M.Sc Public Administration


M.Sc.Public Administration

Management Sciences Department African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja

The philosophy of African University of Science and Technology (AUST) is based on the application of education and knowledge for self-reliance and emancipation. The pedagogy emphasizes critical thinking analysis, synthesis and problem solving and multi-disciplinary studies towards solving Africa’s problems using Science and Technology. The department of Management Sciences is derived from this global philosophy of AUST, on the understanding that without proper management, science and engineering cannot function optimally. In addition, the philosophy is anchored on a multidisciplinary approach to ensuring that senior management (including scientists and engineers) in government and private sector are provided with humanities, management, administrative and policy making skills required to develop and implement efficient administration of large and complex organizations that will drive a new era of Africa’s renaissance and infrastructure for Energy, Transportation, Healthcare, Education, Manufacturing, Science and Technology, ICT, Communication, Agriculture, Minerals, Housing and Environment.


Following the above, MSc postgraduate studies in Public Administration is designed to give students with diverse backgrounds, including scientists and engineers with the knowledge and skills required to effectively develop and implement policies and manage and administer large scale organizations in a globalized economy continuously driven by technology. The programs therefore take into consideration the technology driven economy of today. The MSc program in Public Administration is designed to broaden and deepen the intellectual exposure of the student in core Public Administration courses so as to develop their capability to analyze and apply the skills and knowledge in solving public administration related problems in Africa. Ability to develop critical thinking and theoretical analysis for real life problems are encouraged. More emphasis is placed on the role of research in policy formulation and implementation. The MSc programme is designed to develop the students expertise in Public Administration and equip the student with the skills to tackle the numerous Public Administrative problems confronting Public Institutions in Africa in a globalized economy. Specifically, the objectives are: to develop the students’ skills in critical thinking and analysis, logical reasoning and research methodologies to improve their capacity to undertaking rigorous and quality research and to make effective inputs in the formulation and implementation of strategies for managing public institutions. The program is also designed to develop the students ‘expertise in the functional areas of Public Administration so that they may advance the frontiers of public administration theory and practice and enhance the contributions that Public Administration could make to nation building.

The MSc programme has 42 credit units made up of: ten core courses (3 credits each), three electives (2 credits each) and a Thesis (8 credits). The courses include: Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice; Organizational Theory and Behaviour; Pubic Enterprises Budget and Finance; Comparative Public Administration; Economics, Planning and Development; Administrative Law; Local Government Administration; E-Governance in Public Sector Administration; Research Methods and Communication; Quantitative Methods and Simulation; Development Administration Theory; Performance Measurement and Management; Public Personnel Management; International Administration; Development Planning, Project Preparation and Implementation; Intergovernmental relations.

Admission requirements for the MSc program include a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field with a second class upper (minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale and 3.5 on a 5 point scale). The candidate must obtain a minimum CGPA of 3.0 to graduate from the program. Program duration is 18 months. The program is very intensive and only well-motivated and prepared students are encouraged to apply. The courses are taught during weekend for 36 to 40 hours, including lectures and problem solving sessions. Details of the course outline are in the handbook. The Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Outcome Based Education (OBE) approaches are used in teaching.


For more details on course description, fees, faculty, visit: www.aust.edu.ng or send email to dap@aust.edu.ng