Curriculum & Courses

The degree requires the completion of 48 credit hours (most courses are three credit hours). All students admitted onto the MPP will be required to complete the program on a full-time basis, a minimum of 12 credits and up to a maximum of 15 credits of coursework per semester.


The required core courses provide students with a grounding of the various perspectives, skills and tools that policy professionals must possess to develop and manage policies effectively.

  • Foundation in Public Policy

  • Microeconomics and Public Policy

  • Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Evidence in Public Policy

  • Public Management and Leadership

  • Policy Analysis Project


Students expand analytical skills attained through the core courses with 24 credits of elective courses focusing on today’s most relevant policy areas and applied analytical methods. In addition to elective courses offered by the Division of Public Policy, MPP students are offered opportunities to broaden their perspectives through courses offered by HKUST Business School, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities and Social Science, and the Division of Environment and Sustainability. The ability to offer access to a diverse range of electives across the university is a key strength of the HKUST MPP in comparison to programs elsewhere.


The Policy Analysis Project is the capstone module of our MPP program. It aims to provide students with a valuable, engaging, educational and professional experience. It is a year-long project for which students work in teams of four to six people on challenges, issues and problems facing real-world organizations. Students will have opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills that they have learnt from the MPP program to analyze policy issues, develop solutions and produce professional reports for the client organizations.


Students with little or no prior working experience are strongly encouraged to strengthen their career preparedness and broaden their placement opportunities by taking up an internship during the summer between the first and second- year of study. Typically structured as ten weeks of full-time work in government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sector entities, such internships help students clarify their career direction, assist them to gain practical and professional experience, and enable them to establish a professional network.