Master of Political Science in Nepal

Master of Political Science in Nepal

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Kanti KhadkaTue Sep 21 2021

Master of Political Science (MAPS)  in Nepal is a 2 year/4-semester program of Tribhuvan University under the Humanities and Social Sciences faculty. 

Presently, institutions outside the Kathmandu valley offer this course on year basis, while campuses within the Kathmandu valley run the program in the semester system. 

MAPS is a post-graduate program that focuses on theories and practices of government and public policies. This helps you understand different facets of government, political events and the political landscape of different countries. 

Upon completing your master’s majoring in political science, you can work as a political scientist on political campaigns and assist political leaders or bureaucrats. You can also analyse and report on political developments in the country or province or advise non-governmental organisations in building political and social support for their efforts.

Master of Political Science graduates can earn anywhere between NPR 45,000- 1,80,000 per month. However, salaries vary drastically based on the experience, skills and location of different executive and management careers.

Key Takeaways of Master of Political Science in Nepal

Course

Master of Political Science (MAPS)

Course duration

2 years (4 semesters)

Eligibility

Applicants with Bachelor’s degree from TU or other Universities.

Must pass the entrance examination conducted by TU

Average fee

Information N/A

Average salary

NPR 45,000 - 1,80,000 per month

Job designations

Archivist, Foreign Correspondent, Intelligence expert, City Planner, Diplomat, Executive Advisor, Translator with a Foreign Envoy, Government Affairs Director, Political Consultant, Public Relations Specialist, Political Scientist and more

Admission requirements for Master of Political Science in Nepal

  • To enrol for a MAPS degree, you must hold at least a Bachelor's Degree from TU or any other University. 
  • You must pass the entrance examination conducted by the TU. 

(Note: The Central department of Political Studies (CDPS) publishes the entrance examination details, application forms, exam date and time.)  

Medium of instruction

The medium of instruction for a Master in political science is English. You will be required to appear exam of assessment and other internal/external tests in English. Likewise, you are also required to complete your master’s level thesis in the English language. 

Course requirements

Tribhuvan University has set requirements for students pursuing MAPS in Nepal. Failure to meet the set requirements often prohibit students from appearing in final examinations. The course requirements set by TU for masters in political science students are as follows: 

  • Attendance of at least 75 % of the total class is compulsory. 
  • Students must submit their assignments, reports and thesis within the set deadline. 

Thesis Writing 

Thesis Writing is compulsory for the completion of a Master’s Degree in Political Science. It is equivalent to Two Papers, i.e. Six Credit hours in the Final year/ Fourth Semester. It must be written in English language and completed within the given deadline. 

Criteria for Internal Assessment

The overall grading system of the Masters in Political Science course depends on both external and internal examination. The grading criteria are as follows:

S.N.

Assignment

Description

Weightage/Value

1

Attendance and active participation in classroom teaching

75% compulsory attendance of total class

10%

2

Individual and group research paper (GRP)

Presentation in classroom

10%

3

Term paper and mid-term exam

Presentation in-house seminar

20%

4

Written Examination

The written exam conducted by Dean’s Office

60%

Syllabus of Master of Political Science in Nepal as per TU

Master’s Level in Political Science First Semester

Paper

Code No.

Title of Course

Credit hrs.

Remarks

1.

MAPS-551

Political Philosophy

3

 

Required

2.

MAPS-552

Modern Political Theory

3

3.

MAPS-553

International Politics

3

4.

MAPS-554

Public Administration

3

5.

MAPS-555

Research Methodology

3

Second Semester

Paper

Code No.

Title of Course

Credit hrs.

Remarks

1.

MAPS-556

Constitution and Government

3

Required

2.

MAPS-557

Public Policy and Governance

3

3.

MAPS-558

Conflict, Peace and Development

3

4.

MAPS-559

International Law

3

5.

MAPS-560

Politics and Government of Nepal

3

Third Semester

Paper

Code No.

Title of Course

Credit hrs.

Remarks

1.

MAPS-561

Comparative Government: Unitary and Federal Systems

3

 

Required

2.

MAPS-562

Politics and Governance of South Asia

3

3.

MAPS-563

Nepalese Politics and Political Behaviour

3

4.

MAPS-564

Foreign Policy and Diplomacy of Nepal

3

5.

MAPS-565(1)

International Political Economy

3

*Optional

any three

6.

MAPS-565(2)

Diplomacy

3

7.

MAPS-565(3)

International Organization

3

Fourth Semester

Paper

Code No.

Title of Course

Credit hrs.

Remarks

1.

MAPS-566

China and India

3

Required

2.

MAPS-567

Diplomacy and Human Rights

3

3.

MAPS-568(1)

Regional Studies: Middle East

3

*Optional

any one

4.

MAPS-568(2)

Southeast Asia

3

5.

MAPS568(3)

West Europe and the USA

3

6.

MAPS-569

Thesis Writing

6

Complete syllabus of Masters in Politics as per TU

(Note: Offered optional courses are affected by the availability of teaching faculty and number of students.) 

Colleges to Study Master of Political Science in Nepal

Colleges

Location

Active Academy College

Basundhara, Kathmandu

Birendranagar Multiple Campus

Chakrapani, Surkhet

Central Department of political science, Tribhuvan University

Kritipur

Mahendra Multiple Campus

Dang

Mahendra Multiple Campus

Dharan

Mahendra Multiple Campus 

Nepalgunj

Padma Kanya Multiple Campus

Bagbazar, Kathmandu

Post Graduate (Degree)Campus

Biratnagar

Prithvi Narayan Campus

Bagar, Pokhara

Ramsorup Ramsagar Multiple Campus

Janakpur

Thakur Ram Multiple Campus

Birgunj

Job opportunities

Upon completing your MA in Political Science, you have a wide range of options to choose from depending on your area of interest.

Many opt for government/public sector like civil services where they can directly contribute to the nation.

You can also pursue your career in the private sector. Many multinational companies and firms hire Political Science students in their Human Resources and other departments like consulting.

A research field is also an option for MAPS graduates. Several reputed Universities accept scholars to research in the field of political science.  

Other non-conventional jobs for political science graduates include political writer and political expert for media houses.

As a political scientist, you can also work in the following areas:

  • Public Administration
  • Public Planning
  • Social Policy
  • Academics
  • Public affairs
  • Analysis
  • International Organisation
  • International relations / International Affairs

Other job positions for Masters in Political science degree holders and their estimated salaries in Nepal are as follows:

Master in Political Science Graduate Job Positions 

Average Salary Range (NPR per month)

Archivist

28,000 - 55,000

Foreign Correspondent

47,000 - 1,37,000

Intelligence expert

1,91,000 - 2,14,000

Policy Analyst

43,000 - 1,45,000

Executive Advisor

36,000 - 1,09,000

Political Scientist

39,000 - 1,80,000

Government Affairs Director

1,24,000

Public Relations Specialist

36,000 - 1,35,000

Political Consultant

48,000 - 1,40,000



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