KOICA-Public Management

1. Modules

The <Master’s Degree Program in Public Management and Public Sector Reforms> course consists of 6 modules curriculum and 4 modules special activities. The 10 modules have been designed to deliver the academic contents in systematic and in-depth manner as follows.

2. Course Introduction

In order to learn basic theories of public management and understand the methods to apply for work-site operations, and to build the capacity of evidence-based policy making and evaluation, <Social Research Methods of Public Administration>, and <Statistical Analysis of Public Administration> courses are offered in the regular semesters. For students who do not have sufficient knowledge about statistics, <Basic Statistics> is also offered during preparatory session as a prerequisite learning.

1) Required Courses

<Theories of Global Public Administration> and <Theories of Public Policy and Institution> courses are offered to understand the basics of public administration and public policy.

(1) Basic Theories
• Theories of Global Public Administration
• Theories of Public Policy and Institution
(2) Methodology
• Social Research Methods of Public Administration
• Statistical Analysis of Public Administration
• Reading & Research I &Ⅱ


2) Elective Courses

Based on the basic theories and methodology, advanced courses on organization, personnel management, finance, local government and policy process are offered:

(1) Organization Management
• Organization and Public Administration
• Government and Transparency
• Public Sector Reforms
(2) Personal Management
• Public Personnel Administration
• Global Leadership and Public Ethics
• Performance Pay: Theory and Evidence
(3 )Finance Management
• Economic Analysis
• Introduction to Government Accounting
(4) Local Government
• Urban Government
• Central-local Relations
(5) Policy Process
• Policy Analysis
• Project Cycle Management
• Development Policies in the Global Context
• Diplomacy and Policy
• International Politics
• Analyzing Cases of Public Policies
• ODA Management and Evaluation

3. Graduations Requirements

To graduate, students must complete 36 credit hours, earn a GPA higher than 3.0 (BO), and pass the final thesis examination.


Students should pass the thesis qualifying examination, which will take place in the first or second week of the second semester.


Students should sit for the <Korean Language and Korean Culture> course and obtain minimum Bo. This course is a non-credit course, an alternative course of Korean language examination, which is one of the requirements to submit a thesis.


Having fulfilled the conditions above, students apply for thesis examination, which consists of three parts:

➀ preliminary thesis examination (oral defense)
➁ intermediate thesis examination
➂ final thesis examination (oral defense). To pass the final thesis examination, students should obtain a minimum of Bo (3.0) and submit the final thesis in PDF and print copy. The thesis will be graded A+, AO, A-, B+, BO, B- or C. A+ ~ Bo means "PASS," and the oral defense score should be a minimum of 60 out of 100 the final thesis examination.