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 School of Government (KSG). 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.

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The course shall be conducted by way of lectures, tutorials, seminars, continous assessment tests, presentations, examinations, and project or thesis writing (depending on the option taken).

The Master in Public Administration program shall consist of either of the two options listed below and the candidate shall select one of the options.

The common regulations for the Masters degree in the Faculty of Arts, University of Nairobi shall apply.

- The following shall be eligible for admission into the Master in Public Administration.

1    A holders of a Bachelor degree of at least Upper Second Class (Honours) in any field from University of Nairobi or from an equivalent institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.

2    A holders of a Bachelor degree with a Lower Second Class (Honours) or an equivalent qualification recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate with at least two years working experience.

3    A holders of a Bachelor degree with a pass or an equivalent qualification from the university of Nairobi or an equivalent institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate may be considered for admission if: (a) he/she has at least five years of relevant experience, or: (b) has a post-graduate diploma in a relevant field from an institution recognized by the senate

Credit Transfers

A candidate, on the recommendation of the Board of Post –Graduate Studies and approved by senate may be allowed to transfer up-to a maximum of one third course units offered in the program.

Applicants seeking transfer of credit shall:

1       Send a formal application to the Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies, through   Dean, Faculty of Arts, seeking transfer of credits; justification of the request and           evidence of credentials which would support such a request shall be attached to the   application.   

2       Pay the prescribed fees for transfer of credits before the application is processed.

3       Only be allowed to transfer units which are equivalent to the same level offered at

       the University of Nairobi.

TUITION 27,000  
EXAMINATION (PER UNIT @1000) 1,000  
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000  
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000  
    Semester totals
Sem1 2 units 85,750
  3 units 113,750
  4 units 141,750
    Semester totals
Sem2 ,3,5 or 6 1 unit 30,250
  2 units 58,250
  3 units 86,250
  4 units 114,250
    Semester totals
Sem4, 7, or 10 1 unit 52,750
  2 units 80,750
  3 units 108,750
  4 units 136,750
Project =4units    
Project in sems 4 or 7   166,750
Other sems   144,250
Sem1 4 units 141,750
Sem2 4 units 114,250
Sem3 4 units 114,250
Sem4 PROJECT 166,750
Totals   537,000