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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Hong Kong, Department of Politics and Public Administration (DPPA)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: The Hong Kong MPA is offered on a 2-year part-time or 1-year full-time basis. Students are required to complete eight taught courses and one capstone project or dissertation in order to graduate. The eight courses include four compulsory courses, and four courses from a list of electives. Typical students take about 52% of their course work in subjects that we classify as Tools and Skills or Management Functions and very little of their study is in economic or quantitative courses. This places the Hong Kong MPA degree in the "shorter-length, lower tools/management, lower quantitative" category, along with such programs as the Singapore LKY MPA and the Warwick MPP. The Hong Kong MPA requires a thesis. It has no internship component but does have an optional two-week live-in course on the mainland at the Chinese Academy of Governance. It has as a relatively low number of elective courses taught within the school.

Professional Program Features: The program offers intensive workshops conducted by distinguished international scholars; experience sharing with senior practitioners and professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors; simulation exercises for training various practical skills; and opportunities for one-day shadowing with various organizations.

Program Summary


University: University of Hong Kong

Location: Hong Kong, China

Degree: MPA

Marketing Approach: "As a global city, Hong Kong is undergoing major political and socioeconomic change. Our public managers and professionals are increasingly challenged by complex problems and dynamic situations. The MPA programme at HKU is designed to prepare students to become public service leaders through equipping them with the analytical and problem-solving skills to meet these challenges. We are celebrating over 35 years of excellence in providing professional education in public administration this year. With our extensive experience, internationally recognized faculty members, a vibrant student body, and well-designed curriculum, we provide a rigorous and fruitful education for those who wish to prepare themselves for a prominent career in public service." (At, accessed 15 February 2015.) 

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: The Department of Politics and Public Administration (DPPA) is a department within the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Hong Kong.The SSDPP is a school within Beijing Normal University.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The DPPA offers a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Master of Public Administration, Master of International and Public Affairs, and Doctor of Public Administration,, accessed 15 February 2015). 

Posted Tuition: HK$134,000 for one year, full time (equivalent to US$17,500 at February 2015 exchange rates). At, accessed 15 February 2015.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MA Degree Requirements

Summary: The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programme, first launched in 1978, is designed to provide high quality professional education to students and prepare them for leadership roles in the public sector. The curriculum is designed to achieve the following learning objectives:

  1. Acquire cutting edge knowledge in public administration and public policy.
  2. Understand the changing institutional and political contexts of public affairs.
  3. Examine the critical issues and possible solutions to the challenges in governance.
  4. Develop professional knowledge and core skills required to become effective public managers and leaders.

Distinctive programme features:

  1. an optional live-in course in the Chinese Academy of Governance (國家行政學院)
  2. extensive use of interactive teaching methods
  3. intensive workshops conducted by distinguished international scholars
  4. experience sharing with senior practitioners and professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors
  5. simulation exercises for training various practical skills
  6. opportunities for one-day shadowing with various organizations.

Duration: 1 year.

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants for admission to the MPA programme require a Bachelor's degree with honours of the University of Hong Kong, or another qualification of equivalent standard from the University of Hong Kong or from another University or comparable institution accepted for this purpose and satisfy the English language requirements of HKU. Successful applicants usually have at least three years of working experience. (At, accessed 15 February 2015.)

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12. See Note 1.

Note 1: Although no credit equivalents are listed for the thesis, the MA thesis requirement is appears to be to the thesis expectation for MA programs in England where the thesis is worth one third of the total degree credit.

Number of Required Courses: 8 (four courses and a thesis)

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 4

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 23 courses.

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Yes.

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at, accessed 15 February 2015.

Course Material Online: One-paragraph course descriptions but no syllabi available on the public website. 

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   

Hong Kong


I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree


Number of required courses


Number of elective courses taken


Number of courses offered


Enrolment weight of elective courses


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis



  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Ratio of Quantitative Courses to Total Courses Required


Sum of Tools and Skills and Management Functions



Source: At and related sites (accessed 15 February 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 15 February 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

Hong Kong MPA Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  POLI8017 Workshop in Public Affairs (R)
  POLI7003 Public Policy: Issues and Approaches
  POLI7004 Public Management Reform
  POLI8007 Policy Problems in Hong Kong
  POLI8009 Policy Design and Analysis
  POLI8011 A Selected Topic in Public Policy
  POLI8021 Organization Theory and Management
  POLI8023 A Selected Topic in Public Management

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  POLI8017 Workshop in Public Affairs (R)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  POLI7002 Public administration: Scope and Issues (R)
  POLI8027 Public Administration in Hong Kong (R)
  POLI8004 Government and Law
  POLI8006 Policy-making in China
  POLI8008 Public Administration in China
  POLI8022 Comparative Public Policy
  POLI8024 China''s Governance in the Reform Era
  POLI8025 Public Administration in Action

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  POLI8002 Ethics and Public Affairs

 Social and Political Context

  POLI8005 Government and the Economy

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  POLI8003 Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  POLI8020 Administrative Research and Programme Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

  POLI7001 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

  POLI8018 Management Information Systems

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  POLI8014 NGOs and Governance
  POLI8029 Non-profit Management

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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