The KSPP’s Master of Public Policy is a two-year full-time program that aims to enable and empower future policy leaders and professionals within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and globally by equipping them with the analytical, and leadership skills needed to address the most pressing domestic and international public policy challenges.

The program will be delivered through 13 courses and a total of 42 credit hours. The core courses combine full semester courses, application-based short courses, and policy practicum. Students have the opportunity to choose one of the following three concentration areas.

Three Concentration Areas

1. Public Sector Management and Leadership
Students who choose this concentration will gain the skills necessary to lead and manage organizations through dynamic and challenging times. Through both theory and application, students will learn how good leadership and effective management shape policies and promote social change.

2. Data Analytics
Students will gain a working understanding of how to address public policy issues using a wide range of different types of data. Using a hands-on approach, they will learn how data is sorted, stored, protected, and analyzed to derive and communicate valuable information for optimal policymaking.

3. Energy and Climate Policy
Building on the extensive expertise of KAPSARC, this concentration provides students with the analytical and substantive knowledge to take on the environmental challenges of our time and develop practical and sustainable solutions. Students will learn how energy sources are developed, leveraged, regulated, and financed and how policies affect all aspects of energy development, deployment and climate transitions.

Admission Requirements

  • Academic Qualification
    Bachelor’s degree from a recognized academic institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or 3.75 (on a 5.0 scale).
  • Academic Background
    While application is open to all academic backgrounds, evidence of quantitative and analytical skills through coursework and/or professional experience is required.
  • Work Experience
    Professional experience is preferred but not required, successful applicants typically have at least 1 or 2 years of professional work experience.
  • Recommendation Letters
    Three recommendation letters to be submitted through the online application process by individuals familiar with your academic and/or professional background.
  • Personal Statement
    A 300-500 words personal statement articulating your motivation to pursue graduate studies in public policy and how it relates to your professional objectives and aspirations.
  • Essay
    A policy brief essay of 500 words in a pressing policy issue.
  • Resume
    A recent resume, one to two pages highlighting your work experience, educational background, community service, and any other relevant information.
  • English Language Proficiency
    A proof of English language proficiency, as evidenced by:

    1. TOEFL-iBT: minimum score of 79
    2. IELTS Academic: minimum score of 6.5

    *Native English speakers and applicants who obtained a Bachelor’s degree from an institution in a country whose native language is English are exempt from the English Proficiency Test.
    *Please note that TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years and should be valid for your application.
  • GMAT or GRE Test Score
    Information about GRE and TOEFL test dates, locations, and registration procedures is published by the Educational Testing Service. Similar information about the GMAT is published by the Graduate Management Admission Council. Information about IELTS test dates, locations, and procedures is published on their website.

To register your interest in the program and receive updates regarding the registration dates, please fill out the form