programmes

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

 

MPA Programme Brochure (PDF version)

Message from the Programme Director

As a global city, Hong Kong is undergoing major political and socioeconomic change. Our public managers and professionals are increasingly challenged by complex problems and dynamic situations. The MPA programme at HKU is designed to prepare students to become public service leaders through equipping them with the analytical and problem-solving skills to meet these challenges.

We are celebrating 35 years of excellence in providing professional education in public administration this year. With our extensive experience, internationally recognized faculty members, a vibrant student body, and well-designed curriculum, we provide a rigorous and fruitful education for those who wish to prepare themselves for a prominent career in public service.

We invite you to read on and explore our MPA programme.

Dr. Peter T. Y. CHEUNG
Associate Professor, Department of Politics & Public Administration
Director, MPA Programme

The Department and the MPA teaching staff

The University of Hong Kong’s Department of Politics and Public Administration is a founding department of the Faculty of Social Sciences and has played a leading role in research and teaching in Public Administration in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region since 1969. The Department is a core teaching unit at the University, offering a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Master of Public Administration, Master of International and Public Affairs, and Doctor of Public Administration. Our programmes are amongst the most renowned in Hong Kong and many of our graduates are now serving in the upper echelons of the HKSAR Government. At the forefront of Politics and Public Administration education is a commitment to excellence in training our students to become future leaders in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The Programme

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programme, first launched in 1978, is designed to provide high quality professional education to students and prepare them for leadership roles in the public sector.

The curriculum is designed to fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Acquire cutting edge knowledge in public administration and public policy.
  2. Understand the changing institutional and political contexts of public affairs.
  3. Examine the critical issues and possible solutions to the challenges in governance.
  4. Develop professional knowledge and core skills required to become effective public managers and leaders.

Distinctive programme features:

  1. an optional live-in course in the Chinese Academy of Governance (國家行政學院)
  2. extensive use of interactive teaching methods
  3. intensive workshops conducted by distinguished international scholars
  4. experience sharing with senior practitioners and professionals from the public, private and nonprofit sectors
  5. simulation exercises for training various practical skills
  6. opportunities for one-day shadowing with various organizations

Programme Structure

The MPA is offered on a 2-year part-time or 1-year full-time basis. Students are required to complete eight taught courses and one capstone project or dissertation in order to graduate. The eight courses include four compulsory courses, and four courses from a list of electives.

To accommodate midcareer students, the compulsory courses are usually scheduled on Saturdays and elective courses on weekday evenings or Saturday afternoons.

  Part-time Full-time Capstone Project
or
Dissertation
Timeline Year 1 Semester 1
September
October
November
December
POLI7002 +
POLI8027
POLI7002 +
POLI8027 +
2 Elective courses
  Semester 2
January
February
March
April
2 Elective courses POLI8017 +
POLI8026 +
2 Elective courses
May
June
July
August
*Mainland live-in course *Mainland live-in course
Year 2 Semester 3
September
October
November
December
2 Elective courses  
  Semester 4
January
February
March
April
POLI8017 +
POLI8026
 

* The optional Mainland live-in course (POLI8008 Public Administration in China) is available to students at additional cost. It lasts for about two weeks and will require time off work. The course will be offered at the Chinese Academy of Governance (國家行政學院).

Students are expected to consult the administrator or Director of the MPA programme regarding the latest information about course offering and course selection. They can also access the syllabuses and regulations of the MPA programme.

Course List

(i) Compulsory courses:

  • POLI7002 Public Administration: Scope and lssues
  • POLI8017 Workshop in Public Affairs
  • POLI8026 Workshop in Managerial Skills
  • POLI8027 Public Administration in Hong Kong

(ii) Elective courses:
(these course offerings may vary each academic year)

Course Descriptions

(I) Compulsory courses:

  • POLI7002 Public administration: Scope and Issues This course provides an introduction to the study of public administration in the modern state, focusing on the interdependent and changing nature of the state, market and civil society. Perspectives include work arrangements, legal-structural configurations, and policy dynamics of both historical and current significance.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8017 Workshop in Public Affairs This course introduces the latest developments in the study of public affairs in a workshop format emphasizing intensive learning, hands-on training, as well as active participation of the students. Distinguished visiting scholars will be invited to teach this workshop. Topics to be covered may vary each year, and may cut across the boundaries of different subfields in public administration and policy.
    Assessment: 100% coursework
  • POLI8026 Workshop in Managerial Skills The purpose of the course is to enable students to develop practical managerial skills in public administration, including the skills required for handling the media, harnessing civil society, copying with issues of public accountability, managing crises, and providing leadership in the departmental context. Distinguished practitioners will be invited to share their experiences with the students.
    Assessment: 100% coursework
  • POLI8027 Public Administration in Hong Kong This course will provide an overview of some of the major issues in public administration and public policy in Hong Kong. Topics include: the public administrative system of Hong Kong; the budgetary system and public financial policy; ministerialization and its impact on executive leadership and the relationship between politics and administration; the recent trends of public sector reform and alternative modes of service delivery.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8012 Dissertation The dissertation presents the results of a student’s research and should demonstrate a sound understanding of the field of study and appropriate research methods. A dissertation topic is selected in consultation with relevant teaching staff of the Department by 31 January of the final academic year of study. The dissertation is then researched and written and submitted for examination by 31 July of the final academic year of study.
    Assessment: 100% coursework
  • POLI8028 Capstone ProjectThe capstone project enables students to integrate what they have learned from the MPA programme and demonstrate their ability to analyze critical issues in public policy and management. Students will work in small groups to complete a research project. A topic is selected in consultation with relevant teaching staff by 31 January of the final academic year of study. The project is then researched, written and submitted for examination by 31 July of the final academic year of study.
    Assessment: 100% coursework

(II) Elective Courses

  • POLI7001 Human Resource Management This course examines the policies and practices of human resource management in Hong Kong from a comparative perspective. Specific topics include: staffing, training and development, performance management, and staff relations in Hong Kong government as well as recent developments in the public sector in China and abroad.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI7003 Public Policy: Issues and Approaches This course introduces students to the study of public policy by reviewing the main theoretical approaches in the field and examining key policy issues in Hong Kong. The course covers three areas: (a) the basic concepts used in analyzing the policy process and the political and institutional contexts of policy making; (b) the major theoretical approaches to the study of policy making, policy implementation and evaluation and (c) case studies of important policy issues in Hong Kong.
    Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% examination
  • POLI7004 Public Management Reform Over the last 10-15 years, established systems of public management have been subject to widespread and often radical reform. This has involved the adoption of various strategies of decentralisation, corporatisation and privatisation, resulting in numerous mixes of public and private activity in which partnerships, contracts and other means of forging relationships are of considerable significance.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8001 Bureaucracy and the Public In the age of New Public Management, the distinctiveness and the identity of the “public” seem to have been largely lost. This course seeks to (1) “rediscover the public” in public administration by evaluating the plausible conceptions of the public in relation to the bureaucracy; and (2) consider institutional design to strengthen collective capacities for achieving public purposes through public administration.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8002 Ethics and Public Affairs This course focuses on the normative aspects of public policy and public administration. Using concepts and arguments which are mainly derived from moral philosophy, the course examines the ethical justifications for, and the moral implications of, the policy choices and conduct of public officials.
    Assessment: 100% coursework
  • POLI8003 Financial Management This course examines the nature, processes, causes and effects of budgeting as a fiscal instrument to enhance economic growth, as a mechanism for the allocation of scarce resources, and as a management tool for executive planning and financial control.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8004 Government and Law This course examines the legal regulation of governmental powers at the constitutional and administrative levels. Topics include: the constitutional development of Hong Kong under ‘One Country Two Systems” and the Basic Law; principles of constitutional and legal interpretation; constitutional protection of human rights under the Basic Law and the Bill of Rights; the nature of judicial review of administrative actions; exercise of discretionary powers by administrative officials; principles of judicial review and their application in actual cases.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8005 Government and the Economy The course surveys the objectives pursued by government in managing the economy, the means employed in pursuit of those objectives, and theories concerning government's economic behaviour.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8006 Policy-making in China This course focuses on the public policy making system in China and includes an examination of policy making in specific sectoral areas, such as industry, agriculture and foreign policy.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8007 Policy Problems in Hong Kong This course concentrates on the policy making process in Hong Kong, with particular reference to pressure groups, public opinion and the allocation of resources. Use is made of case studies of the formulation, implementation and effects of economic and social policies.
    Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% examination
  • POLI8008 Public Administration in China This course examines the context of public administration in contemporary China; party and state institutions; public personnel management; and the formulation and implementation of public policy.
    Assessment: 100% coursework.
  • POLI8009 Policy Design and Analysis This course focuses on conceptual and analytical skills and techniques required for understanding, and suggesting solutions to, policy problems. It examines four major components of public policy analysis – problem definition, policy design, policy assessment, and policy argumentation.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8011 A Selected Topic in Public Policy This course concentrates on advanced topics in public policy and is offered from time to time as resources permit.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8014 NGOs and Governance This course examines the relationships between and among the state, market and civil society with particular reference to the work of those not-for-profit organizations and associations which are normally referred to as NGOs. It focuses on the legal-structural dimensions of NGOs and the ways in which they operate in the production, provision, ownership, regulation and facilitation of various goods and services.
    Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% examination
  • POLI8018 Management Information Systems The course examines key principles and practices of information systems and a range of analytical approaches concerning the needs of modern management. Topics include: the organizational foundations and management of information systems and resources; different types of computer-based information systems and decision support tools; and analytical potential in e-management and e-government.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8019 Comparative Public Administration Reform Reform of public administration in many countries is increasingly becoming an important instrument for achieving policy goals. A comparative analysis of reform directions allows us a better understanding of governance systems internationally. The course will examine the institutional arrangements and relational factors between civil service, politicians, and civil society in a selected number of countries.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8020 Administrative Research and Programme Evaluation This course provides an overview of methods of social inquiry employed in pursuing research projects in academic and policy settings. Both the conceptual and empirical dimensions of the subject are explored. On the empirical side, considerable attention is accorded to qualitative methods. The policy-related component is focused on methods of public programme evaluation commonly relied upon to determine the need for government intervention and its effectiveness.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8021 Organization Theory and Management This course examines the fundamental theories of (i) organizational behaviors; (ii) organizational structures; (iii) decision making processes; and (iv) organizational management with particular emphasis on public organizations. Emphasis is placed on the application of theory to various organizational settings including public and nonprofit organizations, and the local, state and federal levels of bureaucracies.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8022 Comparative Public Policy This course explores public policy-making as both a political process and a problem-solving process. It seeks to critically investigate and compare the ways in which policy problems are addressed in different countries. In so doing, we will develop an understanding of how and why policy problems persist, as well as the policy instruments and institutions that have evolved in response.
    Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% examination
  • POLI8023 A Selected Topic in Public Management This course concentrates on advanced topics in public administration and is offered from time to time as resources permit.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8024 China's Governance in the Reform Era This course aims to analyze the key issues shaping the governance of China during the reform era. It will examine institutional and policy challenges critical to China’s governance, such as leadership succession, civil service and administrative reforms, central-local relations, regional development, state-society relations, social inequality, globalization and the growing integration between Hong Kong and the Mainland.
    Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% examination
  • POLI8025 Public Administration in Action This course offers a critical analysis of public administration in Hong Kong, with particular reference to the introduction and expansion of the Principal Official Accountability System. It examines the principles of public governance, the unique features of the HKSAR Government including its relations with the Mainland authorities and its participation in regional and international affairs.
    Assessment: 100% coursework
  • POLI8029 Non-profit Management This course will advance students’ understanding of nonprofit management and how government could work with nonprofits in carrying out public policies or delivering public services. It will draw upon theories advanced by the scholarly community and provide case studies for in-depth analysis of key themes in nonprofit management, such as legal framework and institutional environment, governance, public and nonprofit partnership, accountability, contracting, strategic planning, and leadership.
    Assessment: 100% coursework

Our Faculty

The MPA programme is taught by faculty members from HKU’s Department of Politics and Public Administration. They are actively engaged in teaching, research, and service.

Professor John P BURNS, Chair Professor of Politics and Public Administration, Dean of Social Sciences
BA, St Olaf College; MA, Oxford and Columbia; MPhil, PhD, East Asian Institute Certificate, Columbia
Expertise: political economy of public administration; public sector employee behavior, public sector employee reform in China and Hong Kong, party-state relations in China
Dr. Peter T. Y. CHEUNG, Associate Professor
BSocSc, CUHK; MA, Indiana; PhD, Washington
Expertise: public policy in Hong Kong, cross-boundary cooperation between Hong Kong and South China, intergovernmental relations in China.
Mr. Peter LAI Hing-Ling, Honorary Professor (Former Secretary for Security)
B.A. HKU
Expertise: managerial skills, public administration in Hong Kong
Professor Danny W. F. LAM, Professor
BSocSc, CUHK; PhD, Indiana
Expertise: public policy analysis, institutional analysis, public management, common-pool resources management, self-governance
Professor Eliza LEE, Professor, Head of Department
BSocSc, CUHK; MA, PhD, Syracuse
Expertise: participative governance, civil society organizations, social policy development, public management, and gender issues
Dr. Helen LIU, Assistant Professor
B.A., Ohio State U; M.A., U Texas-Austin; Ph.D., Indiana
Expertise: public and nonprofit management, interorganizational networks, social service provision
Professor Ian THYNNE, Visiting Professor
B.A., Ph.D., Wellingting
Expertise: public governance, public organization, administrative law, and organizational change

Distinguished International Scholars

In addition to our own staff, distinguished international scholars and practitioners are invited to give guest lectures and especially to be involved in POLI 8017 Workshop in Public Affairs, which is explicitly international in focus.

Mr. Paul Mercier
Director, Research and Analysis Division
Treasury Board of Canada
Professor Eugene Bardach
Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California Berkeley
Professor H Brinton Milward
Director of the School of Government and Public Policy
Providence Service Corporation Chair in Public Management
University of Arizona
Professor Shamsul Haque
Editor-in-Chief, Asian Journal of Political Science
Deputy Editor, International Review of Administrative Sciences
Department of Political Science
National University of Singapore
Ms. Colette Nault
Director, General Recruitment Priorities
Resourcing and Learning Branch
Public Service Commission of Canada
Professor Patricia Ingraham
Founding Dean, College of Community and Public Affairs
Binghamton University
Professor Rosemary O’Leary
Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs & Administration
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The University of Kansas
Professor Bryan Jones
J.J. "Jake" Pickle Regents Chair in Congressional Studies
Department of Government
The University of Texas at Austin
(Late) Professor Elinor Ostrom
Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic Sciences
Arthur F Bentley Professor
Department of Political Science
Indiana University, Bloomington
Professor Jan-Erik Lane
Professor in Political Science
University of Geneva
Professor Roger B Parks
Professor Emeritus
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University, Bloomington
Professor Peter J May
Donald R. Matthews Distinguished Professor of American Politics
Department of Political Science
University of Washington
Professor James L Perry
Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Professor
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University, Bloomington
Professor Guy Peters
Maurice Falk Professor of American Government
Department of Political Science
University of Pittsburgh
Ms. Marilyn Stuart-Major
Director General, Executive Programs
Public Service Commission of Canada
Professor Martin Rein
Professor Emeritus of Social Policy
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Professor Gary Wamsley
Professor Emeritus
Center for Public Administration and Policy
Virginia Tech
Professor Beryl Radin
Adjunct Professor
McCourt School of Public Policy (MSPP)
Georgetown University
Professor Roger Wettenhall
Professor Emeritus
ANZSOG Institute for Governance
University of Canberra
Dr. Jodi Sandfort
Associate Professor and Chair of the School’s Leadership & Management Area
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Professor Kenneth Wiltshire
J.D. Story Professor of Public Administration
Department of Government
University of Queensland
Ms. Fiona Spencer
Director General, Human Resources Management
Privy Council Office
The Government of Canada

Our MPA Students

Our students are a mix of professionals from the public, business and non-governmental sectors. The majority have some managerial experience, although a number are from the top tiers of management, who seek to further their career through obtaining an MPA. The diversity of our student body provides exciting and enriching opportunities for exchange and learning in the classroom.

Our Graduates said:

  • "The MPA programme proved to be an eye-opener for me. Despite having been a technical bureaucrat throughout my career, I was amazed that it had opened so many new dimensions to me in the public administration arena. Subjects like policy formulation, implementation and critical analysis, human resources management, as well as financial management were much more enriching than what I had originally expected from a postgraduate course. In retrospect, I consider the time and effort spent at HKU well worth it for the intellectual as well as practical knowledge with which the programme has equipped me." - Mr. Chi Keung HON, JP, Director, Civil Engineering and Development Department, MPA 1997
  • "The MPA programme at HKU strikes the appropriate balance between theory and practice; it allowed me to build upon the ski lls and knowledge I needed in my pursuit to raise the standard of good governance and public service." - Mr. Alan N. LAI, GBS, JP, The Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudsman, MPA 1982
  • "I appreciate how the MPA programme is designed to approach concepts and theories through day-to-day issues in society. Al though l had been working in Government for some time, as I went through the programme, I often discovered new perspectives, sometimes enlightened by a more d1eoretical-based framework, sometimes inspired from an "outsider's" standpoint. The programme would not be complete, however, without the good mix of classmates who brought not only ideas but also fun and laughter during class. The network built up is truly an asset to my career as I have access to contacts across many Government departments. I must say their official and unofficial advice has often made my job easier!" - Ms. Leonie H.L. LEE, Assistant Secretary, Education Bureau, MPA 2010
  • "Obtaining a second degree from a renowned university has enhanced my career prospects and opportunities. The benefits of earning an MPA from HKU, however, go beyond graduation. As part of the Alumni Association, my learning and development has continued through priority access to seminars and workshops on public affairs and, more importantly, through connection with a large and highly networked group of alumni and peers." - Mr. Tak Keung CHEUNG, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations), Hong Kong Police Force, MPA 2005

Our Distinguished Alumni

With over 35 years of history, the MPA programme has produced graduates who have not only developed successful careers, but also made significant contributions to Hong Kong. Today we have over 700 alumni working in the government, public bodies, non-profit organizations, private firms, universities and educational institutions.

Name Post Company/Department Year of Graduation
Dr CHAN YUEN Tak Fai, Dorothy, JP Deputy Director of Administration & Resources School of Professional and Continuing Education,
The University of Hong Kong
1981
International President The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
Mr LAI Nin, Alan, GBS, JP Ombudsman Office of Ombudsman 1982
Dr LEE Ching Yee, Jane Director HKSKH Welfare Council 1983
Dr CHAN Yiu Wing Former Chief Staff Officer Auxiliary Medical Service
HKSAR Government
1984
Mr WONG Fook Yee Former Assistant Director Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department,
HKSAR Government
1984
Mrs LAU MAK Yee Ming, Alice, JP Former Commissioner of Inland Revenue Inland Revenue Department,
HKSAR Government
1985
Mr CHIANG Yam Wang, Allan Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data 1986
Mr KWOK Kwok Chuen, JP, BBS Former Government Economist Financial Secretary's Office,
HKSAR Government
1986
Mr. AU YEUNG Ho Lok,
Luke, C.D.S.M. C.M.S.M
Deputy Comissioner of Customs & Excise Custom & Excise Department
HKSAR Government
1990
Dr YUK Tak Fun, Alice, JP Chairman The Hong Kong General Chamber of Social Enterprises 1991
Dr FAN Yun-Sun,Susan, JP Executive Director Family Planning Association of Hong Kong 1992
Mr HUI Cho-hang, Desmond Superintendent(Complaints Investigation Unit)
Quality Assurance Division
Correctional Services Department
HKSAR Government
1992
Mrs. CHIU YAU Mei Po, Mable Senior Assistant Registrar Vice-Chancellor’s Office
The University of Hong Kong
1995
Mr. WONG Tak Wing, Albert Assistant Director of Audit Audit Commission
HKSAR Government
1995
Ms. WONG Tee Vee, Vivian Senior Assistant Registrar and Faculty Secretary Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong
1995
Mrs YUEN KWONG Sau Yee, Cecilia Former Assistant Director Social Welfare Department
HKSAR Government
1996
Mr HON Chi Keung, JP Director Civil Engineering and Development Department 1997
Mr. LAM Tin Sing, Enoch, JP Director of Water Supplies Water Supplies Department
HKSAR Government
1997
Ms. LUK Wai Ling, Melody Chief Labour Officer (Labour Relations) Labour Department
HKSAR Government
1997
Mr LUK Wai Hung Chief Engineer
Project and Development Branch
Drainage Services Department
HKSAR Government
1997
Mr. SHUM Kwok Leung Deputy Chief Ambulance Officer Fire Services Department
HKSAR Government
1997
Ms CHAN Fung Lan, Doris Principal Trade Officer Trade and Industry Department
HKSAR Government
1998
Mr CHUNG Siu Man, Raymond Assistant Director (Port Control) Marine Department,
HKSAR Government
1998
Ms. MA Siu Hung, Candy Chief Executive Officer
(Conduct and Discipline)
Civil Service Bureau
HKSAR Government
1998
Mr. AU Wing Hung Chief Building Surveyor Buildings Department
HKSAR Government
1999
Mr CHEUK Wai-fun Former Chief Engineer / Islands (Hong Kong Island and Islands Development Office) Civil Engineering and Development Department
HKSAR Government
1999
Mr. CHIU Yu Chow District Environment Hygiene Superintendent (Operation) Food and Environment Hygiene Department
HKSAR Government
1999
Ms PANG Mee Yuk, Melissa Chief Development Manager MTR Corporation 1999
Mrs KWONG LAU Po Yuk, Christina Former Chief Engineer Civil Engineering and Development Department
HKSAR Government
2001
Ms LAU Chi Wai, Edwina Regional Commander Hong Kong Police Force
HKSAR Government
2001
Mr TSANG Chee Wah, Luke Head of Programme Development Radio Television Hong Kong 2001
Miss Monica CHEN, JP Principle Assistant Secretary for Transport & Housing Transport and Housing Bureau
HKSAR Government
2002
Mr. CHONG Wing Hong, Ben Former Chief Building Surveyor Building Department
HKSAR Government
2003
Mr. LEE Kui Biu, Robin Department Head Civil Engineering Office (Port & Land) Civil Engineering and Development Department
HKSAR Government
2003
Mr TAM Tai Keung Divisional Commander Fire Services Department
HKSAR Government
2003
Dr. KO Pat Sing, Tony Service Director (Primary & Community Health Care) New Territories West Cluster 2004
Hospital Chief Executive Pok Oi Hospital
The Hospital Authority
Mr LEE Cheung Wing, John Former Head of Customs Drug Investigation Bureau Customs and Excise Department
HKSAR Government
2004
Mr CHAN Chi Kin Former Principal Immigration Officer Immigration Department
HKSAR Government
2005
Mr CHEUNG Tak Keung, Jacob Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operations Wing) Hong Kong Police Force
HKSAR Government
2005
Mrs LO Ho Yin, Martha Assistant Director (Local Public Relations) Information Services Department
HKSAR Government
2005
Dr LO Seen Tsing, Sue Senior Doctor The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong 2005
Mr TSO Wai Yan Former Principal Investigator (Operations Department) Independent Commission Against Corruption
HKSAR Government
2005
Mr AU Chi Kwong, Sonny Assistant Commissioner of Police (Security) Hong Kong Police Force
HKSAR Government
2006
Ms CHAN Yuk Mei, Cassandra Former Controller of Procurement Division Government Logisties Department
HKSAR Government
2006
Mr LAM Man Wing, Edwin Assistant Commissioner of Police (Support) Hong Kong Police Force
HKSAR Government
2006
Mr TO Chun Wai, Clarence Former Assistant
Commissioner of Police
Hong Kong Police Force
HKSAR Government
2006
MrYAU Wai Keung Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Licensing & Certification) Fire Services Department
HKSAR Government
2006
Miss YAU Kwai Chong, Eliza Assistant Secretary to the Commission on Strategic Development Central Policy Unit
HKSAR Government
2006
Mr HO Fu Ho, Jonathan General Manager, Corporate Communications Division Hong Kong Productivity Council 2007
Ms CHUNG Woon Fan, Flora Chief Executive Officer Agency for Volunteer Service 2008
Ms KAO Hing Monica, Esther The Secretary The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers 2008
Ms HO Odilia, Angela Vice Principal
(Administration and Finance)
Singapore International School
(Hong Kong)
2009
Mr KONG Ping Lam, Francis Deputy Chief Fire Officer (Kowloon) Fire Services Department
HKSAR Government
2009
Mr LAW Wai Fung, Eric, CSMSM Former Chief Superintendent of Correctional Services Head of Stanley Prison Correctional Services Department
HKSAR Government
2010
Mr NG Bond Loy Former Chief Fire Officer Fire Services Department
HKSAR Government
2010
Dr TANG Yiu Hang, Simon Deputy Hospital Chief Executive Tuen Mun Hospital
Hospital Authority
2012
Mr YIP Kan Chuen, Frankie Chief Manager
Corporate Communication
Hospital Authority 2012

Access to Facilities and Services

MPA students have full access to all campus facilities and services, including libraries, computer facilities, the University Health Services (medical and dental) and sports amenities.

Master of Public Administration Alumni Association (MPAAA)

With 35 years of history, the MPA programme has graduated over 700 alumni, many of whom are now occupying key positions in the civil service, public bodies, non-profit organizations, private firms, and tertiary institutions. They represent our fine tradition of dedication to public service. The MPA Alumni Association, inaugurated in 2005, strengthens our alumni network and ties with society.

The MPAAA welcomes all MPA graduates to join. Please visit http://www.alumni.hku.hk/mpaaa for updated information about the Association.

Admission

The Requirements

Applicants for admission to the MPA programme

(a) shall hold

  1. a Bachelor's degree with honours of the University of Hong Kong, or
  2. another qualification of equivalent standard from the University of Hong Kong or from another University or comparable institution accepted for this purpose, and

(b) satisfy the English language requirements of HKU; and

(c) if deemed necessary, satisfy examiners in a qualifying examination.

Successful applicants usually have at least three years of working experiences.

A candidate who does not hold a Bachelor's degree with honours of this University or another qualification of equivalent standard may in exceptional circumstances be permitted to register if he or she demonstrates adequate preparation for studies at this level and satisfies the examiners in a qualifying examination. The purpose of this qualifying examination is to test the candidate's formal academic ability or ability to follow the course of study prescribed. Applicants whose undergraduate record is considered to be of an insufficient standard may also be required to sit for the qualifying examination.

We also welcome candidates with appropriate qualifications and experiences to apply as occasional students to enrol in individual courses. Occasional students are not formally registered with the University and hence will not be granted the access to the campus facilities. Our Department will issue certificates of attendance to occasional students who have attended more than 80% of the teaching sessions of their chosen courses and completed all the required assignments/examinations.

Schedule of Fees for regular students 2014-2015 (in HK$)

Application $ 300 (non-refundable)
Caution Money $ 350
Composition $ 134,000 per year (full-time)
$ 67,000 per year (part-time)

Schedule of Fees for occasional students 2014-2015 (in HK$)

Application $ 300 (non-refundable)
Composition $ 17,000 per course

Application forms

Regular Students:

Online application system: http://www.asa.hku.hk/admissions/tpg
Closing Date: 28 February, 2014

Occasional Students:

Application form for occasional students:
Occasional students 2013-2014 (pdf)
Closing Date: 31 July for first semester admission, 30 November for second semester admission

Programme Administration & Enquiry

Programme Director

Dr. Peter T. Y. CHEUNG
B.Soc.Sc. CUHK; M.A. Indiana; Ph.D. Washington

Logistics Support

Ms Nicole YUNG
Tel: 3917 5563
Email: mpahku@hku.hk
Website: http://ppa.hku.hk/mpa