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Master of International Public Management and Administration

Programme Overview

Programme Code: A1M104

The Master of International Public Management and Administration (MIPMA) is a dual degree programme offered by the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), University of Saskatchewan (USask), Canada and the Department of Asian and Policy Studies (APS), The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), HKSAR.

The MIPMA exposes students to a unique blend of international policy problems, country-level policy approaches and public sector management issues across dynamic comparative contexts in Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Student joining MIPMA spend their first semester (January to April) at USask, Canada, second semester (May to August) at EdUHK, HKSAR and third semester (September to October) in Thailand, and finish their capstone project in their hometown.

Upon the successful completion of the programme, students are awarded with two award certificates; one from the USask, Canada and one from EdUHK, HKSAR.

Upon successful completion of the programme, student will be able to:

  • Understand the principles and practice of public sector management and administration;
  • Develop substantive knowledge of techniques, institution and processes in public policy, public management and administration;
  • Understand the policy process and the ethical and societal values and norms against legal contexts to arrive at acceptable solutions;
  • Analyze public policy problems from a broad comparative perspective;
  • Develop higher-order-thinking skills and concern for human development in local, national, regional and global contexts and
  • Communicate the analysis of public problems and solutions to policy-makers, stakeholders and the broader community.

About The University of Saskatchewan

It is one of Canada’s top research universities and a member of the elite U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities (the 15 most research-intensive universities in Canada).

About The Education University of Hong Kong

It is one of the eight publicly-funded higher education institutions in Hong Kong and distinguished by its regional and international scholarship in Education, Social Sciences and Humanities. Ranked 3rd in Asia and 16th in the World in Education (QS World University Ranking by Subject 2021), the university enjoys a diverse international faculty.

Programme Highlights

  • 12-month, 3-semester program (January – December)
  • Taught exclusively by leading international experts and practitioners from The University of Saskatchewan (Canada) and The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Opportunities for capstone field research in either Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand
  • Student immersion into three unique, dynamic learning environments highlighting developed and developing countries and international public management issues
  • Integrated capstone project providing opportunities to engage in experiential real-life policy problems and public sector management issues
  • Fully accompanied by dedicated team of academic from Canada and Hong Kong who remain with the students for the duration of the programme
  • Students awarded an award certificate each from USask and EdUHK


MIPMA students are required to complete 30 credit points (cps), consisting of the following set of core courses:

Location Courses Credit Points (cps)
1st Semester (January to April)
USask, Canada JSGS 801 Governance and Administration 3 cps
JSGS 808 Ethical Leadership and Democracy in Public Service 3 cps
JSGS 882 Strategic Management in the Public Sector; OR
JSGS 807 Statistics for Public Managers; OR
Another course as decided / approved by the JSGS
3 cps
*PPG6005 Public Administration and Management in Asia
(cross-semester course)
0 cps
GPS 960 / 61 Introduction to Ethics and Integrity 0 cps
JSGS 990 Seminar Series 0 cps
2nd Semester (May to August)
EdUHK, Hong Kong PPG6003 Strategic Communication 3 cps
*PPG6005 Public Administration and Management in Asia
(cross-semester course)
3 cps
PPG6006 Project Appraisal and Impact Analysis 3 cps
PPG6011 Human Resource Management 3 cps
Leadership and Organisational Change; OR
PPG6026 Comparative Social Policy in Asia; OR
Another course as decided / approved by APS
3 cps
3rd Semester (September to December)
Naresuan University, Thailand Capstone: Placement Project – Phase I 3 cps
Capstone: Placement Project – Phase II 3 cps
Total  30 cps

Capstone: Placement Project (Phase I & Phase II)

The students, assigned to work in teams of five, will be assigned to projects, at the latest, by the middle of 1st semester (Jan – Apr). The course JSGS 990 will provide the framework for providing information about the project ideas/topics. Students will meet with the Programme Coordinator, selected faculty and practitioners to develop the details of projects. The initial project ideas will be provided by the JSGS and EdUHK faculty/coordinators, focusing on public management problems that could be addressed through a combination of fieldwork, analysis and writing within a conceptual framework. Academic supervisors will be assigned for each project.

Students’ interests will be considered as much as possible in forming project teams. Final reports will be submitted to, and evaluated by, the home university and be available at both universities. Interim draft reports will be presented at a ‘Capstone Conference’ in week 5 of 3rd semester at Naresuan University, Thailand. The Capstone Conference will be conducted by staff of APS, EdUHK and JSGS, USask.

Final Capstone reports will be submitted at the end of Semester III (week 11 of 3rd Semester).

Description of Possible Project Topics
– Student groups (max. 5 students) assigned to a public sector / government linked / civil society organisation to work on a public management issue, e.g. non-documented refugees, migration and migratory policy, health service delivery, water resource management, among others.

Placement Partners / Countries
– USask Project topics associated with Saskatchewan provincial government, statutory and civil society organisations; indigenous peoples and education delivery, health services and access; immigrants, migration and integration into Canadian society, land management and environmental protection, among others.
– EdUHK Project topics associated with Hong Kong government organisations, statutory bodies, NGOs, advocacy groups, and think tanks; cross-border health care and medical tourism; Greater Bay Area integration and labour mobility, refugees in Hong Kong, social protection / social services, World Wildlife Fund & illegal trade in animal products, among others.
– Naresuan University Projects associated with NGOs, local government organisations and statutory authorities in Phitsanulok Province, Thailand; non-documented refugees; poverty alleviation, access to education among disadvantaged groups, healthcare and access, human security and cross border trade, water and resource management, among others.

Admission Requirements

  • Recognized four-year bachelor’s degree with a strong GPA or equivalent qualifications.
  • Applicants whose entrance qualifications are obtained from a non-English speaking institution must fulfil English proficiency requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).
  • Shortlisted applicants are required to attend an interview.


Students joining this programme are required to arrange their own visas. The EdUHK will assist students in getting the students visa from their home countries to Hong Kong. The USask will assist students in getting the students visa from their home countries to Canada. Students are required to obtain the visa (Category ED (Education)) to Thailand by themselves.

Tuition and Programme Fees

HK$450,000 (equivalent to about US$58,000)^
(includes return economy class flights* from students home city to Canada, Hong Kong, Thailand; all accommodation in Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand; local transportation in Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand; enrichment & cultural activities in Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand; full travel and medical insurance in Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand; residential meals (student halls) in Canada.)

^The University serves the right to adjust the programme fee.
*Students from Mainland should arrive Hong Kong before the commencement of programme in order to activate their student visa. Flight for the first semester will be arranged from Hong Kong to Canada.


Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan



Department of Asian and Policy Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong




In the event of civil disruption in Hong Kong, The University of Saskatchewan and The Education University of Hong Kong reserve the right to modify programme arrangements and extend the stay of students at the University of Saskatchewan from January to July, Thailand from September to December.

Applications admitted to the programme are responsible for securing the relevant student visas for Canada, Hong Kong and Thailand.



This programme will be offered under the new “Department of Social Sciences and Policy Studies” effective from 2023/24

Any aspect of course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

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