Frequently Asked Questions

  • Application Eligibility

    Do I have to graduate from a specific major to apply?

    No. Since MPP is a multi-disciplinary program, university graduates from any discipline can apply to the program. Read more information in Application Eligibility.

    I am not working for public sectors. Am I still eligible for the MPP program?

    Yes. The Fulbright School welcomes all applicants irrespective of their regions, workplace (public, private or civil services) as long as they meet the Application Eligibility.

    Are some applicants prioritized during admission?

    Following applicants are priorities of the school in some extent during admission:

    • Public sector officials, particularly civil servants at provincial, municipal and regional government levels.
    • Applicants working or coming from remote areas or from ethnicity groups
    • Female applicants

    Can unsuccessful applicants in previous years reapply for this intake?

    Yes. Eligible applicants in accordance with Application Eligibility can reapply into this intake.

    Under what circumstances do applicants have to pass pre-requisites subjects before applying?

    Applicants have to complete pre-requisites courses as required by Ministry of Education and Training if failing to meet 01 of following conditions: (i) do not graduate from an economics/management major; or (ii) haven't finished the preparatory courses for applying into economics graduate programs of other universities. Please contact Academic Affairs Office for more information on specific cases.

  • Application Form

    Can applicants apply for 2 concentrations (Policy Analysis and Leadership & Management) in one application form?

    No. Applicants must choose between two concentrations Policy Analysis and Leadership & Management to submit their application form. In case applicants want to change their concentration before the due application deadline, please contact Academic Affairs Office for further instructions.

    Are application forms available in hardcopies so that I can fill in and submit directly to the School?

    No. Application forms can only be submitted in soft copies via the online portal. Applicants access the link and complete instructed steps. It is advisable that applicants open their accounts early on the portal to know required documents and better prepare for the process. The School will not accept application forms submitted directly or by post.

    Applicants can submit their online registration at https://fsppm.fulbright.edu.vn/apply/

    How important is the personal essay in the application package?

    The essay is an essential part of the application package and counted as an assessment test. The essay helps Admission Board understand your motivation in joining MPP Program and evaluate students' aspirations and prospects to contribute to the society after their completion of the program. Applicant can choose either English or Vietnamese for personal essay.

    After uploading scanned copies of academic records onto the online portal, is it required to send notarized hard copies to the School?

    No. Notarized copies are not necessary during the application process. To complete application package, only scanned copies uploaded to the online portal are required. Notarized copies must be submitted by successful candidates before joining the program.

    On what criteria should candidates base to select appropriate references as required by admission board?

    References nominated in candidates' application package should be ones who truly understand the candidate, particularly in career prospects, learning capacity, leadership and management competence. References can be your professors, colleagues, and/or supervisors at work. References should not be candidates' relatives or friends.

    When will the application close?

    For Laos candidates under MUSP scholarship, application deadline is 10 July 2022

    For other candidates, the application deadline is 14 August 2022.

  • Admission Process

    When and where does the interview take place?

    The interview as usal will be administered to students at 2 cities: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, or via online depending on COVID-19 situation. In their application package, candidates can indicate their preferable interview location.

    What is the format of the Quantitative and English test and what specifically do the tests assess?

    Due to COVID-19 situation in Ho Chi Minh City and other provinces in Vietnam in 2021,  Candidates are not required to take Quantitative and English test.

    Both tests consist multiple choice questions. Sample questions of the two tests are available on the School's website at here. Please be noted that these sample questions are only for candidates' reference. The School will not offer preparatory courses for the exams.

    • Quantitative test (60 minutes, in Vietnamese) assesses candidates' knowledge in arithmetic, algebra and geometric. The test does not include item sets about calculus.
    • English test (60 minutes) assesses candidates' knowledge in English grammar and reading comprehension, equivalent to IELTS 5.5 for Policy Analysis concentration and Leadership & Management concentration. Please refer to Admission Process for English test exemptions.

    Are there any materials available to prepare for the exams?

    Candidates can refer to Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning of traditional GRE exams (Graduate Record Examinations) – a multiple choice test commonly used as entry requirement in graduate programs.

    What English certificates are eligible for applicants?

    m Bachelor's degree or master's degree in English language or Bachelor's or master's degree granted by an English-speaking institution (no interpretation), following English certificates will be accepted for applicants on the condition that certificates are valid (dated within 2 years from application date):

    • IELST score of at least 5.5; iBT TOELF of at least 61; TOEIC (L-R) of at least 600; or 
    • B2 English certificates issued by these institutions: University of Languages and International Studies – Vietnam National University Hanoi; Da Nang University of Foreign Languages; Hue University – University of Foreign Languages; Ho Chi Minh City University of Education; Hanoi University of Pedagogy; Ha Noi University; Thai Nguyen University; Can Tho University; Vinh University; People's Security Academy; Saigon University; Banking University Ho Chi Minh city; Tra Vinh University; Van Lang University; Quy Nhon University; Tay Nguyen University; Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City; Academy of Journalism and Communication; HCMC University of Food Industry; Military Science Academy; Trade University; or
    • Bachelor's degree or master's degree in English language; or 
    • Bachelor's or master's degree granted by an English-speaking institution (no interpretation).

    What are exam schedules for these English certificates?

    * IELTS (Academic)

    1. Test center: IDP

    - At HCMC: 36 Mac Dinh Chi, D1, HCMC

    - At Hanoi: 30 Trieu Viet Vuong, Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi

    - At Da Nang: No 10 Ngo Gia Tu, Hai Chau, Da Nang

    - At Can Tho: Building Hoa Binh, Floor 6, no. 14-16B, Hoa Binh, Ninh Kieu, Can Tho

    2. Test Center: British Council

    - At HCMC: Level 1, Viettel Building, 285 Cach Mang Thang Tam, Ward 12, District 10. Tel: 1800 1299

    - At Hanoi: No 20 Thuy Khe, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Tel: +84 (0)24 37281920 / 1800 1299

     

    * iBT TOEFL

    1. Test center: IIG Vietnam

    • Contact:

    - At HCMC: Floor 1, Tower 1, Building The Sun Avenue, No 28 Mai Chi Tho, D2, HCMC. Tel: 028 29905888

    - At Da Nang: No 19 Hoang Van Thu, Hai Chau District, Da Nang. Tel: 0236 3565 888

    - At Hanoi: Floor 3, Trung Yen Plaza, No. 1, Trung Hoa, Cau Giay, Ha Noi. Tel: 024 36495 999

     

    * B2

    1. Test center: HCMC University of Education

    28/05/2022. Deadline: 14/05/2022

    26/06/2022. Deadline: 3/06/2022

    2. Test center: University of Foreign Language Studies - The University of Da Nang

    21,22/05/2022. Deadline: 11/05/2022

    14,15/06/2022. Deadline: 03/06/2022

    02.02/07/2022. Deadline: 22/06/2022

    • Contact: No 131 Luong Nhu Hoc, Khue Trung Ward, Cam Le District, Da Nang.
    • Tel: 0236 3699 335
    • Weblink: http://ufl.udn.vn/vie/

    3. Test center: University of Foreign Languages - Hue University

    • Test date (*): Updated schedule for 2022 not yet available
    • Contact: No 57 Nguyen Khoa Chiem, Hue.
    • Tel: 0234 3817300/ 0234 3686822. Email: dgnlnn.dhnn.hue@gmail.com
    • Weblink: https://flpac.hucfl.edu.vn/cc/

    4. Test center: University of Languages and International Studies – Vietnam National University Hanoi

    • Test date (*): http://vstep.vnu.edu.vn/lich-thi-danh-gia-nang-luc-ngoai-ngu-nam-2022-danh-cho-thi-sinh-tu-do/

    16,17/07/2022. Deadline: 27/06/2022 – 01/07/2022

    • Contact: Center for Educational Testing – University of Languages and International Studies – VNU Hanoi, Floor 6, Building A1.
    • Tel: 024 626 01376. Email: khaothi.ulis@gmail.com
    • Weblink: http://vstep.vnu.edu.vn

    5. Test Center: Ha Noi University

    • Test date (*): Updated schedule for 2022 not yet available
    • Contact: Test Center, Room 101, Level 1, A1 Building, Hanoi University, Km 9, Nguyen Trai, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi.
    • Tel: 0962.494.215. Email: khaothi@hanu.edu.vn
    • Weblink: http://hanu.vn/

    6. Test center: Ha Noi University of Education

    • Test date (*): Updated schedule for 2022 not yet available
    • Registration deadline: Contact the university for more information
    • Contact: Center for Quality Assurance, Ha Noi University of Education, 136 Xuan Thuy – Cau Giay – Ha Noi
    • Tel: 024 3754 7823. Ext: 616. Email: thiccnn6bac@hnue.edu.vn
    • Weblink: hnue.edu.vn

    7. Test center: Thai Nguyen University

    • Test date (*):

    08/05/2022. Deadline: 01/04/2022 – 10/05/2022

    • Contact: Center for Educational Testing and Quality Assurance – Thai Nguyen University. Cabinet 305, Building T1 – Thai Nguyen University, Tan Thinh Ward, Thai Nguyen City, Thai Nguyen Province
    • Tel: 0208 3646 929/ 0977.52.9996 (Ms. Trang), Email: trungtamkhaothi@tnu.edu.vn.
    • Weblink: http://trungtamkhaothi.tnu.edu.vn

    8. Test center: Can Tho University

    24,25,26/05/2022. Deadline: 26/04/2022

    24,25,26/06/2022. Deadline: 31/05/2022

    • Contact: Center for Foreign Language Assessment. Floor 6, Management Building, Block II, 3/2 Street, Xuan Khanh Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho.
    • Tel: (0292) 3872295. Email: ttdgnlnn@ctu.edu.vn
    • Weblink: https://cfla.ctu.edu.vn

    (*) The schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    How can applicants prepare for the interview?

    The interview help us clarify and understand information stated in the application form. On the other hand, in the interview, applicants can demonstrate their competencies and discuss with Admission Board their career orientations. The interview is conducted in English.

     

     

  • Program information

    What differ MPP Program (Policy Analysis concentration) and MPP Program (Leadership & Management concentration)?

      MPP Program (Policy Analysis) MPP Program (Leadership & Management) 
    Goal Academic and research-oriented program focusing on policy planning and policy analysis Practical program focusing on developing learners' leadership and management skills
    Target students A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution

    At least 2 years' work experience

    *Excellent university graduates will not be required two years of working experience

    A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a recognized institution

    At least 5 years' work experience

    Number of credits 59 46
    Core courses Introduction to public policy

    Law

    Microeconomics 1

    Microeconomics 2

    Macroeconomics

    Quantitative methods 1

    Quantitative methods 2

    Research methods

    Introduction to public policy

    Law

    Microeconomics

    Macroeconomics

    Statistics and date analysis

    Public management

    Leadership in the public sector

    Budgeting and financial management

    Negotiation

    Location

    Fulbright School, Phu My Hung Campus

    Students can register for Harvard course, USA

    Fulbright School, Phu My Hung Campus

    Students can register for Harvard course, USA

    Training mode
    Full-time during 15 months
    Part-time during 18 months
    Language instruction
    80% of the courses are delivered in Vietnamese and 20% in English.
    The program is taught exclusively in Vietnamese. Interpreters will be arranged for classes with international lecturers.

    Can students both attend the MPP Program and work full-time?

    Policy Analysis is a full-time program for 15 months. Classes will be delivered from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 to 11:45 am for morning sessions and 13:30 to 16:45 pm for afternoon sessions. Some courses are offered for both concentrations, classes will be 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. and 13:30 to 16:45 p.m. Given the schedule and heavy workload, tremendous efforts and attention are expected from students, making a full-time job impossible. Students may be asked to leave the program if found working in a full-time job or attending a different full-time program.

    Leadership & Management is a part-time program for 18 months. Students can attend the program and work at their full-time job at the same time. Classes will be arranged every 6 to eight weeks for 9 days, from Saturday of one week to Sunday of next week, starting from 8:30 to 11:45 am in the morning and 13:30 to 16:45 pm in the afternoon.

     

     

  • Scholarship & Tuition

    If I am accepted into MPP-PA program, how much am I expected to pay for the tuition?

    • 100% scholarship (equivalent to VND526 million) are granted to students in group 1 (Policy consultants and policy makers; university lecturers; research fellows from public organizations, universities, and academic institutions; or excellent university graduates).
    • 50% scholarship (equivalent to VND263 million) are granted to students in group 2 (Managers and executives from non-profit organizations, social organizations and enterprises). Students in group 2 will pay tuition fee equivalent to VND 254 million.

    The scholarship is exclusive of lodging, materials, extracurricular activities, a course in Harvard University, on-campus services and personal expenses.

    If I am accepted into MPP-LM program, how much am I expected to pay for the tuition?

    Partial scholarship (equivalent to 40% of tuition fees) are granted to students in MPP-LM program. Students must pay the remaining 60% of the tuition (equivalent to VND 252 million/student). The tuition fee is exclusive of tuition of course delivered at Harvard University, course materials, and personal expenses.

    What is the payment schedule of MPP program?

    The payable amount for MPP program depends on the number of credits taken in one semester (on average 12 - 16 credits/semester).

    Can students in MPP apply for financial aid?

    Excellent candidates with financial constraints, from public sector in remote areas can apply and will be considered for financial aid.

  • Other questions

    If I am accepted into the Program this year but can't manage to attend the program, can I preserve my results and attend next year's intake?

    No. Preservation policies for such cases are not yet implemented at the school. If candidates can't arrange to attend this year's cohort, they will be excluded from shortlisted candidates. When candidates can arrange their schedule and wish to join the MPP Program, they must reapply and go through application steps as new candidates.

    Does the School provide accommodation for students residing outside HCMC?

    Fulbright School provides students with suggestions for accommodation during their time in the program. Students must contact and arrange their accommodations directly based on their personal circumstances.

    In case of any queries concerning application package or program information, who should be contacted?

    Candidates can contact Academic Affairs Office for further support:

    Email: admissions.fsppm@fulbright.edu.vn

    Hotline: (+84) 91 102 5103

Do you have any additional questions?