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Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Offered By: Universiti Malaya (UM)

Programme Overview
The 3-semester or one-and-a-half-year programme provides rigorous on-campus training. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) offered by the International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA) is geared to the needs of practising or prospective managers who wish to acquire or enhance the skills necessary for effective and responsible public sector management and policy analysis.

The postgraduate level programme will equip candidates with knowledge in the fields of public policy processes and affairs in local and global contexts, and with theoretical and methodological skills in public policy issues.

Programme Objectives
Through an involvement of faculty members from various departments within the University and specialists from outside the University ensures that students have a broad exposure to the most crucial elements of public policy. The aim of the programme is to enable candidates to study a challenging array of policy issues in the context of the administrative and policy making processes that operate nationally and internationally.

It equips future public policy leaders with the:

  • conceptual framework and specific skills they will need to be successful in public service
  • knowledge in public policy processes and affairs in local and global contexts
  • theoretical and methodological skills in public policy issues
  • ability to understand the institutional and public processes
  • ability to provide critical analysis on contemporary ideas and management approaches or good governance, and
  • foundation for policy analysis, management and advocacy - helping students to learn to confront complicated issues - asking good questions, identifying the nature and problems at hand, and exploring the range of possible solutions.

The MPP Curriculum
The multidisciplinary curriculum draws from economics, political science, sociology, operations Research, and law; and builds the
necessary skills and knowledge required for a professional policy analyst.

Through coursework, research and field experience, students gain an understanding of the policy process as well as institution and
individual roles involved in that process.

The Master of Public Policy requires 3 semesters of coursework, inclusive of 30 credit hours of core courses and 6 credit hours of
electives to be chosen from a broad array of subjects, which delves deeply into a specific area of concentration. The final component of the MPP programme is to produce a research paper. Students are encouraged to choose a topic that matches their particular interests to further their career goals.

Core Courses (30 credit hours)

The 10 core courses aim to develop analytical skills - political, organisational, economic, quantitative, and managerial - that are
essential for an effective policy analysis.

• Communication and Writing Skills (ZIGP6101)
• Welfare Economics and Public Policy (ZIGP6102)
• Politics and Public Policy (ZIGP6103)
• Public Policy Analysis (ZIGP6104)
• State, Society and Development (ZIGP6105)
• Management and Public Policy (ZIGP6106)
• Public Policy Colloquium (ZIGP6107)
• Development and Public Policy (ZIGP6108)
• Macroeconomics and Public Policy (ZIGP6109)
• Research Methodology (ZIGP6110)

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Students are required to take two elective courses. INPUMA allows the courses to be taken from any recognised university locally or internationally. This is to ensure students are given ample opportunity to explore and choose a specialisation that meets their unique needs and interests.

• Environmental Economics and Public Policy (ZIGP6301)
• Gender and Public Policy (ZIGP6302)
• Health and Public Policy (ZIGP6303)
• Law and Public Policy (ZIGP6304)
• Public Finance (ZIGP6305)
• Science, Technology and Public Policy (ZIGP6306)
• Trade and Development (ZIGP6307)

Directed Research Paper (compulsory requirement for graduation)
For this component of the programme, students are required to conduct a policy analysis of an actual client or organisation (public or private). A lecturer will be assigned to oversee the analysis.

Admission Requirements
Applicants should have a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised university and preferably with an academic and/or professional background in political science, public policy, economics or law. Applicants who are in the process of completing their final year undergraduate studies may apply for the MPP programme, but, may only attend the programme upon full completion of the undergraduate course.

Course Fees
RM16,508.00 per course (for Malaysians)
USD7,347.60 per course (for international students)

The International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA)
Block C, Level 3
UM City Campus
University of Malaya
Jalan Tun Ismail
50480 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia
Tel: 603–2617 3038 / 3036 / 3005 / 3033
Fax: 603–2617 3040 / 3027
Email: inpuma@um.edu.my
Website: www.inpuma.org.my/