Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration
​Singapore is at the crossroad between East and West with its unique multi-cultural advantage. Taking advantage of its Chinese cultural heritage with its inextricable links to China as well as its easy access to the booming China market, there is no other country in the world comparable to this island country.

  • • A unique experience and legacy inherited from the well-known and successful NTU Chinese Mayors’ Class. It is the flagship programme of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration (NCPA), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). It has trained over 1,200 mid- and senior Chinese government officials successfully for almost two decades. Building on the success of the existing Chinese Mayors’ Class, the Master of Public Administration in English has finally opened its door to the whole world.
  • • A cross-national platform that connects and grooms future public administrators and leaders in Asia and around the world.
  • • Extensive faculty resources with exceptional expertise and diversity that NTU shares with many different colleges.
  • • Adjunct professors, who are current or former politicians or senior government officials in Singapore, may lecture in some courses and seminars. These courses emphasise on practicality and hands-on experience.
  • • Students from different countries can learn from one another and share different cultural perspectives.
  • • We equip students with the knowledge, analytical skills and hands-on experience in public administration, management and policy-making, which enables future leaders from different countries to share a global vision.
  • • An extensive network of over 15,000 NCPA Alumni in China
  • • China study trip: Tapping on our extensive human capital pool of Chinese officials from NTU in China, students will be meeting face-to-face with Chinese mayors and senior officials in meetings and discussion session, who are our Mayors’ Class alumni.
  • • Scholarships for full-time students are offered on a merit basis.


Fully taught in English, the programme is offered on both full-time and part-time basis.

The English Master of Public Administration programme is a unique platform to groom and mentor next generation of public administrators and well prepare them to become future leaders in public sector.

Please come join us in the English Master of Public Administration programme to connect to the future leaders in the world, and learn from and interact with renowned professors and Singapore senior government officials, and leaders in economics, policy management and business strategies in Asia, as well as exploring the best practices in the Asia-Pacific region.

We look forward to meeting you soon in our beautiful Yunnan Garden on campus.

Applicants should possess:

  • • a strong Bachelor's degree, or equivalent
  • • minimum of two years' or more of full-time work experience
  • • proficiency in English
Each applicant's previous academic performance, work experience, and Statement of Purpose will be carefully reviewed by the University and the School.

TOEFL/IELTS is required for applicants if English was not the medium of instruction at tertiary level. The scores must be attained within 2 years prior to date of application.
TOEFL / IEL​​TS Minimum Test Score
TOEFL ​Paper-based 570-573 Computer-based 230 Internet based 88-89
IELTS ​Score of 6.5 Min 5.5 for each skill module

Curriculum and Structure

The curriculum consists of 10 courses (comprising 3 core courses and 7 electives), 1 capstone paper and an optional 10-day overseas study trip.  The programme will equip students with knowledge, analytical skills and hands-on experience in public administration, management and policy-making.
For this graduate coursework programme, students are required to fulfill the following:
                 3 Core Courses
              7 Elective Courses
Optional 10-day Overseas Study Trip
Students also have the option to select up to 2 relevant courses from NTU’s other graduate programmes as electives to fulfill their course requirement.  These courses must be approved by both the Director of MPA and the NTU School(s) or Division(s) concerned.

There are 2 semesters in an academic year, each consisting of 13 weeks of teaching, 1 week for examination preparation and 1 week for examination.

The programme is offered on both a full-time and part-time basis.

FULL-TIME STUDY
Full-time students typically complete their studies within 12 months (2 semesters).
 
PART-TIME STUDY
The part-time English MPA Programme allows working mid-career professionals to upgrade their knowledge while pursuing professional growth opportunities.
Part-time studies typically span a period of 18 - 24 months (3 - 4 semesters), with a maximum candidature period of 4 years (8 semesters).

Class Schedule
Classes are typically conducted on:
Mondays to Fridays: 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Saturdays to Sundays: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm and/or 2.00 - 5.00 pm

Calendar

Academic Calendar
SEMESTER 1​ 27 Jul 2018 – 07 Dec 2018
​Recess 01 Oct 2018 – 05 Oct 2018
Revision & Examination 19 Nov 2018 – 07 Dec 2​018
​Vacation 10 Dec 2018 – 11 Jan 2019
SEMESTER 2 14 Jan 2019 to 10 May 2019
Recess 04 Mar 2019 to 08 Mar 2019
​Revision & Examination 22 Apr 2019 to 10 May 2019
​Vacation 13 May 2019 – 09 Aug 2019
 

Tuition Fee

The programme fee is S$26,000 per student. The fee does not cover health check-up, entry visa, student's pass, accommodation, meals, overseas immersion, and etc.

Every year, fees are reviewed and subject to revision. As and when fees are revised, the new fees will be applicable to new students. All fees listed are in Singapore dollars (S$) and are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Fee Payment Schedule The tuition fee is payable on an installment basis. The payment schedule (both full time and part time) are as follows:
​​​​ 1st Semester​ ​2nd Semester 3rd Semester​
​Full-time ​$13,000 $13,000​
​Part-time $8,700​ ​$8,700 ​$8,600
  Miscellaneous fees apply for both local and international applicants. Please click here for updated fees.​​​​

FAQ

1. Where will the classes be held?
A. On the beautiful NTU campus and/or NTU's One-North Campus opposite Buona Vista MRT (location map).
2. Is the tuition fee stated in the webpage for the full programme?
A. It covers tuition for all courses. The tuition fee is exclusive of a study.
3. Is the fee for students valid for the whole programme whatever the period of study?
A. Fee for students is valid at the point of admission.  As and when fees are revised, the new fees will be applicable to new students. All fees listed are in Singapore dollars (S$) and are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST). Fee Payment Schedule  The tuition fee is payable on an installment basis. The payment schedule (both full time and part time) are as follows:
1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester
Full-time $13,000 $13,000
Part-time

S$8,700

S$8,700

S$8,600
4. What is the cost of China Study Trip?
A. The estimated travel cost per adult is S$3,000- S$3,500 (inclusive of airfare, airport tax, accommodation, travel insurance, selected meals and tipping). You may like to take note that it does not cover visa application fee.  The amount provided above is just an estimation of the cost of Immersion. This should be used as a reference only.
5. What is the maximum and minimum number of courses a student can take in a semester?
A. For full-time study, up to 5 courses each semester. For part-time study, the maximum is up to 3 courses each semester.
6. Are full time students able to finish the full programme in a year?
A. Yes. A full-time student will complete his or her degree in the following schedule: 10-Course plus A Capstone paper: • Semester 1: 2 core + 3 elective courses • Semester 2: 1 core + 4 elective + Capstone paper
7. What happens if a student unfortunately cannot pass his exam? Is there a 2nd attempt given before re-taking the subject?
A. Students will be assessed for each course with a Course Grade. The instructor of the course decides what format he or she will use to assess students. If an examination (examinations) is (are) hold to assess students and a grade lower than C is given to a student, the student will not receive AU (Academic Unit) from the course. For Core courses, the student then needs to re-take the course. For Electives, student can choose to re-take or take another course to meet the graduation AU requirement.
8. Does MPA accept graduates from part-time bachelor degree programme?
A. MPA welcomes applicants from all background. Acceptance is to be decided by the Admission Committee.
9. What is the minimum duration for a student to complete the programme?
A. For a full-time student, it will take at least 1 year to complete the programme requirements; and 2 years for a part-time student.
10. Could I presume that the maximum duration for part-time programme is 4 years?
A. Yes.
11. What is the programme timetable like for part-time students? For example, the frequency of lectures and/or tutorials per week?
A. Each course will meet once a week for a 3-hour class (in a variety of combinations of lecture and tutorial) in the evening or during the weekend. So if a part-time student takes 2 courses per trimester, he or she will attend classes twice a week for a total of six hours. Most, if not all, classes will be scheduled in the evenings ( 6:30 to 9:30PM) and during the weekend ( 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday) for part-time students and on weekday (Mon – Fri, 9.00 am to 5.30 pm) for full-time students.
12. How long is the duration of the China study, and which part of the year would it take place? Would need to know this to plan and accommodate to my work schedule
A. The Immersion is scheduled once annually, it is around 10 days.  China study usually during the school summer recess (mid-May to mid-July).
13. Is there an intake quota for MPA (both part-time and full time)? If so, what is the number of students that NTU would take in both part-time and full –time students?
A. There is no fixed quota.
16. What is the nature of the course? Lecture Based? Discussion based? Assignment based?
A. It is to be decided by the instructor of each course. As a graduate programme, it will be a combination of lecture and discussion.
17. Is the programme conducted in English or Mandarin?
A. All courses are conducted in English.
18. What is the 'ideal" candidate you are looking for?
A. Each candidate's past experiences, academic performance, interest in the programme and other relevant credentials will be taken into consideration.
20. How is competency in various courses going to be assessed? Will it be exam based, project work, classroom participation or combinations of these?
A. It varies and is to be decided by the instructor of each course. Most likely a combination of all.
21. How long will it take to graduate on a part-time basis?
A. The part-time English MPA Programme allows working mid-career professionals to upgrade their knowledge while pursuing professional growth opportunities. Part-time studies typically span a period of 2 years (4 semesters), with a maximum candidature period of 4 years (8 semesters).
22. If I am keen to attend certain courses in the programme, would NTU consider charging me on a per course basis?
A. The arrangement to allow non-graduating student to audit a course on a fee-paying basis is available. Please contact the office at  [email protected]
23. Assessment for the programme: Is it purely coursework or coursework and examination or purely examination?
A. MPA is a coursework-based programme, which means each course has its own assessment format; to be decided by its Lecturer. The Lecturer may decide that an examination is not required.
24. What is Capstone Paper? How long is it?
A. The student is expected to complete an original research paper dealing with a chosen topic under the supervision of a MPA faculty member. It usually takes more than a trimester to complete the capstone paper, and the minimum length is 15,000 for the paper to be written in English.
25. Is there going to be a briefing or a talk coming up for the programme?
A. MPA usually hold information sessions during February/March and September/October each year. For enquiry on the programme, you may reach us at [email protected].  
26. Is there a requirement for class attendance?
A. Students are required to maintain a minimum of 75% attendance in order to be allowed to take the final examination or complete the course.