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MS Public Policy & Development

Program Overview

The MS Public Policy & Development is a one-year program which includes 24 credits coursework and 6 credit hours research. The coursework includes core and elective courses of which the core courses constitute 12 credit hours. The program employs a research-based pedagogy in all its courses.

Areas:Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Econometrics, Issues in Pakistan Economy, Taxation & Public Policy, Behavioral Economics, Institutional Economics.

Duration: 1.5 - 2 years, 3 semesters (including Summer)

Credits: 30

Career Paths: Researchers, Policy planners, Consultants, Academics, Senior Analyst, Content Developer

  • Scholarships

    Merit Scholarships

    25% on CGPA of 3.25
    50% on CGPA of 3.5
    75% on CGPA of 3.8

  • Program Objectives 

    • To encourage and enable students to complete an original thesis in the expected time.
    • To provide training and experience in fieldwork and across a variety of schools of economics and in a variety of statistical techniques.
    • To encourage knowledge of other relevant disciplines and the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach where appropriate.
    • To equip students with the ability to assess one another's work critically, whether in response to written or spoken presentation.
    • To ensure students experience a congenial and productive environment for the conduct of research through availability of a wide range of facilities and full participation in the intellectual life of the Department and School. Library facilities are outstanding and computing facilities are attuned to student needs.
    • To emphasize the relevance of research to theoretical, empirical and policy issues.
    • To draw upon the Department's particular strengths, especially its expertise in different approaches to economic problems and its experience in problems of development, specific regions, and comparative analysis.
    • To advise on publication and career progression.
  • Learning Outcomes

    After completing the MPhil in Development Economics, the students would be able to:

    • To equip students with the standard conceptual tools and language of the economics discipline and profession, so as to allow students to participate in contemporary global conversations and debates.
    • The courses are designed to allow students to participate in conversations and debates not only on the margins of the economics discipline, but also to converse with critical voices within the mainstream.
    • To equip students with the tools of quantitative and empirical analysis that allow them to contribute to policy making.
    • To allow students make a unique contribution to field of Development Economics in Pakistan and abroad.
  • Eligibility Criteria for Admissions

    Admission is purely merit-based and rests solely on the following criteria:
    16 years of education with a minimum 3.25 CGPA from recognized universities of Pakistan or abroad. Preferably a degree in Economics. Business graduates are welcome to apply if they can provide proof of having studied courses in Economics.
    For graduates of BNU a minimum of 3.0 CGPA is required. BNU BBA graduates are eligible to apply.

    Performance in the Admission Test
    Performance in the Interview

    Admission Test

    The main objective of the admission test is to gauge the applicants’ ability to cope with the rigor of the program in terms of language proficiency, logical reasoning, critical thinking and expressing ideas.


    The applicants are interviewed by the Admission Committee to evaluate their inquisitiveness and interest in the program, commitment and attitude towards learning, and their disposition of self-reflection.

  • Program Structure

    Fall Semester: Oct - Feb

    Course Title Number of Credits Hrs.
    Issues in Pakistan Economy (Core)
    Econometrics (Core)
    Advanced Microeconomics (Core)
    Taxation & Public Policy 

    Spring Semester: Feb - July

    Course Title  Number of Credits Hrs.
    Behavioral Economics 
    Advanced Macroeconomics (Core)
    Institutional Economics 
    Applied Economics and Financial Statistics

    Summer Semester: July – December

    Course Title Credit Hours
    Thesis Workshop with Dr. Hafiz Pasha
    Applied Economics and Financial Statistics 
    Trade & Development
    Game Theory and Information 
    Experimental Methods & Behavioral Economics (MBA)
  • Degree Requirement

    For the award of MPhil Development Economics degree, candidates will need to complete 24 hours of coursework and their thesis that constitutes of 6 credit hours. The minimum CGPA requirement for the award of MPhil degree is 2.5.

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