Master in Public Policy


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 on 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 better understand fundamental concepts and contemporary issues on economic development, social inclusion, political governance and technological trends.

January, May, September
1 Year (full-time)
2 Years (part-time)
Career Prospects
  • Consulting
  • Research
  • Public Sector
  • NGO
  • Local Banks
  • International Development Banks
Estimated Total Course Fee
  • RM48,140
    for Malaysian students
  • USD10,609
    for international students
International students must pay their fees in RM equivalent. The USD here is just an indicative/estimation and subject to the prevalent exchange rate

Programme Structure

This programme is a 1-2 year programme of 8 modules including 4 core modules, 2 capstone research projects and 2 electives.

Core Modules

  • Microeconomics for Public Policy
  • Macroeconomics for Public Policy
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • History of Economic Development

Available Electives

  • Financial Market Development
    International Trade, Regionalism and Global 
  • Education Policies and Human Capital Development 
    in Asia
  • Sustainable Development Policies 
  • Urbanisation, Transportation and Regional Growth
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Growth and more
Student studying

Entry Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 
    in a related discipline or equivalent.
  • This programme is designed for those with relevant 
    working experience however, fresh graduates will 
    also be considered on a case-to-case basis.
  • Any other qualifications will be considered on a 
    case-to-case basis.
English Language Requirement

International candidates should demonstrate English proficiency sufficient to meet the needs of the programme:

  • IELTS: 6.0 / CEFR: B2
  • TOEFL: PBT (550) or IBT (75)
  • Cambridge English (Advanced): 180 / CEFR: B2 or Cambridge English (Proficiency): 180 / CEFR: C1
  • PTE Academic: 50
  • Malaysian University English Test: Band 4

If a student does not meet this requirement, the HEP offers English proficiency courses to ensure that the student’s proficiency is sufficient to meet the needs of the programme. This is normally conducted through an English language proficiency assessment.

Application Process

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

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

For more information about the scholarships and financial aid, please visit the SEG Scholarships website.

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