Master of Public Administration | Tribhuvan University

Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a two year program of Faculty of management, Tribhuvan University (T.U). This course has been on the semester system from 2015 A.D in the supervision of Tribhuvan University. Though, full phase of this master level course was introduced in 1979 A.D. Initially, this master level course was introduced as a one year course with the aim of providing training to second class gazette officers. But, in this modern era, this master degree course is available to almost everyone who is willing to study this master program. Similarly, this course is also available to those who want to understand the bureaucratic mechanism, administration framework of public sector, etc., can study this subject. The course of MPA is divided into core courses, for example, analytical and professional development, specialization courses in order to facilitate effective teaching and learning process. Students can make sensible  decision to choose any one of those master programs as development Management, Human Resource Management, Local Governance and Development, Civil Society Governance, Public Policy, etc.

List of Master of Public Administration Colleges

Below is the list of colleges for Master of Public Administration program under Tribhuvan University in Nepal.

Objectives of Master of Public Administration

The main objectives of MPA program are as follows:

  • To provide students the genuine knowledge of how things run in administrative areas in the sectors of an economy.
  • To upgrade students into efficient administrators, managers, policy makers, etc. having capability to rise and shine not only nationally but also internationally.
  • To provide students the knowledge of research and its importance in the policy formulation so that they will help to uplift the country for betterment.
  • To develop passion and interest in student’s to continue further study after this master program and to help students for their professional development.

Admission Requirements in Master of Public Administration


The aspirants who want to join this MPA course must have to complete Bachelor's degree in any discipline affiliated to either Tribhuvan University (T.U) or from any other Universities recognized by T.U. If students meet this criteria then they are eligible in applying for master of this program.

Entrance exam:

  • Candidates must have to appear in the entrance test examination conducted by the Faculty of Management (FOM) of Tribhuvan University earlier than getting admission.
  • Questions in entrance are asked from: Verbal ability, quantitative ability, logical reasoning, administrative and general awareness as well as short essays too.
  • FOM issues a score-sheet to each student appearing in the Entrance Test.
  • Merit list is published and students are enrolled in master of this program on the basis of merit list.

Below is the detailed TU Master of Public Administration Syllabus.

1st Year

  • PA 500: Fundamentals of Public Administration
  • PA 510: Research Methods in Public Administration
  • PA 520: Development Administration
  • PA 530: Public Personnel Administration and Organization Behavior
  • PA 540: Public Financial Administration
  • PA 550: Administrative Law

Below is the detailed TU Master of Public Administration Syllabus.

2nd Year

  • PA 600: Public Policy Analysis
  • PA 610: Public Enterprise Management and Social Responsibility
  • PA 620: International Administration
  • PA 630: Contemporary Issues in Public Affairs Management

Scope and Career Prospects

The Public administration is more important in the country like Nepal, where performance of bureaucracy is below average. Nepal lacks the efficient and honest public administrator as a result our country always performs very poor in socio-economic indicator. The students having good knowledge and expertise in public administration is needed to show the general tendency of public sector to the people. As a master degree graduates from MPA, graduates have high chance of performing better in the exam of public service. Moreover, graduates can work as the managers and administrators in any sectors. They can also work as analyst, advisor, policy maker, supervisor, etc. in various governmental and non-governmental organizations. They can also work as the researcher researching in various issues related to public and private sector. Mater degree in this MPA course is also helpful for the students who are seeking opportunity to continue their studies in abroad. Moreover, graduates can also choose academic line after the study.

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