Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is based on a needs assessment of the transversal knowledge requirements of executive level officers of the public service.Most public servants belong to a transferable service. They have to,therefore, acquire transversal knowledge, which could hold them in good stead in any assignment. Such knowledge has to be reinforced by institution-specific knowledge but the former facilitates creative application of the latter. The MPA program caters to the transversal knowledge requirements.
The course content flows from the concept of the new public service paradigm, which has development promotion as it’s principal function. The other aspect, which is the service delivery function, is mostly subsumed in the development function; yet a few course modules have been introduced to address separately some of its specific issues. The focus of the course structure, one might observe, is heavily weighted in favor of planning: macro, sectoral and project. That is because the principal instrument of performing the development function is planning, which also includes progress monitoring and impact assessment.
A novel course delivery system is adopted employing techniques of blended learning, combining distance education with the traditional ‘face-to- face’ method. The main reason is that busy public servants cannot be away from their work desks too long, and must be able to follow lessons when time permits. They also work in different geographical locations. As a result, the traditional classroom lecture based method becomes very restrictive. Yet, group learning has many advantages, since it allows cross-fertilization of ideas and promotes creative learning. This is the rationale of the blended learning methodology that is adopted in the course delivery system under the MPA program.


    • Current Locations
      Colombo, Jaffna, Vavuniya, Trincomalee
    • Proposed Locations
      Kandy, Badulla, Galle
    • Required Courses
        • MPA 500 Concepts of Development
        • MPA 501 The Role of the Public Service
        • MPA 502 Macro-economic Framework
        • MPA 503 Development Planning
        • MPA 504 Sectoral Planning
        • MPA 505 Cross-cutting Issues of Development
        • MPA 506 The Government Budget and Fiscal Policy
        • MPA 507 Managing Organizations
        • MPA 508 Human Resource Management
        • MPA 509 Service Chain Management
        • MPA 510 Effective Communication
        • MPA 511 Management Information Systems
        • MPA 512 Project Preparation and Appraisal
        • MPA 513 Project Management and Evaluation
        • MPA 514 Management for Development Results
        • MPA 515 Public Accounting and Cost Management
        • MPA 516 Managerial Leadership
        • MPA 517 Law Relating to Public Administration

      Comprehensive Evaluation

        • MPA 530 Comprehensive Examination I
        • MPA 531 Comprehensive Examination II

      Research and Skills

        • MPA 550 Skills Project
        • MPA 551 Policy Paper


      • MPA 520 Issues in Provincial Administration
      • MPA 521 Developments in Local Government
      • MPA 522 International Trade and Cooperation
      • MPA 523 Basic Statistics for Public Management
      • MPA 524 Public Sector – Private Sector Relations
      • MPA 525 Regulation: Policy and Practice
  • Course Duration (MPA): 24 Months
  • English Training (Prior to the main course): 3 months
  • For Further Information

    Mr. Sohan Harsha Fernando
    Tel. : 011 – 5740 282 (Dir.), 011 – 2689 639 / 42 (Gen.)
    Fax. : 011 – 2689 643
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