Master of Arts in Economic Policy and Planning (EPP)

Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Duration of Program: 
2 Years
About this Program: 

The Master of Arts in Economic Policy and Planning [MA (EPP)] is a specialized and innovative programme designed to prepare graduates for work in economic policy evaluation and planning in both the public and private sectors. The then Faculty of Economics and Management (FEMA) had been offering the MA (EPP) program since 1991. The MA (EPP) program was initially a UNDP-funded capacity building project which ended in 1996. With effect from 1997 the program continued as a private program in which most students sponsored their studies using either individual or employer resources.-

To meet the current global and national policy and planning challenges, a rigorous reviewed program has been designed to sharpen the skills and broaden the perspectives of civil servants, managers of government, public enterprises, NGOs and executives of private sector firms engaged in policy and planning management. The program offers opportunities to midcareer managers as well as administrators/professionals of NGOs and people with legislative experience at various levels, who intend taking up challenging top management positions in governance, economic policy management and planning.

The curriculum is also designed to build on the experience of students. There is an increasing demand for skilled human resources for the effective implementation and interpretation of various economic policies and reforms at different levels of government. There is also a need to strengthen existing capacity of various public and private departments for economic policy management and planning. There are knowledge gaps and/or deficiencies in these organizations which call for adequate and well trained staff to carry out the various functions. Policymakers require training tailored to their job and the needs of the different levels of government.

Programme Objectives

1.       Provide high level training, focusing on the practical aspects of economic policy and planning.

2.       Train economic analysts for the country.

3.       Train researchers who will generate economic knowledge and policy recommendations.

4.       Provide students with the appropriate theoretical and conceptual foundations to examine issues in economic policy evaluation and planning;

5.       Equip students with the necessary analytical skills to contribute to economic and social planning in a wide variety of fields; and

6.       Enable students understand the necessary applied skills to undertake the evaluation of public policy programmes and plans.

Type, Duration and Structure of the Program

The program of study is by Coursework, Examinations and Dissertation for Plan A or by Coursework, research paper and Examinations for Plan B. For Plan A the dissertation is usually original and makes a contribution to knowledge on Economic Policy and Planning.

The Program in accordance with standing University regulations lasts two (2) academic years. The 2 years consist of 4 Semesters each lasting 17 weeks. The Program is structured on a course unit basis. In order for a candidate to satisfy the requirements for the award of the Master of Arts (Economic Policy and Planning) Degree s/he must take a total of 11 courses and write a research dissertation for Plan A or take a total of 15 Courses including a Research Paper for Plan B.

For Plan A the course unit load is four courses for the first two Semesters, three courses for the third Semester and a Dissertation for the fourth and last two semesters. For Plan B, the course unit load is four courses for each of the first three Semesters and three courses for the last Semester. The courses for Plan B include a Research Paper taken during the last Semester. One course unit (CU) is equivalent

Admission Requirements

The general admission requirements of Makerere University apply. Admission to the MA (Economic Policy and Planning) Program is based on academic performance and professional experience. The following specific admission criteria apply for entry into the MAEPP program:

(a) A first degree in Economics of at least lower second class honors, or its equivalent from a recognized University.

(b) A first degree in Economics, quantitative Economics and a related field of at least lower second class honors, or its equivalent from a recognized University. Candidates with a lower second class honors degrees in Commerce or Statistics, from a recognized University will also be, considered.

Preference is given to candidates in the early stages of their career in a policy relevant position in a government, parastatal or non-governmental organization. They should demonstrate a commitment to a career in economic policy management.

Application Procedure

All applicants must submit the completed application forms, letters of recommendation and the required certified transcripts and certificates not later than 30th April of the year in which admission is sought. The application procedure is as follows:

Application forms are obtainable from the office of the Director, School of Postgraduate Studies.

Application forms and recomendation forms can also be downloaded from the University and the United Nations Development Programme websites.