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.