Master in Public Management at National University of Singapore

The complexity and demands posed by an increasingly globalised world require enterprising and responsive decision-makers who have a deep understanding of how policies are formulated. These leaders will need the tools to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to implement policy strategies.

The Master in Public Management (MPM) programme is designed to enhance the skills of senior managers working in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in the area of good governance. It is targeted at accomplished officials whose leadership role is acknowledged within their own organisations and who possess the potential to advance to more senior positions.

MPM graduates acquire the advanced managerial and leadership skills needed to undertake diverse responsibilities. The MPM candidate is, therefore, not selected on present accomplishments alone but also on future potential. Students will gain invaluable practical experience during their attachment to Singapore ministries and agencies. Singaporean students may also be attached to overseas organisations with outstanding public policy programmes that pertain to their area of study. This practical experience provides MPM candidates with the opportunity to bridge theory with practice during their course of study.

In addition, the programme employs problem-based learning methods such as case studies, which are refreshing learning experiences that transcend the mere assimilation of facts and allow students an opportunity to learn by doing.

The MPM is a one-year programme for highly accomplished individuals who hold senior leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. The programme teaches advanced public management practices and provides direct exposure to the inner workings of Singapore Government agencies through a six-week attachment. MPM students are also introduced to American politics, society and culture through semester-long studies at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Singaporean MPM students are given the option to undertake their attachment programme in overseas agencies. The objective is to provide Singapore students already familiar with the local system with a wider perspective on public management issues and practices.

To maintain the quality of the MPM programme, the School has maintained a stringent selection process and kept the class size small. The average enrolment for an MPM cohort is around 20-25 students, of which approximately 75% are from overseas.

Programme Requirements

The Master in Public Management degree requires one year of full-time study. The course begins in January. To graduate, the MPM candidate is required to pass five modules at NUS, and four electives at the John F Kennedy School of Government (KSG) at Harvard University. In addition, he or she is expected to successfully complete an attachment programme, and present a paper upon the completion of his or her attachment at the Public Management Seminar Series.

The Executive Committee for Graduate Studies may require a candidate to withdraw from the course of study for the degree of Master in Public Management if, in the Committee's opinion, the candidate's progress has not reached a satisfactory level of proficiency.

To graduate with the MPM, a candidate must have obtained an average of B- (minimum Cumulative Average Point of 3.0) at the end of the course of study. In the case of a candidate who has completed more than the stipulated number of modules required, the calculation of the average will be based on all the modules sat for. A candidate who fails a core module must retake and pass an examination in that core module in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails an elective module may, subject to approval of the School, retake the module or choose an alternative module and pass the examination in the module in a subsequent semester. A candidate who fails a module in a second attempt or fails more than two modules throughout the course of study will be required to terminate his/her candidature.

Admissions Policy

The objective of the admissions policy of the MPM programme is to select a diverse group of students with outstanding academic ability and who have demonstrated career achievement with potential for future growth, and who are contributing to public service.

Criteria for Selection

Among the criteria used to guide the selection process are:

* Leadership capabilities demonstrated through professional accomplishment
* Personal character, demonstrated by professional commitment and direction, motivation and maturity
* Scholastic ability as demonstrated by achievement in an earned undergraduate and/or graduate degree, recommendations, analytic training, written work and standardised test scores

Applicants are also evaluated on the depth and quality of their experience, as demonstrated by work history, references and the applicant's written analysis of past employment experience.

An MPM candidate should be motivated, outward-looking, and open to new ideas. He should be ready to contribute a unique perspective and experience to the programme to benefit other students, and be ready to contribute to his organisation and country at the end of his training. In effect, the candidate we are looking for should be important enough to the organisation that a sabbatical year away would have significant impact for the organisation, but whose added training will be seen as vital in the organisation's next step forward.

In addition, the candidate should meet most of the following criteria:

* Be in an organisational position at least comparable to a Director of Division and up to a Deputy Secretary level in the Singapore Civil Service
* Have demonstrated clear leadership potential within a country civil service or political leadership, or in comparable positions in non-profit organisations or in the private sector
* Likely to be between 35 to 45 years old
* Have a minimum of eight years working experience preferably in the area of policy making and public management
* Possess at least a good tertiary education up to Bachelor level
* Preferably have some background in Mathematics and Economics
* Have a good command of the English Language (minimum TOEFL score of 580 or IELTS band of 6.5)
* Show a genuine interest in governance, and be able or likely to fill a future position in government
* Be of good personal character


The Scholarships/Fellowships below are offered on a competitive basis to recognise outstanding MPM candidates who have clearly demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and are committed to public service. A Scholarship/Fellowship fully finances the candidate’s education in the Master in Public Management programme.

Due to the prestige of the Scholarship/Fellowship, not all awards will be made unless there are candidates of sufficient merit. In addition to meeting the stringent criteria for entry into the MPM programme, all Fellows/Scholars should also demonstrate exceptional academic ability and professional distinction.

Fellows/Scholars may not concurrently hold any other scholarship, fellowship or award without the prior approval of the School.

There is no bond or obligation for the Fellow/Scholar to be employed by NUS or in Singapore.

Note 1: Each Fellowship provides for the following expenses:

* A monthly stipend throughout the period of the award
* A one-time book allowance
* A one-time settling-in allowance
* Shared housing
* Tuition, examination, health insurance and other approved fees
* Tuition fees and accommodation at partner university
* Cost of travel from home country to Singapore on award of the Fellowship
* Cost of travel from Singapore to partner university
* Cost of travel from partner university to Singapore
* Cost of travel from Singapore to home country on graduation
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