Access to excellent research guidance is crucial for the success of any graduate degree program. Over the past 57 years, PIDE has earned an international reputation for its high-quality research on critical development issues. PIDE is the home of The Pakistan development review, which is recognized as a leading international journal in economics and social sciences. The Advisory Board of the Institute consists of world-renowned economists including Nobel Laureates Robert Mundell and Lawrence Klein. With over 60 researchers employed at PIDE and a number of them holding PhD from top-ranked foreign universities, the research- guidance that the Institute provides to her students is unmatched. It is this kind of faculty which will be teaching courses in Public Policy program.

The Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) is housed at PIDE and offers students and researchers a forum for discussing economic issues of the day. The 3-day annual conference that the PSDE organizes is the largest gathering of economists and social scientist in Pakistan with over 600 participants. Students of PIDE get an opportunity to attend and even participate in these annual conferences. The conferences, besides offering an excellent learning opportunity also allow the students networking opportunities which often prove invaluable in developing joint research projects and at times in securing employment.

The MS in Public Policy (MSPP) is a rigorous two-year program that targets individuals with 16 years of education. Prospective students from all disciplines are welcome to enrol for the programme. The program is intended to serve the needs of individuals intending to join the ranks of policymakers, managers, administrators, politicians and development practitioners in not just the government, but private sector and international organizations as well.
A comprehensive coursework, practical exercises and field work will equip the students with the toolkit necessary to not only understand policy problems but solve them as well.This would be a two year (52 credit hours) program. The course work would include 8 core courses (3 credit hour each), 4 electives (3 credit hour each), summer internship (3 credit hour) and an applied Project. The students would be expected to complete the course work in 3 semesters. They will be required to devote the 4th semester to undertaking an applied project under the supervision of the PSSP’s faculty. The students are also expected to undergo summer internship at some organization. While working at the organization they are expected to critically examine the organization’s policy processes, identify the quality of processes and if required, suggest reforms in the light of their training at the PSPP. All this is to be done in the form of an internship report.
The following is the broad structure of the program. Most of the courses will be evidence based with the topic discussed being supplemented with true cases/applied research:

Fall Year 1

(Semester 1)

Spring Year 1

(Semester 2)






Summer Internship

Fall Year 2*

(Semester 3)

Spring year 2

(Semester 4)

Microeconomics for Public Policy

Macroeconomics for Public Policy

Elective 1

Elective 4


Issues in Public Policy

Governance and Institutions

Elective 2





Power, Politics and Policy Process

Network Governance

Elective 3

Quantitative Analysis

Qualitative Analysis

Project Proposal

*Some of the electives would be seminar based.


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