Master in Public Policy


Our graduate study programme prepares students either through a conventionally taught master programme or Open Distance Learning.


We seek driven candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds intending to take their careers to the next level.


Work with award-winning international experts and academics from around the region.











Inequality. Automation. Global warming.

We face increasingly difficult policy challenges. More than ever, there is a pressing need for policy specialists who have a combined mastery of theoretical knowledge, technical skills and implementation abilities to solve these problems.

This is where our programme comes in. 





Programme Overview

The Master in Public Policy at the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia prepares students to develop practical solutions to real-world policy problems in the region through a multi-disciplinary focus in economics, quantitative analysis and public policy management.

This Programme is formulated to equip graduates and mid-career professionals to develop greater technical capability in evidence-based policy analysis and to possess deeper understanding on fundamental concepts and contemporary issues on economic development, social inclusion, political governance and technological trends.
















Flexible Mode

The programme is available in both Conventional and Open Distance Learning modes. Designed to accommodate the demanding schedules of working professionals, the MPP offers a flexible format, allowing you to balance work commitments while advancing your education. Empower yourself without disrupting your professional responsibilities.








Who We Are Looking For

Complex policy problems require multidisciplinary solutions. As such, we seek to attract candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds. We are looking for people who not only wish to take their careers to the next level, but want to make a difference in the world.







Where This Programme Could Take You

With the skills accumulated in this programme, graduates will be equipped to address the policy challenges of rapidly-changing socioeconomic dimensions in the region. The programme’s multidisciplinary emphasis on knowledge, analytic skills and management is highly transferable across sectors, issues and regions. Graduates are able to work throughout the world in key roles in the public, private or non-profit sectors.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 in a related discipline or an APEL.A Certificate (APEL T-7) (Recognition of Prior Learning) (Click on this link for further information on APEL.A). The programme is designed for those with relevant working experience, however deserving fresh graduates will also be considered.

Candidates who completed undergraduate studies where the medium of instruction was English would have met the language requirements. International candidates should demonstrate sufficient English proficiency for the needs of the programme.



Who You Will Be Working With


MPP Faculty





Application Process

Application is open for 2024 intake, for both Conventional and Open Distance Learning programmes. 

As part of your application, you will need to nominate two referees who are senior people acquainted with your work and who must provide a written comment on your academic and/or professional suitability to undertake the program.

Applicants will be required to submit:

  • A detailed CV
  • A certified copy of each degree-level certificate obtained
  • Certified copies of all degree-level transcripts
  • IELTS/ TOEFL/ PTE score report (if applicable)
  • One (1) letter of reference (academic and/or professional)
  • A personal statement of your interest in Master in Public Policy.

For more information or to apply, please email: [email protected]

To speak to the Programme Leader or Manager of Graduate Studies, please contact:

  • Prof Shandre M. Thangavelu, Programme Leader: @email
  • Kavitha Ambigabadi, Manager, Graduate Studies: @email



JPT/BPP(U)(R/0312/7/0003/FA11999)08/31 (Conventional)
JPT/BPP(U)(N-DL/310/7/0028/FA14732)06/26 (Open Distance Learning)

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Hear from our MPP alumni Nimul Cham who after graduating from the programme was appointed Cambodia's first ever female minister of commerce.