Department of Public Policy
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Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
Brief Description
(Incorporating the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management)

Programme Aims and Objectives

The MAPPM will provide you with opportunities to enhance your theoretical knowledge, practical skills and critical understanding of public policy and management processes in both local and international contexts. Upon successful completion of the programme, you should be able to:
  • discover and analyse critically current and emerging knowledge relating to principles, theories and practices in international and local governance, public policy and management;
  • contrast and assess the roles, inter-relationships and limitations of various actors and organizations involved in the governance of people, money, and the environment ;
  • explain, compare and evaluate critically various values, ethical principles and cultural traditions shaping policy-making processes and the delivery of services to the community;
  • be creative in problem solving and demonstrate practical and, as appropriate, innovative management, planning, team-working, decision making and research skills; and
  • contribute to the development of knowledge about public policy and management by active discovery through undertaking supervised dissertation, capstone project, or other project-related coursework.

Programme Structure for students admitted to the programme in 2018 or thereafter:

There are six common core courses (a total of 17 credit units) and three stream core courses (a total of 9 credit units). In addition, this programme will compose of a 4-credit research elective course:

Programme core courses (17 credit units)
Students are required to take six common core courses (a total of 17 credit units). These common core courses, consist of public management, public policy evaluation, and research method and evidence, serve as a firm foundation for public policy and management professions.
  • Theories of Government and Public Administration
  • Values and Choice in Public Policy
  • Policy Processes and Analysis
  • Workshop in Public Affairs
  • Evidence-based Policy and Practice
  • Research Methods in Public Policy and Management
Stream core courses (9 credit units)
For the needs of professional specialization, the programme will have the streams in public management and public policy. Students are allowed to choose only one stream, with nine credit units. Three designated stream courses (3 credit each) are specially designed for each of the stream.

Public Policy Stream
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Behavioral Insights in Public Policy
  • Public Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources
Public Management Stream
  • Managing Organizations and People
  • Comparative Public Sector Management
  • Public Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources
Note: The programme will no longer offer the Environmental Management Stream from the 2019 intake.
Research Electives (4 credit units)
Students are required to group together and work on a capstone project that focuses on selected public management, policy or environmental management issues approved by an instructor. Students who have the cumulative GPA (3.2) on the Programme Core Courses and want to work on more academic oriented research topics or pursue further study can choose to work on a dissertation.

MAPPM Courses for students admitted to the programme in 2017 or earlier:
POL5101:     Theories of Government and Public Administration
POL5301A:   Managing Organizations and People 
POL5401:     Values and Choice in Public and Social Policy
POL5601A:   Policy Processes and Analysis 
POL5801:     MAPPM Year 1 Residential
POL6101:     International Public Management
POL6201:     Comparative Public Policy
POL6202:     Evidence-based Policy Issues & Evaluation
POL6302A:   Public Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources
POL6303:     Comparative Public Sector Management
POL6603A:   Applied Research Methods Workshops
POL6903A:   MAPPM Dissertation

Interim Award for students of the 2018 intake or thereafter

Students who have completed all the required courses but not the dissertation or capstone project  may be considered for an interim award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management.

Admission Requirements

Specific to MAPPM
Applicants should possess a first degree or equivalent qualification. Priority will be given to those with relevant working or public service experience, preferably with at least two years in a managerial position. Selection processes may include participation in a group discussion, writing a short summary and a brief individual interview. Those who have or have not studied public policy and management before are equally welcome.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet-based test); or
  • Overall band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.