AT-A-GLANCE:

  • 15 months 

  • 12 courses

  • 1 capstone projects

  • 5 residencies (6 days each)

The Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) program is an executive program in partnership with USC-HKU designed for professionals in the public, private and nonprofit sectors around the world who have substantial experience in relevant professions and are eager to understand creatively solve complex policy problems that often lay at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The curriculum offers a rigorous and innovative look at increasingly complex policy issues that policy leaders face in today's fast-changing global economy with special attention to issues that have global resonance. The MGPP curriculum weaves together a full spectrum of analytical competencies, a set of core orientations that focus on attaining economic and social impact through innovative policy solutions straddling the public-private divides, and a solid body of knowledge of policy themes that are significant in both China and globally. The program is delivered in an executive format with students completing the program in 15 months with a combination of online learning and in-person modules in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Beijing.

Requirements for Admission

Candidates for admission must have maintained a minimum B (3.0) average during their undergraduate degree work and have at least five years professional work experience. International students must submit TOEFL scores. See Price webpage for more specific application information.

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Degree Requirements (28 units)

GPPD 500a Global Policy Challenges and Solutions (2 units)

Consideration of current public policy issues through informed discourse and debate; analysis and policy arguments.

GPPD 500b Global Policy Challenges and Solutions (2 units)

Consideration of current public policy issues through informed discourse and debate; analysis and policy arguments. Prerequisite: GPPD 500a   

GPPD 510 Economic Foundations for Public Policy (3 units)

Microeconomic foundations; analysis of public sector problems; markets; producer and consumer theory; private and social efficiency.

GPPD 520 Leadership in Public-Private Partnerships (2 units)

Issues across public/private partnerships; leadership and followership in cross-sector settings; organizational and institutional designs; problem solving, negotiation and conflict resolution.  

GPPD 530 Art and Craft of Public Policy Analysis (1 units)

Foundations of public policy as a profession, and develops basic skills in policy analytic reasoning, policy design, normative analysis and ethics, and argumentation.

GPPD 540 Comparative Institutions and Policy Context (3 units)

Theoretical and empirical foundations on how institutions affect policy performance; comparative institutional analysis and framework; approaches to organizing public action.  

GPPD 550 Quantitative Methods for Public Policy (3 units)

Economic theory and statistical inference methods to estimate the relationship between economic, social and political variables; foundations of data-based argumentation, specifically in regards to public policy in an international context.

GPPD 560 Methods for Policy Evaluation (3 units)

Methods utilized in the analysis of public policy choices; ex ante and ex post analysis; cost-benefit analysis; decision and risk analysis; applied social science methods.

GPPD 570 Institutions and Policy Processes (3 units)

Policy formulation and implementation in a comparative context and in the context of an East-West dichotomy.

GPPD 580 Policy Challenges in International Development (3 units)

Overview of the overarching issues of problem definition of “development” and the policy implications of new ideas for development as it faces a new set of challenges in an increasingly globalized, complex, and interconnected world.

GPPD 600a Public Policy Capstone (1 units)

Hands-on experience in policy analysis. Participants learn to work on a specific, client oriented public policy issue, assess policy alternatives, and write an official report.

GPPD 600b Public Policy Capstone (2 units)

Hands-on experience in policy analysis. Participants learn to work on a specific, client oriented public policy issue, assess policy alternatives, and write an official report.