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Master of Public Policy

Unlock your potential with our transformative Master of Public Policy program and pave the way for a successful career in public policy.

Master of Public Policy

Unlock your potential with our transformative Master of Public Policy program and pave the way for a successful career in public policy.

Program overview

The KSPP’s Master of Public Policy is a two-year full-time program that aims to enable and empower future policy leaders and professionals within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and globally by equipping them with the analytical, and leadership skills needed to address the most pressing domestic and international public policy challenges.

The program will be delivered through 13 courses and a total of 42 credit hours. The core courses combine full semester courses, application-based short courses, and policy practicum. Students have the opportunity to choose one of three concentration areas.

Location

In-person

Language

English

Duration

2 years

Class Schedule

Evenings

Program Fees

SAR 150,000

Program Start Date

Sept 1, 2024

Application Deadline

June 29, 2024

Your journey begins here!

The Master of Public Policy aims to equip public policy professionals and leaders with the analytical and leadership skills to tackle complex policy challenges.

Curriculum

Explore our meticulously crafted curriculum and gain a comprehensive understanding of our Master of Public Policy program.

  • YEAR 1

  • YEAR 2

SEMESTER 1 (SEPTEMBER- DECEMBER)

Economic Foundations for Public Policy

Core course | 3 credits

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The course will provide the economic framework for understanding public policies, the basic principles of economics as a discipline and they will develop a basic understanding of the application of economic tools to public policy issues.

Policy Design and Monitoring

Core course | 3 credits

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The course will analyze the consequences of different policy designs on public welfare and well-being and will describe strategies for designing policies including implementing pilot programs, techniques for scaling programs from pilots, and how to iterate and innovate policies that already exist.

Law and Governance for Policy Professionals

Core course | 3 credits

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The course will provide an introduction to legal terminology and decision making, the formal process of adjudication and the role of law and the courts in policy making and implementation. The course will develop core legal skills such as legal argumentation and interpretation and will emphasize international constraints and norms as they impact local laws and governance.

Fundamentals for Effective Public Policy 1

Core course | 1 credit

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A required series of 4 short courses intended to provide an introduction to applied skills necessary for professional policy makers.

SEMESTER 2 (JANUARY - MAY)

Methods and Tools for Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Core course | 3 credits

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The course will provide working knowledge of key terms and concepts associated with econometric models, be able to interpret and analyze different types of policy relevant data and be able to appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different quantitative and qualitative approaches to data.

Concentration Course 1

Core course | 3 credits

Elective Course 1

Elective course | 3 credits

Fundamentals for Effective Public Policy 2

Core course | 1 credit

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A required series of 4 short courses intended to provide an introduction to applied skills necessary for professional policy makers.

INTERNSHIP

Internship

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Internship non-credit, but mandatory for students with no prior work experience

Program concentrations

Students have the opportunity to choose one of the following three concentration areas.

Data analytics

  • Public Sector Management and Leadership

  • Data Analytics

  • Energy and Climate Policy

Public Sector Management and Leadership

Students who choose this concentration will gain the skills necessary to lead and manage organizations through dynamic and challenging times. Through both theory and application, students will learn how good leadership and effective management shape policies and promote social change.

1.Public Sector Management And Leadership (1)

Faculty

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Chrysostomos Tabakis

Chrysostomos Tabakis is a Professor of Economics at KSPP. His research mainly focuses on international trade policy. His work has been published in leading international journals, such as Journal of International Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, and Economic Inquiry. Tabakis holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University. Before joining KSPP, Tabakis was a Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management and the Leader of its Conflict and Development Lab, an Assistant Professor at the Nova School of Business and Economics, and a Visiting Faculty member at the Athens University of Economics and Business and the University of Cyprus. In addition, he has been an International Faculty Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Short-Term Consultant at the World Bank.

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Rafael Leal Arcas

Rafael Arcas is a Professor of Law and Public Policy at KSPP. He conducts analysis at the crossroads of various issue-areas (such as EU external relations, international trade, investment, climate change, and energy) from an interdisciplinary perspective at the national, supranational, and international levels. He completed his graduate legal education with a PhD and four Master’s degrees: (i) a JSM from Stanford Law School, (ii) an LLM from Columbia Law School (where he obtained the Parker School Certificate for Achievement in International and Comparative Law), (iii) an MPhil from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and (iv) a PhD as well as (v) an MA in legal research from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).

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Emre Hatipoglu

Emre Hatipoglu is an Associate Professor of International Relations at KSPP. He has published extensively on energy policy, foreign policy, economic sanctions, international conflict, and politics of social media. His current research project assesses how geopolitical events (e.g., international conflict, economic sanctions, international treaties) and global energy markets interact. His work has been published in various scientific journals, such as Energy Economics, Energy Research and Social Science, Journal of Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Defense and Peace Economics, among others. Emre holds a PhD in political science from Penn State University.

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Frequently asked questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about our Master of Public Policy program. 

What is the duration of the MPP program?

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The KSPP Masters of Public Policy program is a two-year full-time program that is delivered in 42 credit hours and 13 courses.

Can I be enrolled part-time?

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No, students must be enrolled full-time.

What concentrations are available?

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Students have to choose one of the three concentration areas detailed on the MPP page.

Is an internship required for graduation?

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Internships are non-credit and mandatory for students with no prior work experience

Is there a capstone project?

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Yes, students will work in groups under the supervision of a faculty member with a client organization to develop solutions for a public policy problem or a management issue defined by the client.

Do you offer online/hybrid classes?

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All classes are in-person.