Master of Public Administration (Course Work)

The Master of Public Administration programme is designed for those serving in the public sector and those planning a career in the public service by equipping students with knowledge in the foundations, structures and functions of the public sector. It exposes students to global developments in the theory and practice of public administration. It focusses on the following: 

• The normative foundations of public adminisation and the implications of the changing and increasingly challenging national and global context for effective governance;
• A theoretically-based examination of the structures and functioning of the public sector and public organisations; and
• Strenghtening research and analytical skills needed for effective problem solving and decision making in the public sector.

Students will acquire the following knowledge and skills important to public administration: (a) an adequate understanding of the political and institutional setting; (b) sufficient management skills; (c) sufficient technical, analytical and research skills for high quality work; (d) an adequate mastery of substantive issues in one’s policy area.

Programme Structure
The programme is offered in 3 semesters for full-time students and 6 semesters for part-time students.
Students accumulated 44 units throughout their candidature. Of these, 32 units are from core courses and 12 units from elective courses.

Core Courses (32 units)

SPA501/4 Public Administration and Political System
SPA502/4 Research Methods
SPA503/4 Organizational Management
SPA504/4 Economics for the Public Sector
SPA505/4 Government and Politics in Malaysia
SPA506/4 Public Sector Management
SPA507/4 Issues in the Malaysian Economy
SPA508/4 Policy Analysis and Design

Elective Courses (12 units)

SPA512/4 Case Studies in Managing Public Sector
SPA515/4 Ethics and Administration
SPA517/4 Globalisation and Regionalism
SPA518/4 Environment, Development and Policy
SPA591/4 Independent Studies
SPA592/12 Research Project

Degree Awarded

Students who have successfully completed the programme are awarded Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

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