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What will I learn?

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:

Course Description

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

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.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 1 year, Maximum Study Period: 2.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$141,300.00 (14,29,439) per year
HK $4,710 per credit
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent. English Language Requirements: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test; or other equivalent qualifications

For international students

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:

  • TOEFL score 550 (paper-based 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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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