About the Program
The Master in Public Policy (MPP) program is the first and the only full-time program in Vietnam that offers a distinctive American-standard approach to learning about public policy, and leadership and management. The MPP program was initially inspired by the program offered by the Harvard Kennedy School, later incorporated the most updated methods in public policy education, and finally adjusted to accommodate the complex Vietnamese context.
It is a transformative opportunity for current and future leaders with a commitment to public service. Taught by outstanding academics as well as expert practitioners, students of the MPP program with a concentration in Policy Analysis (MPP-PA) will be uniquely positioned to develop academic knowledge and professional skills to analyze, design, implement and evaluate even the most complex public policy challenges. After completing this full-time, 15-month program, students will receive a master’s degree in Public Policy, with a concentration in Policy Analysis, awarded by the Provost of Fulbright University Vietnam.
The MPP-PA begins with carefully planned core courses which provide an introduction into policy making and advice on how to derive the greatest benefit from the MPP-PA experience. The curriculum for the rest of the program is delivered through a series of electives for students to personalize their learning journey.
The MPP-PA is a 59-credit degree program, divided into core courses (28 credits), a philosophy course (4 credits), elective courses (15 credits) and a master’s thesis (12 credits).
PA Students will learn Introduction to Public Policy, Philosophy and elective courses together with LM Students.
See the detailed curriculum of the MPP-PA program here.
- Complete 59 credits as required by the program.
- Successfully defend the master’s thesis.
- Become proficient in English as required by the Ministry of Education and Training.
The MPP-PA prepares students to become a change-maker. The skills they acquire on the program will enable them to become more successful in their career whether in government, non-governmental organizations, education or the private sector. Students will learn to lead and collaborate, use evidence effectively, communicate effectively, make key decisions, and most importantly, they will learn to never stop learning.
- An understanding of how to apply academic theories, methods and policy analysis to practical problems of government, communities, regions, and/or global issues.
- An understanding and analysis of the factors that influence Vietnamese government’s change in direction to a market economy and global integration.
- An understanding of the various procedures that influence how policy is made, including designing, analyzing, constructing, implementing and evaluating policies.
- Critical thinking: Develop critical thinking about public policy issues and the ability to conduct professional analyses based on evidence, different perspectives and events in an independent, transparent, and coherent way before making decisions.
- Analytical and synthetic skills: Develop analytical and synthetic skills by learning to ask the right questions, and cautiously collect and analyze evidence before making decisions. Develop the ability to design, implement, analyze and present their research and analysis in a convincing way.
- Problem solving skill: Develop the ability to seek, discover and devise innovative and practical solutions.
- Effective communication: Develop the ability to present and communicate effectively to the public in various settings, such as at seminars, public hearings and conferences. Develop the ability to draft professional documents such as policy briefs, decision memos, research abstracts, policy analysis reports and legislation.
- Committed: Display and practice public service values
- Competent: Develop analytical and management capacity to handle change and challenges, seek innovative and sustainable solutions.
- Connected: Stay connected with the public policy community and the Fulbright network. Be supportive, cooperative and respectful.
- Confident: Be confident both in professional and personal life.
- Competitive: Have a competitive edge in the global labor workforce.
The learning experience at FSPPM expands beyond the classroom. With the mission to train the future change-makers with a commitment to public service, FSPPM strives to integrate insights and approaches from a diverse range of real policy issues in Vietnam into our program. Part of the curriculum is delivered via a series of case studies and field trips to different regions to provide our students with a holistic look on the policy ecosystem, governance strategy and economic development in Vietnam.
MPP-PA students can also participate in seminars and internships abroad as part of the collaboration commitment between FSPPM and other international universities.
- Group 1: Policy consultants and policy makers; lecturers, research fellows from public organizations; or distinction university graduates (*)
- Group 2: Managers and executives from non-profit organizations, social organizations and enterprises
- Group 3: policy consultants and policy makers working for governmental agencies in PDR Laos. Candidates must hold Laos nationality and apply under Mekong - U.S. Partnership Program (MUSP)
- A bachelor's degree or an equivalence from a recognized institution. At least 2 years of working experience
- Complete foundation courses as required by the Ministry of Education and Training for those who did not graduate from Economics or Management majors.
(*) Distinction university graduates will not be required two years of working experience.