GMPA Public Management

Doctoral Degree

Program Overview

▣ Program Title: KOICA-SNU Doctoral Degree Program in Public Management and Administrative Reform 

▣ Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration(Ph.D.)

▣ Duration:

1) Stay duration: August 16, 2024 ~ July 31, 2027 (Approx. 36 months)

※ During 36 months in SNU, students are required to complete their thesis.

2) Academic duration: September 2024 ~ August 2027 (36 months)

※ According to the university regulations, the diploma will be issued in August 2027 if you meet all the criteria for a doctoral degree.

▣ Objectives:

1) To enhance the higher education infrastructure in KOICA partner countries related to digital transformation and administrative reform by training professors who are experts in these fields of research and education 
2) To strengthen and spread Korean-style higher education and advanced research by nurturing the next generation of scholars who will localize and pass on Korea's capabilities in higher education and advanced research
3) To Develop talents who will bolster educational and research partnerships between Korea and KOICA partner countries and promote global knowledge sharing, thereby enhancing the collaborative academic and research collaborations and establishing a Korea-led global knowledge network

▣ Training Institute: Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University

▣ Number of Participants: 3 individuals among KOICA master's degree graduates who possess the potential to become high-ranking officials or faculty members


1) Applicants who meet the qualifications of KOICA scholarship Program

2) Must be in good physical and mental health to complete the program

(*Note: Tuberculosis or any contagious disease are regarded as disqualifying conditions)

3) Educational Level 

○ Must have a master’s degree from a graduate school offered by KOICA Master's degree Program

4) Citizenship/Nationality Requirements

○ Neither the applicant nor their parents are Korean citizens. 

※ If the applicant and/or their parents were Korean citizens before, they must renounce Korean citizenship by the application deadline. In this case, they must submit an official renunciation certificate of Korean nationality. (Certificate for renunciation of Korean citizenship, Korean residence registration as a foreigner, etc.)

▣ Language: English fluency that requires no translation

How to apply to the KOICA-SNU Doctoral Degree Program in Public Management and Administrative Reform

Step 1. Submit the required document of the KOICA SP program to KOICA overseas office (Korean Embassy) for the KOICA (Korean Embassy) Round in March 2024 (Please refer to KOICA overseas office website to check the submission schedule.)

Step 2. If you are successful in the KOICA Round above, please submit the required GSPA-SNU documents stated on pages 29~31 of Program Information of the KOICA-SNU Doctoral Degree Program in Public Management and Administrative Reform. 

Also, you are required to submit the following:

1) A Financial Plan (KOICA scholarship for the Doctoral Degree Program will be granted for 36 months. However, getting a Ph.D. in 36 months is difficult. Please submit a financial plan because you probably must stay in school for another six months or one year. 

2) Study Plan (You write a study plan in SNU Application Form 2, but please explain more about your future research activities and career directions in detail on a minimum of 2 pages of A4 sheet. 

▣ Accommodations

Seoul National University Dormitory (Gwanak Residence Halls) during  your  stay  in Graduate School  of  Public  Administration, Seoul  National  University  
  ∙ Double occupancy: 2 people per room
  ∙ Each room is equipped with a bed, desk, bookshelf, closet (per person), interphone, and refrigerator.
  ∙ Personal items, including blankets and pillows, are NOT provided.
  ∙ Possessing or using any electric heating appliances is banned.
  ∙ Dormitory facilities: cafeteria, convenient store, snack bars, gym, prayer room for Muslim students
  ∙ Cooking in the dormitory room is prohibited. But in a communal kitchen. 
  ∙ Each residence hall has a shared kitchen on each floor.
  ∙ Each residence hall has a communal laundry area.

▣ Program Information of the KOICA-SNU Doctoral Degree Program in Public Management and Administrative Reform

1.PI_Seoul National University_Public Management and Administrative Reform(Doctoral).pdf

▣ SNU Doctoral Degree Program Application Forms

SNU application form for Doctoral