Why Study Here
Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
Brief Description
MAPPM aims to broadly support the development of effective, people-centred governance in Hong Kong and around the world by producing graduates who can creatively contribute to policy analysis for, and the innovative management of, a wide range of issues of public concern. In particular, the programme will provide students with opportunities to:
• enhance their theoretical knowledge and to discover new insights into public policy making and management in both local and international contexts;
• develop their intellectual capacity in researching systematically and analysing critically theories and information about the effective and efficient utilization of public resources for the betterment of society; and
• develop practical skills required for effective public management and to strengthen their abilities to contribute to creative and innovative problem solving in public policy and management contexts.

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, public policy and smart cities#. 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
Smart Cities Stream#
  • Strategic Management for Smart Cities
  • Politics of the Smart City
  • Data Analytics for Smart Cities
# The Smart Cities Stream is a newly approved study stream for students to be admitted from 2020/21.
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 public management as approved by the 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.

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.

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