Master of Public Administration (MPC)

The Master of Public Administration is a program of advanced study designed to train candidates in the skills and knowledge required for a career in the civil service and other public organizations in the Macau SAR, as well as in mainland China and other administrative regions. MPC students examine the structures, operations, and policies of the Macau SAR and other governments and institutions in the region. They also develop policy analysis skills with an emphasis on managing changes brought about by Macau's transfer of authority from Portugal to China. The MPC thus provides a solid foundation for individuals who desire to take the next step in their careers as public policy professionals.


Course Plan

The MPC is structured as a two-year program. In the first year, students undertake intensive coursework, including four compulsory courses in public administration, public policy analysis, public finance, and human resources management. In addition, students choose four elective courses from a range of public policy-related topics. The second year is devoted entirely to researching and writing the thesis. After completing the thesis, students present their research in a formal oral examination before a panel of three faculty members.


Year 1

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
3
Four electives from the following list: 12
Total Credits (Year 1) 24

Year 2

Course Code Course Name Credits
PADM 798 Academic Thesis 6
Total Credits (Year 2) 6

POLICIES

Admissions

Admission to the MPC program is competitive. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic records, work experiences, and a face-to-face interview. The following are minimum requirements for admission:


Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is Chinese.


Attendance

Students are required to attend at least 80% of total class hours. Students who do not meet this requirement will be given a failing grade in the course.


Evaluation

Each student is required to pass all compulsory courses and electives with an overall average of B- before being allowed to proceed to thesis research under the guidance of an assigned supervisor. Students may only submit and present theses with the approval of their supervisors. A panel of examiners will be appointed by the Academic Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences to examine each thesis and conduct an oral examination on the subject of that thesis.


Tuition

Please visit the Graduate School website for information on graduate tuition.