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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
• hone 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 to be admitted to the programme from 2021 onwards:

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, consisting of public management, public policy evaluation, and research method and evidence, serve as a solid 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. Three designated stream courses (3 credit each) are specially designed for each of the streams.

Public Policy Stream
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Evidence-based Policy and Practice
  • Behavioral Insights in Public Policy
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 (new study stream for students to be admitted from 2021)
  • Key Issues in Chinese Politics OR State and Market in China
  • Social Change and Urbanization in Contemporary China OR Environmental Governance in China
  • Public Morality and Accountability in China OR 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 issues falling within their chosen study streams. There are also chances for students who want to work on more academic-oriented research topics to do a dissertation.

Programme Structure for students admitted to the programme between 2018  and 2020:

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, consisting of public management, public policy evaluation, and research method and evidence, serve as a solid 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 streams.

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 (study stream for students admitted from 2020 intake)
  • Strategic Management for Smart Cities
  • Politics of the Smart City
  • Data Analytics for Smart Cities
 
Research Electives (4 credit units)
Students are required to group together and work on a capstone project that focuses on issues falling within their chosen study streams. There are also chances for students who want to work on more academic-oriented research topics to do a dissertation.


Interim Award

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 are obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:
  • 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.
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