Postgraduate Programs 2019/20
Master of Public Policy
Award Title

Master of Public Policy

Program Short Name

MPP

Mode of Study

Full-time

Normative Program Duration

2 years

Program Fee

HK$240,000

The program fee does not cover any additional credits. Students who take additional or audit course(s) are required to pay additional fee at HK$7,000 per credit.

Program Advisor

Program Directors:
Prof Naubahar SHARIF, Associate Professor of Public Policy
Prof Pengyu ZHU, Associate Professor of Public Policy

While advancements in science and technology have been rapidly expanding the range of solutions for tackling global challenges such as climate change and population ageing, science and technology innovations have also given rise to a complex set of ethical, institutional and legal issues for governments, non-profit and private entities. Public policy will play an increasingly important role in unlocking the full potential of science and technology in improving the human condition and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) Program is an interdisciplinary program that equips students with knowledge of the full impact of science and technology innovations, and professional skills in the formulation and implementation of innovative solutions to current and emerging global challenges. The program draws on research and teaching excellence from across a diverse range of disciplines to equip students with a set of core skills in data analytics, economic analysis, and management to become effective policy professionals.

Designed for students with diverse educational backgrounds, including social science, science, engineering, business, and other fields of study, this two-year full-time program consists of a core curriculum, an optional summer internship upon completion of the first year of study, a second year client-based policy analysis project, and elective courses allowing students to develop their areas of specialization. It provides students with complete professional training that focuses on problem-solving skills with real-world cases and examples.

The program places an emphasis on knowledge, analytic skills and management capacities that are highly transferable across sectors, issue areas and global regions. Graduates of the MPP Program may work as analysts, managers, researchers and consultants in a wide variety of organizations, including government agencies, non-profit organizations and private businesses. The training provided by the program is particularly relevant for policy professionals seeking to advance their careers in industries at the frontline of science and technology advancements, such as information technology and telecommunications, environment, energy, health care, transportation and finance.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Adopt interdisciplinary perspectives on global policy challenges and innovative solutions;
  2. Competently apply appropriate analytical tools for problem-solving in the real world;
  3. Establish and employ professional expertise in specialization areas of their choices;
  4. Develop and apply managerial acumen essential for future leaders in public and private sectors. 
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    48 credits 
     

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may apply for credit transfer or course substitution of no more than 12 credits. Students admitted to the dual degree program with the University of Washington (UW) may transfer up to 24 credits from UW to fulfill the program requirements with prior approval of the Program Director.
     

  1. Core Courses

24 credits
 

PPOL 5110
PPOL 5130
PPOL 5140
PPOL 5150
PPOL 5160
PPOL 5170
PPOL 6110

 

  1. Elective Courses

24 credits

Students are required to take at least 18 credits of PPOL Electives and up to 6 credits of Other Electives.
 
i. PPOL Electives

PPOL 5180
PPOL 5190
PPOL 5200
PPOL 5210
PPOL 5220
PPOL 5230
PPOL 5240
PPOL 5250
PPOL 5270
PPOL 6100


ii. Other Electives

ECON 5280
ENEG 5050
ENVR 5250
ENVR 5260
ENVR 6060
EVSM 5230
EVSM 6070
ISOM 5370
SOSC 5170
SOSC 5340
SOSC 5620
BIEN 5001*
CIEM 5480*
CIEM 5630*
CIEM 5810*
IBTM 5050*
JEVE 5900*

* For the highly technical course(s), students will be approved to take the course(s) with advice sought from the Program Director to cover both the policy and technical aspects.

 

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, a maximum of two postgraduate courses outside the above lists may be taken as Other Electives.

 

  1. Remarks

  • Students should take a minimum of 12 credits and up to a maximum of 15 credits of coursework per regular term.

 

 

Last update: 31 July 2019

Students are given an option to complete one of the following concentrations. Double-concentration is not allowed.

 

  1. Environmental Policy Concentration

Students who opt for the Environmental Policy (EP) Concentration are required to take the following elective courses, including at least 18 credits of PPOL Electives and up to 6 credits of EP Concentration Electives, as part of the program requirements:
 
i. PPOL Electives

PPOL 5210
PPOL 5250

And at least 12 credits of the following courses:

PPOL 5180
PPOL 5190
PPOL 5200
PPOL 5220
PPOL 5230
PPOL 5240
PPOL 5270
PPOL 6100


ii. EP Concentration Electives

ENEG 5050
ENVR 5250
ENVR 5260
ENVR 6060
EVSM 5230
EVSM 6070
SOSC 5620
JEVE 5900*

* For the highly technical course(s), students will be approved to take the course(s) with advice sought from the Program Director to construct a concentration that will cover both the policy and technical aspects of a particular area.

 

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, a maximum of two postgraduate courses outside the above lists may be taken as EP Concentration Electives.

 

 

  1. Science and Technology Policy Concentration

Students who opt for the Science and Technology Policy (STP) Concentration are required to take the following elective courses, including at least 18 credits of PPOL Electives and up to 6 credits of STP Concentration Electives, as part of the program requirements:
 
i. PPOL Electives

PPOL 5220
PPOL 5230

And at least 12 credits of the following courses:

PPOL 5180
PPOL 5190
PPOL 5200
PPOL 5210
PPOL 5240
PPOL 5270
PPOL 6100


ii. STP Concentration Electives

ENEG 5050
ISOM 5370
BIEN 5001*
CIEM 5480*
CIEM 5630*
CIEM 5810*
IBTM 5050*
JEVE 5900*

* For the highly technical course(s), students will be approved to take the course(s) with advice sought from the Program Director to construct a concentration that will cover both the policy and technical aspects of a particular area.

 

Subject to the approval of the Program Director, a maximum of two postgraduate courses outside the above lists may be taken as STP Concentration Electives.

 

Last update: 31 July 2019

Students admitted to the dual degree program with the University of Washington (UW) will pursue their first year at UW, and second year at HKUST. Students will enroll in the Global Master of Public Administration (GMPA) Program of UW in Year 1 and complete 50 units of approved coursework, which may be transferred back to HKUST to count toward up to 24 credits of the MPP program requirements with approval of the Program Director.
 

Students will enroll at HKUST in Year 2 to complete the remaining 24 credits of coursework of the MPP Program as follows:
 

   i. Core Course

PPOL 5110
PPOL 5160
PPOL 6110

 

    ii. Elective Courses

Students are required to take 12 credits of elective courses, including at least 6 credits of PPOL Electives, and up to 6 credits of Other Electives from the curriculum.

 

 

Last update: 31 July 2019

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
 

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5


Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Additional Information
  • While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit their GMAT/GRE scores.

  • Interests and motivation: Applicants should make a strong case for their interest in pursuing a professional degree in public policy by submitting their statement of purpose about their interests and motivation.

  • Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with relevant working experience and (or) internships.

  • Selected applicants will be invited to face-to-face interviews or video conferencing/ phone interviews by the admission committee.