Building Capacity for Impact in Public Service

Unlike traditional Master in Public Administration programs, the MPM places an emphasis on knowledge, habits of mind, analytic skills and managerial capabilities that are highly transferable across sectors and policy domains. The program is designed for mid-career professionals, with at least three years of work experience, who wish to upgrade or update their understanding of public policy and strengthen their leadership and management skills. The program can also meet the demand for managers and professionals working in the non-profit or private sector who wish to gain knowledge and insights about decision-making and implementation in the public sector.

While most of our students, especially those from the civil service, will seek career advancement opportunities in their current organizations, graduates from this program will be sought after for work in governments, in the part of the private sector that work with governments, and in the fast-growing sector of domestic and international non-governmental organizations. The MPM will equip them with a  skillset that enables them to move across these sectors – as competent managers and potential leaders.

How is HKUST's MPM different from HKUST's Master of Public Policy (MPP) and traditional Master of Public Administration (MPA)?


HKUST’s MPM program

HKUST’s MPP program

Traditional MPA

Program/Course Design
  • Focuses on the managerial and leadership challenges in the public sector and equips students with inter-disciplinary perspectives needed for a successful  career in the public sector or organizations that work with governments.
  • Focuses on equipping students with the analytical and research skills that are valued in public and private sector organizations.
  • Focuses on administration, typically associated with operational and implementation issues.
Requirements of Student Intake
  • Students are required to have at least 3 years of work experience typically in a public sector organization.
  • Students from non-government and private sector organizations that work closely with governments are  welcome.
  • Caters to younger students with limited working experience, typically fresh out of university.
  • Not necessary for students to have at least 3 years of work experience.
  • Typically for students who intend to pursue a career in the public sector.
Career Prospects
  • Aims to train students to be ready to work in or with the public sector.
  • Aims to prepare students for career in various sectors.
  • Typically aims to train students to work in the government.
Study Pattern
  • One year on full-time basis or two years on part-time basis
  • A two-year full-time program


  • Capacity Building: The development of public sector leaders with analytical capacity, managerial skills and political acumen
  • Policy Development and Leadership: A strong emphasis on policy development and leadership in complex settings
  • Sustainability and Technology Innovation: Expertise in the management of key issues and challenges in sustainability and technology innovation in the public sector
  • Case Teaching: The extensive use of case studies focusing on contemporary policy challenges locally, regionally and globally
  • Inter-disciplinary: The opportunity to choose from a wide range of electives related to economic, social and environmental services that are offered by HKUST Business School, School of Engineering and School of Humanities and Social Science
  • Faculty: A faculty that is diverse in disciplinary backgrounds and has extensive experience advising national government bodies, international organizations, and major corporations