Master in Public Administration (MPA)

MPA-iconThe one-year full-time Master in Public Administration (MPA) programme prepares students for senior management roles in the public sector. It provides an intensive, interdisciplinary course of study for professionals who wish to work on increasingly complex issues shaping national, regional and global policies and projects.

Qualified MPA students have the opportunity to pursue a double degree, either with NUS Law School or NUS Business School.

Class Profile

Each MPA class comprises around 40–60 students from about 20 countries. Students are typically senior managers from the public and not-for-profit sectors as well as multilateral organisations. Below is a snapshot of some our MPA students.

Oluwaseun-Bamikole-Fakuade-thumb“I have come to see an important aspect that would prepare me adequately for the future — Diversity. The School houses students and faculty from different countries, with different rich experiences to share.” | See Video

Oluwaseun Bamikole Fakuade


Ramona-Bakshi-thumb“I was part of a not-for-profit organisation and used to create social initiatives and campaigns. When I wanted to do my Master’s in Public Administration, I was very sure I wanted to do it in Asia. So I chose this School, it being the best here.” | See Video

Ramona Bakshi


Samuel-Woodcock-thumb“Before joining LKY School, I was working in India, in the financial inclusion and business development field. Being here in LKY School allows me to gain knowledge from a diverse set of classmates so that I could go back into doing business, but with a broader set of tools and connections to other regions.” | See Video

Samuel Woodcock


MPA students will be required to complete 40 Modular Credits and obtain at least a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.0. There will be common curriculum which focuses on imparting practical skills, disciplinary knowledge, and interdisciplinary competencies necessary for the work done by policy practitioners, researchers, public managers and leaders.

Click here to learn more about the curriculum.

Governance Study Project

MPA students will have to undertake a Governance Study Project, that spans through 2 semesters, which consists of a study trip to a neighbouring country and a student conference.

In December 2018, students visited Philippines to study and research on governance-related projects. By comparing Manila and Boracay Island, students analysed real-life policy issues and learned how to resolve complex managerial problems through research, writing and conference presentations.

Double degree

The School also offers double degree programmes with the NUS Business School and the NUS Faculty of Law. Places for the double degree programme with NUS is highly competitive. Click here for more details.

Tuition Fees & Financial Aids

Subsidy is available for International Students and Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. There are also financial aids in the forms of scholarships and grants. Click here to learn about the cost of fees, and here for the financial aids available.

Admissions Criteria

Applicants should have attained mid-level managerial position in their career stage. They aspire to management roles and demonstrate commitment towards public service. Proficiency in written and spoken English is a must.

Click here for more details on admissions criteria and required documents.


Click here to find out common questions asked on the MPA Programme.


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.