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Executive master's in governance and public Policy

Name of specialization in the graduation document:

Executive Master in Governance and Public Policy.


About the program:

The College of Business Administration was established under the name of the College of Commerce in 1379 AH / 1959 AD as the first college in business administration at the level of the Kingdom, and since that time the College has taken upon itself the development of education at the level of the public sector and then the Department of Public Administration was established in 1979 AD, and it was one of the first departments in the Kingdom and graduated thousands of male and female students who today assume leading positions in various public and private organizations. The Governance and Public Policy Program is one of the important programs that has not been sufficiently addressed, as the number of academic and executive programs in these fields is few, despite the urgent need for holders of applied certificates in these fields to contribute to the management of local affairs and enhance the quality of government and public sector outputs. On the other hand, the private sector contributes significantly to the development in the Kingdom, which makes the development of this sector human in the areas of governance, building, analyzing, implementing and evaluating public and private policies an important element in comprehensive and sustainable development. The Department of Public Administration provides a governance and public policy program to enhance local development levels, and the department includes a number of professors with scientific and practical experience, which contributes to enhancing the program's outputs.


Program Vision:

Qualifying local and regional leaders specialized in preparing and implementing the principles of governance in the public sector and analyzing public policies.


Program Mission:

Developing the capabilities and skills of administrative leaders in the public and private sectors and non-profit organizations by providing a scientific and practical applied environment.


Program Objectives:

Meet the growing needs of employees of government and non-government agencies in developing their capabilities, skills and knowledge, and to be informed of developments in the field of governance in the public sector and public policies, and to raise the efficiency, effectiveness and productivity of the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Provide participants with analytical skills for public and private policies that enable them to carry out their leadership roles and identify national priorities, issues and challenges and how to deal with them.

Enhancing the concept and elements of governance in the public sector among administrative leaders and their importance in achieving sustainable and comprehensive development.

Preparing a second row of administrative leaders in government agencies capable of analyzing, understanding and describing the administrative reality and ways to deal with it.

Enhance the orientation towards building an organizational culture based on teamwork, achievement, transparency, learning, effective communication and strategic thinking.

Enhancing awareness of the ethics of administrative leadership work and the applications of professional values through the development of administrative cases and documenting government work experiences.


Program Description

Program Study Plan

Program Courses Description

Program Approval


Program Language

Arabic language.


Importance and justification for the development of the program:

Developing administrative leaders in the field of governance in the public sector and public policy analysis, using practical and scientific methods in policy analysis and problem solving.

Refine the skills of those enrolled in the program through the application of a flexible system of implementation to suit the working conditions of those wishing to develop their scientific and applied skills from different sectors.

Creating a link between King Saud University and the executive and strategic departments in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The program's contribution to providing specialists and officials with the necessary skills to implement the initiatives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030, and the implementation of governance models and frameworks in the public sector, in order to achieve the objectives of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

Program Outcomes:

-Knowledge and understanding

Familiarity with up-to-date knowledge and information in the field of governance in the public sector and public policies.

Acquire scientific knowledge of strategies for implementing governance in the public sector and public policy analysis.

Identify global and advanced indicators and standards in the field of governance and public policies.

-Mental skills:

Ability to link and analyze information when dealing with public policies.

Ability to solve problems arising from the challenges of implementing governance in the public sector.

Linking theory to practice in dealing with variables in governance and public policy topics.

-Professional and practical skills:

Master basic and advanced management skills in governance in the public sector and public policy at the leadership and executive levels.

Using modern means to improve professional practice in governance and analysis of public policies for administrative leaders and executives.

Develop and evaluate methods of applying governance and analyzing public policies in governmental and non-governmental agencies, in line with the Kingdom's Vision 2030 and the strategic objectives of the State.

-Soft Skills:

Ability to communicate effectively with different administrative levels in governmental and non-governmental agencies and decision-makers.

Organization and effective distribution of tasks and responsibilities.

Familiarity with the methods of decision-making within groups and work teams in various circumstances.

Enhance the skills of coping with difficult circumstances, crisis management and change management.


Program Beneficiaries:

Government and public sector (ministries, bodies and departments, bureaus, presidencies, and secretariats).

Public institutions (civil and military).

Private Sector

Consultative councils, local and national.

Non-profit organizations.

Civil society institutions.


Employment Opportunities:

There are wide areas for specialists in the field of governance and public policies, both at the executive and strategic levels, as the Executive Master's Program in Governance and Public Policy contributes to developing the skills and knowledge of specialists in the field of governance and public policy analysis in order to play their strategic leadership role in their fields of work, whether in the government or public sector, the private sector, or the non-profit sector.


Admission Requirements:

In addition to the admission requirements contained in the unified regulations for graduate studies in Saudi universities and the organizational and executive rules and procedures for graduate studies at King Saud University, the department requires enrollment in the following program:

The applicant must have a bachelor's degree from a university recommended by the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in related disciplines such as (public administration, economics, accounting, political science, law, finance), with a grade of at least (good).

The applicant must have at least (one year) practical experience in government work or the private sector.


Study Dates:

During the evening throughout the week, as well as during the weekend on Friday and Saturday.

Cost per unit of study

(2400) riyals per unit of study.


Degree Requirements:

The student must pass (39) units of study from the master's courses.


General structure of the program:

Course option

The number of required units is (39) units including applied research as follows:

Type of Courses

Number of Courses

Number of units required

Compulsory Courses


(33) credits

Applied Research


(6) credits



(39) credit hours




Actual work

Contact Number

Dr. Saad Abdullah Alkhurayyif



Sami Almobirek



Alanoud Alsharahili     



Abeer Aldossri  




Department E-mail (Female Section)

Department Email (Male Section)

Last updated on : October 10, 2023 11:57am