• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The international MPA program provides a specialization in Public Administration, Public Management and Policy Studies at University of Haifa, which will prepare students to direct policymaking and manage public organizations in a changing and uncertain environment where economic, social and political dynamics constantly influence the daily operation of governments.

About

Modern democracies face complex challenges, which have only intensified in the recent decade. Functioning in complex external and internal environments, governments and public organizations have to constantly adapt themselves to changing conditions and find innovative ways and tools to analyze reality and manage public affairs effectively and fairly.

In recent years, many political systems have experienced significant crises and challenges that have transformed modes of governance. There are indications that public dissatisfaction with and mistrust of government is rapidly increasing, especially during the deep economic crisis of recent years. 

Social and economic concerns have become more and more acute in modern democracies as growing economic inequality encourages political inequality and triggers political unrest. This process accelerates due to ineffective government and the deterioration of public trust in government.

Hence, policy makers face complex demands and challenges, which call for intense and fundamental training and professionalization of skillful cadre. The accumulated knowledge and experience in the field of public affairs indicate quite strongly that the quality of public management and the strong position of bureaucratic structures are essential tools of better governance. 

Other means are reliable political systems that work, an effective media and auditing system that serves as a watchdog, a rational and non-biased decision-making system that relies on participatory communities, and formal procedures in government that implement the highest standards of professionalism. 

The MPA in Public Management and Policy Studies at University of Haifa establishes the theoretical foundations for policy analysis and for understanding the operative rationales of public organizations, but its focus is on professional tools to analyze and manage these areas. 

The program offers advanced tools for: decision making and policy design; analyzing political-economy dynamics both locally and globally; strategic management in complex and uncertain environment; analyzing international policies and challenges related to cyber security, immigration, climate change, financial relations and trade; developing leadership and innovation in public organizations; analyzing the tensions between values such as ethical behavior, procedural justice, accountability and responsibility, economic equality and efficiency. 

Many of these tools and areas interact with each other and hence the program emphasizes an integrative approach which allows students to choose appropriate means to handle situations from a rich and diverse tool box.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Policy analysis
  • Public administration and management
  • Political economy in international perspective
  • Global Public Leaders:  Organizations, leadership and innovation
  • Research workshop

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Duration description

      One-year program with an option for two-year thesis track.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    89

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  • Minimum required score:

    570

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

GPA: 80%, 3.0

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Accredited Undergraduate degree
  • 2 Recommendation Letters
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Purpose (up to 1,500 words)
  • Video interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9996 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Haifa

  • 2696 - 4350 ILS/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Some of the MA programs have a limited number of scholarships available for students based on financial need. Students who are in financial need are encouraged to submit an application. 

In addition to the University of Haifa need-based scholarship you can also submit applications to all other scholarship opportunities for which you are eligible (MASA, local Jewish Federation, etc.). 

Find out more by visiting the University website!

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