MPA Curriculum

MPA students will be required to complete 40 Modular Credits and obtain at least a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of minimum 3.0. You need to complete the following:

Core Modules

The core modules focus on imparting practical skills, disciplinary knowledge, and interdisciplinary competencies necessary for the work done by policy practitioners, researchers, public managers and leaders.

Governance Study Project

MPA students will have to undertake the Governance Study Project (GSP), a team-based module consisting of a study trip and a final conference that spans through 2 semesters. The GSP connects the beginning to the end of the MPA degree programme, requiring students to apply the knowledge and skills learnt in each module. Through projects that are real public problems in the region, students will acquire skills related to analysis of complex managerial problems, basic research, and writing and other presentational modes. The GSP also aims for students to develop higher emotional intelligence, team building and a strong sense of cohort.

Electives from the Public Management and Leadership Specialisation

MPA students will have to take 2 modules from the Public Management and Leadership Specialisation area.


You can choose to read any 4 Elective modules. For a list of all Elective modules offered, click here.

Cross-Faculty Modules

Students may also register for a maximum of 2 Elective modules offered in other postgraduate programmes, such as Business Administration, Economics, Political Science and Southeast Asian Studies.

Typical MPA Academic Calendar for AY 2017-18

Mid-July to AugOrientation Programme
Semester 1
Aug to Nov
2 Common Curriculum module
Governance Study Project
3 Elective modules*
End-Nov to early-DecExaminations
DecGovernance Study Trip
Semester 2
Jan to Apr
2 Common Curriculum modules
Governance Study Project
2 Elective modules*
End-Apr to early-MayExaminations
Special Term
Mid-May to end-June
1 Elective module*

* MPA students must complete 2 modules from the Public Management and Leadership specialisation in one or two of the semesters.

Continuation and Termination

A student who fails a core module must retake and pass the examination in that core module in a subsequent semester or the special term. A student 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 or the special term.

A student’s CAP should not fall below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters or 3.0 for two consecutive semesters and the special term. A student who fails to maintain the minimum CAP as stipulated would have his/her candidature terminated. A student who fails in a module in a second attempt or fails three modules throughout the course of study will be required to terminate his/her candidature.


Aside from the comprehensive information on our admissions page, if you have any other queries or would like to receive a copy of our programme brochure, please submit your request via our query form. Alternatively, you may also speak to our admissions officers at +65 65168004.