The Curriculum

MA in Public Management

This two-year master’s program requires scholars to earn at least 40 credits and complete a master’s thesis or research report on public or nonprofit affairs.


All scholars must complete six required courses (12 credits), including Applied Econometrics(or Econometrics), Managing Public Organizations, Public Administration, Public Policy Process, Public Finance and Budgeting, and Statistical Methods which provide basic knowledge and skills for public management and policy analysis. Three advanced seminars (6 credits for thesis or two credits for research report) are also required for three terms to facilitate communication between scholars and their supervisors to write a master’s thesis or research report.

Scholars need to take elective courses to earn at least 18 credits. Six credits out of the 18 must come from elective courses, such as Introduction to Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy and Disaster Management, Information Policy and Management, Local Government and Public Services, and Research Methodology, that are listed in the curriculum handbook. Scholars also need to take eight credits from basic discipline courses and might take courses from the GSIM and language courses.

Master’s Thesis

The thesis writing gives scholars an important opportunity to learn how to formulate a relevant research question, analyze managerial and/or policy issues, and organize arguments logically. Scholars also learn how to write academic English professionally.

Scholars are expected to find a significant public problem in management (e.g., performance management failure) or policy (e.g., the impact of the revenue target policy). A good research question should be specific in terms of region, scope, and time-span. Scholars discuss thesis writing with their academic supervisors during advanced seminars. They will present and defend their research in an oral exam and then finalize their draft.