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Master of Public Administration

Course Description


The programme synergizes the expertise in political science and public administration of the faculty to develop an interdisciplinary approach in training students to address the challenges of governance, public administration and international relations in the national and regional context. The programme focuses on the fundamental principles, practices and techniques of organisational management related to public institutions. It attempts to expose students to relevant theories, and their applications in multidisciplinary fields such as political science, public administration, political economy, human resources management, international relations and town management. The emphasis is on linking theory to research, problem solving skills, as well as professional analysis of a wide range of issues in the areas of policy analysis, public sector management, urban planning design and urban development.


The interdisciplinary nature of the degree, which draws from fields such as economics, sociology, finance, political science, and regional planning, prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state and federal/national government, and increasingly in non-governmental organization (NGO) and nonprofit sectors. The multidisciplinary approaches and methodologies provide the students a comprehensive overview of the current challenges of public administration and prepare them a career in the public and private sector. Generally, the main benefit of pursuing a career in the public administration field is that the candidate will acquire a vast amount of knowledge on a wide range of topics.

Visit the website http://fep.um.edu.my/student/postgraduate/mpa

Language Requirement

International applicants who have not received a bachelor's degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must show proof of a minimum standard of proficiency in English. The minimum English language requirement for purposes of admission is:

(a) a score of 550 for paper-based total or 213 for computer-based total for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
(b) a band of 6 for the International English Testing System (IELTS).

Structure of Programme

Candidates of this programme are required to take five (5) Core Courses, one (1) Research Paper, and four (4) Optional Courses. The courses are :

Core Courses:

- EPGB6120 Management Theory and Practice
- EPGB6121 Financial Administration in Developing Countries
- EPGB6122 Research Methodology
- EPGB6123 Policy Analysis and Programme Evaluation
- EPGB6124 Politics, Development and Governance
- EPGB6181 Research Paper

Optional Courses:

EPGB6111 Human Resource Management
EPGB6112 Quality Management
EPGB6319 Malaysian Politics
EPGB6320 Public Management Techniques
EPGB6322 Social Policy and Development
EPGB6324 Planning Administration in Community Development
EPGB6325 Civil Society and Social Transformation
EPGB6326 Institutions and Organizations

Duration of Programme

The minimum period of study is 3 semesters and the maximum period of study is 8 semesters. Each academic year consists of two semesters, commencing in September (Semester I) and February (Semester II) of each year.

Programme by Dissertation

The Faculty also offers the Master of Public Administration programme fully by dissertation. This programme is only open to graduates with exceptionally good qualifications (First Class Honours or CGPA of at least 3.7), and has experience in academic writing (proof of publication is necessary). This programme requires students to submit a dissertation of not exceeding 60,000 words at the end of the programme. In addition, the Faculty may set as a requirement for a candidate to follow prescribed courses. Those interested in the programme is advised to contact the Faculty for further details.

Programme Brochure - http://fep.um.edu.my/docs/librariesprovider7/Postgraduate-/programme-brochure.pdf?sfvrsn=0

Career Opportunity

- Government agencies ( federal, state, local and others)

- Educational services (universities, colleges and others)

- Non-governmental organization (NGO)

- Non-profit organizations

- Service organizations

Visit the Master of Public Administration page on the University of Malaya website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

(a) a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of CGPA 3.0 or equivalent and sufficient knowledge of public administration or relevant field; or (b) any other qualification as may be approved by the Senate from time to time.

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