KOICA-Public Management

1. Curriculum

The <Master’s Degree Program in Public Management and Public Sector Reforms> program consists of 6 modules and 4 special activities modules. The 10 modules will deliver the academic contents systematically and in an in-depth manner.

2. Course Introduction

To learn fundamental theories of public management and understand the methods to apply for work-site operations, and 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. For students who do not have sufficient knowledge about statistics, <Basic Statistics> is provided during the preliminary session as a pre-course.

1) Required Courses

<Theories of Global Public Administration> and <Theories of Public Policy and Institution> courses will make students understand public administration and public policy.

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

2) Elective Courses

Advanced courses on organization, personnel management, public economics, local government, and policy process are offered based on the fundamental theories and methodology.

(1) Organization Management
• Organization and Public Administration
• Government and Transparency
• Topics in Public Administration (Public Sector Reforms in South Korea)
(2) Personal Management
• Public Personnel Administration
• Global Leadership and Public Ethics

(3 )Public Economics
Political Economics of Development
Financial Regulation and Policy Implication
Public Administration and Business
(4) Local Government
Public Policy and Community Well-being
• Central-Local Relations
(5) Policy Process

• 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.