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Master of Public Administration - Unicaf University Zambia, MPA

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This Master’s programme is in compliance with Zambia’s current national strategic focus on the gradual development of higher education. Drawing on Zambia’s Education for All 2015 National Review, the 7th National Development Plan and the SADC Protocol on Education and Training, and complying with Unicaf University’s principles, the MPA will contribute in broadening access and participation to high quality relevant education, with the efficiency and effectiveness of modern education delivery systems. Since the education sector has vastly been embracing the potentials of online learning in the area of education, the MPA is offering improved content delivery.

During this course, students will be able to study advanced principles of public management processes and concepts. They will gain profound knowledge of management and administration procedures and be equipped with skills that will render them able to successfully function in managerial positions in the field.

The course will enable students to become efficiently equipped with all necessary skills and knowledge in order to advance in the field of Public Administration, both in the local level, according to Zambia’s needs, and on an international level – if desired.

Aims of the Programme
The MPA aims to equip students with an ability to deploy skills and understanding in a range of contemporary issues surrounding the applications of public administration, through techniques of critical analysis, reflection and evaluation, complying with the pronounced educational long term goals of Zambia that focus on the development of individual learners in holistic manner that address their developmental needs, affective and psychomotor skills.
Moreover, equally important aims are the promotion of clarity of thought, knowledge of the possibility and limits of application public administration in local and international work environments, the capacity to explore issues, and present positions, in a structured and methodical way as well as the capacity to recognise and accommodate insights from a variety of sources. In other words, the meaningful acquisition of relevant skills and knowledge to enable students to meet challenges and lead individual fruitful lives, while empowering them to contribute to the sustainable development of their immediate environment.

Objectives of the Programme
The MPA is a contribution in the attempt to reinforce and enhance the ‘weak decentralised administrative and fiscal system of governance’ (7th NDP, p. 96), as the programme invests in students, enhancing the quality and future of the human resources and capital of Zambia, by developing their knowledge and skills needed for successful and strategic, local oriented leadership performance, within the context of the 7th National Development Plan and the SADC Protocol on Education and Training. The programme is in compliance with section 10.4, ‘Development Outcome 2: Improved education and skills development’ of the 7th NDP, and the ‘Professional Development’ commitment in the SADC Protocol on Education and Training, as it offers access to professional, high quality, equitable, inclusive and improved education, as well as skills development to future Zambian workforce.

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Entry requirements

The general admission requirements for entry to Unicaf University Zambia Master degree programmes are as outlined below.  Students are advised to contact the Office of Admissions to find out more about the range of equivalent international academic qualifications accepted.

  • Admission to a Master’s degree programme requires an accredited Bachelor degree or international equivalent.  Related professional qualifications at the appropriate level will also be considered for entry.
  • Students with an accredited Master’s degree will also be considered for entry.
  • Recognized proof of English proficiency if the Bachelor degree was not taught in the English language
  • A Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose (minimum 500 words)
  • Current CV
  • One official letter of recommendation (either academic or professional)
  • Copy of valid passport of national ID

In addition to a strong academic record, extra-curricular activities, leadership skills and other relevant background information are taken into account.

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The story of Emmanuel Okoli

“During my studies, I learned how to think and write scientifically, research independently, use several resources and evaluate the right information. The MSc Organisational Psychology programme has helped me to widen my knowledge of human behaviour in the workplace. I developed evaluative, research, interpersonal, and analytical skills necessary for pursuing my doctoral studies. It has also broadened my view of workplace communication, relationships, interactions, leadership, management, and organisational culture. I acquired skills that will prepare me for the challenges that lie ahead.

After graduation in 2020 with an MSc in Organisational Psychology, I immediately applied for a PhD programme in the USA. Undoubtedly, my Master’s degree from Unicaf University was my gateway to living and studying abroad. 

Finally, I  honestly feel that this would not have been possible without Unicaf University and its scholarship programme. I strongly advise you never to lose sight of your dreams. Seize this opportunity and apply for studies at Unicaf University to gain quality education and internationally recognised qualifications that can open a path to a prosperous career.”  

Emmanuel Okoli, Nigeria - MSc in Organisational Psychology, Unicaf University in Malawi 

The story of Shirley Amimo

“My Unicaf experience has been excellent so far, and the Liverpool John Moores University online Master’s programme that I have enrolled in was the best choice I have made this year. I was fortunate enough to get a generous scholarship and good guidance from my Unicaf student adviser, which, I must say, has lifted a huge burden off my shoulders. Anyone who has not tried Unicaf is missing out on getting an international quality education at an affordable cost. Online learning is very convenient, especially for people like me, who cannot attend on-campus classes or travel abroad to study.” 

Shirley Amimo, South Sudan - MA in International Relations, Liverpool John Moores University

The story of Mohamed Shaban EL Hamshary

“After receiving my PMP Certification and after participating in many managerial committees inside ELSEWEDY – Electric, decided to expand my managerial knowledge and skills by studying for an MBA degree with a reputable British University such as the East London University. I was able to earn a British MBA online, at an affordable cost and without putting my career on hold, thanks to the Unicaf Scholarship Programme.”

Mohamed Shaban EL Hamshary, Egypt - MBA, University of East London

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