MA Public Policy and Management

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Application Closed

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Intermediate Award

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management

Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons

Normal Study Period

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

Maximum Study Period

Full-time: 2.5 years; Part-time/Combined mode: 5 years

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Dr HSIEH, Chih-wei
Ph.D. (Florida State), MA, B A (National Chengchi University)
Admissions Tutor
Dr WEN, Bo
BA (Shenzhen University), Master (UCLA), Ph.D. (USC)
Deputy Admissions Tutor
Dr OR, Nick
BSc (HKU), MAPPM (CityU), PhD (Southampton)
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7533
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.
Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and hold a degree, or equivalent.

Short-listed applicants may be asked to undergo a selection process.

Priority will be given to those applying with relevant work experience.

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:

  • Score 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; 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
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period. 

# Applicants are required to arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Fellowships Scheme

Fellowship awards are available for local students admitted to this programme under the Fellowships Scheme supported by the HKSAR Government. This programme in the priority area of “Sustainable City” is one of the targeted programmes listed under the Fellowships Scheme with 5 fellowship awards. Local students admitted to the Smart Cities Stream of the programme in full-time, part-time or combined study mode will be invited to submit applications for the fellowships. 

Course Description

There are six common core courses (a total of 17 credit units) and four 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
  • Managing Public Institutions and Organizations
  • Values and Choice in Public Policy
  • Policy Processes and Analysis
  • Workshop in Public Affairs
  • 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, public policy, smart cities and governance in China. Students are allowed to choose only one stream, with nine credit units. Four 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
  • Evidence-based Policy and Practice

Public Management Stream

  • Public Budgeting and the Management of Financial Resources
  • Comparative Public Sector Management
  • Public Human Resource Management

Smart Cities Stream

  • Strategic Management for Smart Cities
  • Politics of the Smart City
  • Data Analytics for Smart Cities

Governance in China Stream

  • Key Issues in Chinese Politics / Statue and Market in China
  • Social Change and Urbanization in Contemporary China / Environmental Governance in China
  • Public Morality and Accountability in China / Governance in the Greater China Region


Research Electives (4 credit units)

Students are required to group together and work on a capstone project that focuses on areas in relation to public policy and management as approved by the instructor. Students who have the cumulative GPA (3.4) 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.

    Bonus Features

    The programme offers you:

    • A highly varied and dynamic peer group of public managers, disciplined services officers, politicians, as well as managers and professionals working in the private and non-profit sectors.

    • Comparative perspectives

    • Integration of theories and practices   

    • International and local guest speakers and lectures

    • Special induction and study skills workshops

    † Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.