Diploma Policy for MA in Public Policy (Public Management and Policy Analysis Program)

In order to accomplish the objectives stipulated in the IUJ Graduate School Regulations, as well as the mission of GSIR, Public Management and Policy Analysis Program (PMPP) defines the degree requirements and learning objectives which are necessary to MA in Public Policy as follows:

Degree Requirements

  • Enrollment Requirements
    Students are required to enroll for a minimum of two years (six terms) on a degree candidate basis. However, as an exception, students recognized to have achieved distinguished academic performance may meet the requirements within an enrollment period of one to two years.
  • Course/Credit Requirements
    Students are required to complete a necessary number of credits of core required courses, core elective courses, and elective courses in accordance with the requirements designated by PMPP. These amount to at least 40 credits for students opting to write an MA Thesis, or 44 credits for those choosing to write a Research Report.Credits will be given to students who have completed all activities related to the assessment specified in the course syllabus and have a final evaluation score of 60 points or above (out of 100).
  • MA Thesis/Research Report Requirements
    Students are required to complete and submit an acceptable MA Thesis or Research Report under the guidance of supervisors.
  • Final Examination Requirements
    Students who opt to write a Thesis are required to pass a final oral examination conducted by a thesis examining committee. For those selecting the Research Report option, no oral examination is required. The examining committee will determine how to conduct the final examination and the students are required to pass the exam.
  • GPA Requirement
    Students are required to obtain a total GPA of at least 2.5 out of 4.0.

Learning Objectives

The students in the degree program of MA in Public Policy are required to:



  • Learn basic theories in the field of public policy.
  • Learn research methods commonly used in the field of public policy.
  • Be able to identify the stages of public policy processes.
  • Know the basic roles and responsibilities of the multiple levels of government.
  • Identify roles that public managers and policy analysts play in the policy processes
  • Understand how non-governmental and civil society stakeholders can be engaged in public management and policy processes.
  • Understand the roles of ICTs in policy processes


  • Demonstrate working knowledge of public management and policy
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically review public management and policy studies
  • Learn to apply theories of public policy to analyze and solve practical problems.
  • Learn to write and suggest policy changes by identifying, gathering, and evaluating relevant data and information.
  • Demonstrate quantitative skills for collecting and analyzing data.
  • Demonstrate sound public speaking skills related to the public management and policy topics.


  • Apply multidisciplinary approaches to study policy processes
  • Have scholarly mindset for conducting independent research
  • Articulate and apply a public service perspective to public policy issues
  • Understand ethical issues in public policy processes.