,
  • The ability to understand and analyze the complexities of policy problems, design and evaluate appropriate options, and synthesize and communicate to the relevant stakeholders, and
  • Strategic leadership and decision making to better manage and improve operating results ensuring higher efficiency and effectiveness of public sectors.

Salient Features

  • Hands on competencies related to policy formulation and its implimentation
  • Combination of research, practices, and pedagogy
  • Internship for rxposure in public policy and management
  • Policy capstone for synthesis of theory and experiences
  • Series of lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Cognitive and analytical skills in public policy
  • Understanding of carefully designed and thoughtful processess of lublic policy
  • Build critical pedagogy and reflective public policy practitioners and leaders in future
  • An impactful research career in public policy analysis and its execution


Candidates with Bachelor Degree of minimum three-year duration in any discipline, with at least 45 percent in aggregate or 2.0 CGPA (on 4.0 Scale).  

Candidates with Bachelor Degree of minimum two-year duration in any discipline coupled with six-year work experience with at least 40 percent in aggregate or 2.0 CGPA, from a university recognized by Kathmandu University.

Applicants of diverse academic background such as political science, social science, economics, journalism, law, business, and others are eligible to apply. Applicants having 1 to 3 years of work experience are given preference for admission.

Admission Criteria

In order to be enrolled into the program, applicants must clear an entrance exam and an interview. 10% of the seats are allocated for candidates from disadvantaged communities and an additional 10% for international applicants. 

Fifteen Government scholarships are available in MPPM program for Government of Nepal employees, who are nominated by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA/GoN). MoFAGA will communicate this information to all government organization through its own channel.

Job Prospects

MPPM provides learners in a wide range of activities and exposes them to the following competencies upon completion of the program:

critical grasp of the principles of public policy and governance, as well as policy process and institutions

a comprehensive understanding of the principles of qualitative and quantitative research and analytical approaches


Curricular Structure

Foundation Course: 4 Courses with 12 Credit

Course Title Credit Hours
PPM 501 Introduction to Public Policy 3
PPM 502 Political Economy and Legal System of Public Policy 3
MAS 561 Statistics for Public Policy 3
ECO 561 Economics for Public Policy 3

Core Course: 12 Courses with 36 Credit

Course Title Credit Hours
PPM 511 Policymaking in Comparative Perspective 3
PPM 512 Ethics and Governance for Public Management 3
PPM 513 Socio-cultural and Demographic Dimension of Public Policy 3
ACC 561 Government and Public Accounting 3
GEM561 Management of Public Institutions 3
HRM561 Human Resources Management 3
GEM561 Public Leadership and Organization Behavior 3
FIN561 Public Finance and Budgeting 3
PRJ561 Public Procurement, Policy, and System 3
MAS 562 Applied Statistics for Public Policy 3
MAS 563 Research and Qualitative Methods for Public Policy 3
PPM 514 Evidence based Policy and Planning 3

Concentration and Specialization 4 Courses with 12 Credit

Social Policy and Justice (SOJ) (7 Courses)

Course Title Credit Hours
SOJ 611 Comparative Approaches to Social Justice 3
SOJ 612 Social Justice and Social Policy 3
SOJ 613 Rural and Urban Underclass and Social Transformation 3
SOJ 614 Social Movement for Emancipatory Development 3
SOJ 615 Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Social Policy 3
SOJ 616 Sociological Inquiry for Public and Social Policy Implication 3
SOJ 617 Education and Social Policy 3

Federalism and Local Governance (FEG) (6 Courses)

Course Title Credit Hours
FEG 611 Regional Planning and Local Development 3
FEG 612 Land-Use Planning (Rural and Urban) 3
FEG 613 Dynamics of Rural and Urban and its transformation 3
FEG 614 Rural-Urban linkages and Governance 3
FEG 615 Fiscal Federalism and Governance 3
FEG 616 Political Economy of New Federal Governance (Federal, Provincial and local) 3

Development Policy (DEP) (8 courses)

Course Title Credit Hours
DEP 611 Issues in Sustainable Development 3
DEP 612 Comparative Development Policies and Practices 3
DEP 613 Poverty Alleviation-Issues and Policies 3
DEP 614 Economics of Development 3
DEP 615 Urban Development Policy 3
DEP 616 Rural Development Policy 3
DEP 617 The Political Economy of the Welfare State 3
PRJ 661 Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluations 3

Energy and Hydropower Policy (EHP) (5 courses)

Course Title Credit Hours
EHP 611 Hydropower Development Policy and Planning 3
EHP 612 Energy and Hydro Power Economics and Policy 3
EHP 613 Energy Markets, Pricing and Regional Power Trade 3
EHP 614 Energy Security Policies and Strategies 3
FIN 561 Project Financing and Management 3

Transport and Infrastructure Policy (TIP) (5 courses)

Course Title Credit Hours
TIP 611 Infrastructure Policy and Planning 3
TIP 612 Transport and Infrastructure Development: Issues and Strategies 3
TIP 613 Transport Planning, Economics and Policy 3
TIP 615 Public Governance and Transport Management 3
FIN 562 Project Financing and Management 3

Capstone (2 modules) Experiential Learning (Total 6 credit)

Course Title Credit Hours
PPM 721 Practicum or Internship on Public Policy Non Credit
PPM 761 Policy-In-Action ( Policy Capstone) 6
Total Credit 66Credit