The Master of Public Administration (MPA) programme is designed to benefit and tap the experiences of practitioners currently working in the Kenyan public service and from other organisations. The programme also targets public servants and other interested individuals from other countries in the region and beyond.  As a needs-based programme, it enables students to acquire requisite knowledge and skills to improve their performance in public service and develop insights and skills needed to plan, formulate, execute policy, as well as to monitor and evaluate.

The programme has been developed in consultation with the key stakeholders in Kenya’s public service, namely the Ministry of State for Public Service and the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA).  The programme shall be jointly coordinated by the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of Nairobi and the KIA.  KIA has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University to that effect.  For purposes of quality assurance, the programme shall be run in conformity with regulations governing University of Nairobi academic programmes.

The MPA programme has been developed in response to the increasing demand for an efficient, effective, accountable and representative public service in light of the fast changing economic, social and political environment in Kenya and in the international milieu.  Indeed, in the past decade, many public sector reforms have been initiated and implemented with a view to making public service instrumental in making the country positively adjust to the new demands generated by changes in the domestic and international arena.  In particular, the successful implementation of the Kenya Constitution  2010, Vision 2030 and the all-important documents that now form the basis for development policy making and implementation, depends, to a large extent, on the public service.  As Kenyans endeavour to fulfill vision 2030, there is the need to retrain and re-equip the current crop of officers as well as those who have just joined or intend to join the service with the necessary conceptual and analytical tools to analyse, formulate and conduct policies.




Title Course Codesort icon Course Hours Semester Year
Administrative Theory and Behavior* CPA 601 45
Human Resource Management and Development* CPA 602 45
Public Sector Procurement Management CPA 603 45
Public Budgeting and Financial Administration* CPA 604 45
Organizational Theory and Behaviour CPA 605 45
Strategic Leadership and Management CPA 606 45
Project Management CPA 607 45
Public Sector Reforms CPA 608 45
Strategic and National Security Studies CPA 609 45
Advanced Public Policy Analysis* CPA 610 45
Regional Integration CPA 611 45
Research Methods CPA 612 45
Seminar on Constitutionalism, Governance and Politics in Kenya CPA 613 45
International Political Economy* CPA 614 45
Management of Devolved Governments CPA 615 45
Accounting for Public Administration CPA 616 45
Disaster and Relief Management CPA 617 45
Administrative Law CPA 618 45
Seminar in Governance, Democracy & Human Rights CPA 619 45
Development Administration* CPA 620 45
Conflict Management and Resolution CPA 621 45
Monitoring and Evaluation of Development Programmes CPA 622 45
Public Sector Management Information Systems CPA 623 45
Environment and Development CPA 624 45
Gender and Development CPA 625 45
Comparative Administrative Systems CPA 626 45
Fundamentals of Economics CPA 627 45
Research Project CPA 698 180
Thesis CPA 699 360