The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program equips students with a set of core skills in economics, quantitative methods, management, and politics allowing them to evaluate and respond to pressing global challenges.

The program offers professional and graduate degrees in the public sector and it prepares individuals to serve as managers, executives and policy analysts in the executive arm of local, state and provincial government, and increasingly in the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and nonprofit organizations arena.

The MPA is led by Prof. Valeriy Tertychka, Chair of Public Governance, Doctor of Public Administration. There were 15 new graduates of the Master’s Program in Public Administration in 2019.

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Testimonial from Anna Herashchenko, a doctor from Kharkiv oblast, graduate of the MPA:

(posted on social media in Ukrainian)

I have three children, hold a managerial position heading five villages, and was educated as a pediatrician. Two years ago my friends pushed me to apply to the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy for my second education in the field of Public Administration. Two years of constant travel to Kyiv. Studying on the weekends. Interesting, but very complex subjects on the history of state building, law, the legislation of both Ukraine and the EU, and the development of state policies. My master’s thesis on the topic of the strategic development of communities received 93 points out of 100.

I would like to not only brag about this (and I have a moral right to do so today), but also to inspire women who are not very confident in their abilities. After all, I constantly questioned my ability to make such a steep leap. I was sure that I would not be able to complete my master’s degree. I sometimes felt I wasn’t smart enough, or didn’t have the time, or should place all of my focus on my children and other problems.

But I did it! It indeed was difficult, but to study the disciplines relating to certain patterns of development of the state and society; to understand the theoretical basis of the field in which I work every day; to master new knowledge––I loved it! Women, just believe in your abilities! Do what you like doing, and everything will start happening for you. Children and life circumstances should not be the reasons to postpone your own personal development.

Thank you to everyone who was with me along the way for your support. Thank you to my classmates, our program chair Valeriy Tertychka, and to all professors at NaUKMA for helping me achieve at a level that is hard to reach (so it is so much more valuable), and for the atmosphere that cannot be forgotten.

 

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