The Master of Public Administration (MPA) Programme is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time taught postgraduate programme offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences and School of Business with support from the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing and the Pace University (PU), New York.

As China continues its rapid development, government officials, civil servants and administrators in both public and business sectors realise the need for better understanding in policy and public affairs at local, national and international levels. The MPA Programme offered by 3 faculties at HKBU along with Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Pace University (PU). HKBU has well-recognised faculty research projects and research centres working in areas related to several aspects of government policy and public affairs. It is also a university emphasising East-West interaction. A comparative element in most of the courses enhances the uniqueness of the Programme and its usefulness to both public and private sectors. CASS's expertise in public affairs and law practice in the Mainland is also invaluable.

Programme Aims

The Programme is designed to accomplish the following objectives:

(i)     To provide students with a solid foundation in public administration, such as in the Mainland and also from a comparative and global perspective;

(ii)  To illustrate the relation to law, ethics and other aspects of the public affairs;

(iii)  To develop students’ ability in the management of human resources, finance, sport and public amenities;

(iv)  To enable students to become reflective and critical administrators with the ability to assess and respond to the changing needs of the society.


Programme Features

A balanced approach that includes a China's theme
Collaboration between CASS and HKBU ensures that there will be global aspects and a focus on China's public administration.

High level of expertise
Expertise is drawn from three institutions (HKBU, CASS and PU) and 3 faculties to teach the Programme. Overseas scholars and prominent public policy-makers may be invited to give guest lectures.

Independent research experience
Project training under individual supervision to provide students with an independent research experience that is useful for both career development and further studies.

Easily adaptable study schedule
Students are expected to study two courses per semester only. Normally, there are two weekday evening classes per week.

Academic Prize
Academic prizes will be available to final year students based on good academic performance.