Masters in Public Administration and Management - MPA&M - 2023/24 (Online Mode) -Weekend Programme


Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Colombo.   View map

Next Intake 2024


Masters of Public Administration and Management (MPA & M) is a distinctive and innovative program which provides the opportunity to gain knowledge, analyze and practice to appreciate public administration in relation to the public sector organizations and conducts with broader societal and economic development aspects of modern Sri Lankan society. A distinguishing feature of the program is its multi-disciplinary and holistic approach: the courses are treated both from an applied and a theoretical perspective with specific and applicable models, methodologies and insights from a variety of core disciplines such as finance, governance, procurement and other related discipline applicable to field of public administration and management are included.

The program is especially deigned to offer the opportunity to learn through experience and Shared learning with other students, with program more with deeper understanding of related theories and practices. The program aims at developing knowledge of a wider spectrum of topics In public administration especially in public sector establishments with especial focus on; public sector management, how public sector operates, procurement and other legislative practices and project management initiatives will be considered with challenges to be faced with acceptable credentials. Further, the program aims to develop understanding of relevant approaches and elements of undertaking a research enquiry in the field of public administration. In all, the program attempts to educate its participants how public administration is shaped in local and international context with the development of social, technological and political influences.
In general, it focuses on:

  • Appreciation of the public sector operations and related development and in enhancing performance expectations.
  • Recognition of the aims, practices and implications of public administration and management.
  • Awareness of legal aspects of public administration and management.
  • Awareness of the issues arising in local and global public administration and management in a holistic perspective.

Semester I

MPAM 6101 – Public Administration and Governance
MPAM 6102 – Financial Management
MPAM 6103 – Project Management
MPAM 6104 – Strategic Management

Semester II

MPAM 6205 – Public Procurement Management
MPAM 6206 – Information Systems Management
MPAM 6207 – Research Methods
MPAM 6208 – Independent Study

By-law of MPA

  • Duration: One year
  • Mode of Teaching: Online
  • Weekend Programme
  • SLQF level: 9
  • Number of Credits: 30
  • Medium of Instructions: English
  • A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized University / Institution in Public Administration; OR
  • Any other Bachelor’s degree, with prior learning / work experience in Public Administration; OR
  • Postgraduate Diploma (SLQF 8) from a recognized University /Institution or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the Faculty Board and the Senate of the University of Colombo with prior learning / work experience in Public Administration; OR
  • Professional qualification in Public Administration from a recognized professional body acceptable to the Faculty Board of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Senate of University with prior learning / work experience in Public Administration; OR
  • Completion of NVQ level 7 (Equivalent to Bachelor’s degree in SLQF) with relevant work experience in Public Administration as determined by the Faculty Board and the Senate of the University; AND
  • A good knowledge of English language and satisfactory performance at a selection test and /or an interview.
  • A person who wishes to apply for the FGS programmes shall forward the application to the Senior Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Graduate Studies, No.35/30, Pro. Stanley Wijesundara Mawatha, Colombo 07.
  • Applications can be downloaded from ( the faculty website.
  • The students will be selected through an interview.
  • The next intake will be announced via the website, at the time of calling for applicants.

Course Fee for Local Students

Application Fee: LKR 3,000/-

Registration Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Course Fee: LKR 204,500/-
Library Fee: LKR 1,500/-
Examination Fee: LKR 14,000/-

Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/-
(Rs. 2,500/= per card)

Course Fee for Foreign Students

Application Fee: 40 USD

Registration Fee: 65 USD
Course Fee: 2638 USD
Library Fee: 19 USD
Examination Fee: 181 USD

Refundable Library Deposit: LKR 5,000/=

  • Professor A. A. Azeez
  • Professor M. P. P. Dharmadasa
  • Professor D. T. D. Kodagoda
  • Dr. A. M. C. P. Atapattu
  • Dr. G. R. P. Silva
  • Dr. S. D. K. Wanninayaka
  • Dr. Dillina Herath
  • Mr. R. Y. H. De Alwis Senaviratne
  • Mr. S. Ranugge
  • Mr. K. A. Vimalenthirarajah
  • Mr. Saliya Dharmawardena
  • Mr. R. A. Kumara

Course Coordinator

Dr. G. R. P. Silva

Mobile: (+94)773635218

Course Assistant

Ms. Ishara Ramanayaka

Phone: (+94) 11 205 56 56