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ACADEMICS

MPM

Master of Public Management

Based on the KDI's hands-on experience on development policy of over 40 years, the Master of Development Policy (MDP) program offers a curriculum where students can examine various issues of socio-economic development in both theoretical and practical frameworks. The program is specifically targeted for international professionals, including government officials, development consultants, and regional specialists who wish to contribute to development policy-making. The program is also focused on fostering professionals in the field of the official development assistance (ODA). Students must take the required core courses as well as a certain number of courses from Sustainable Development or International Development areas.

Academic Goals

  • Improve comprehensive problem solving skills in public administration and management, with the help of reinforced understanding of global and private policy environment
  • Foster high-quality public workforce capable of policy design and execution

Program Characteristics

  • The main target is public workforce from government officials and public sector workers
  • Interdisciplinary convergence program of public administration, private sector management and global governance

Program Specific Concentrations

Public Administration and Leadership


There is a growing demand for public administration skills for managing public sector organizations, which are characterized by binding missions and mandates, limited internal capacity, resources constraints, and external political environments. This study area is designed to improve comprehensive problem-solving skills in public administration and management, by reinforcing one's understanding of global and private policy environments through case studies, and enhancing one's practical skills in solving real-world problems, including conflict resolution and public sector management.

Selected Courses List
  • Comparative Politics: Global Perspectives on Political Institutions and Behavior
  • Budgeting and public financial management
  • Change Management
  • Comparative Politics: Global Perspectives on Political Institutions and Behavior
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis for Policy Decision Making
  • Digital Government and Governance
  • Dispute Resolution and Negotiation
  • Government Communication Service
  • ICT for SDGs
  • Institutional Reform in Developing Countries
  • Managing and Implementing Sustainable Development
  • Participatory Governance in Public Decision Making
  • Performance Management and Measurement in the Public Sector
  • Policy Process Analysis
  • Public Investment Management
  • Public Management for International Development
  • Public Management Innovation and Reform
  • Regulation Reforms and Practices
  • Tax Policy and Administration

Strategic Management

This study area aims to equip students with strategic management and leadership skills required for managers in the public and private sector. Strategic Management and Leadership provides students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of private sector management, and studies policy implications therein. The classes use case studies of private corporations as well as key success factors within the theoretical framework of management. The courses are designed to nurture experts who are able to contribute to the business development and policy making. Target students include government policy makers, public and private sector managers, and future entrepreneurs interested in this dynamic field.

Selected Courses List
  • Central Banking: Monetary Policy Strategy
  • Change Management
  • Customer Relationship Management: Adoption of Technology and Customer behavior
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • FDI Marketing & Promotion
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
  • Grand Strategy and Statecraft
  • Introduction to Financial Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing in the Public Sector
  • Strategic Management

Global Governance and Political Economy

As the challenges of development and public policy are inexorably connected with the forces of globalization, to study them requires an interdisciplinary approach. This concentration focuses on the reciprocity between politics and economics, investigating how political factors influence economic processes and vice versa. The concentration aims to educate mid-career professionals and future public servants to acquire analytical skills, intellectual depth and high public spiritedness, necessary to play a leading role in the increasingly global, interdependent field of policy making. It utilizes an interdisciplinary approach and methodology to explore the theories and policies in the area of global governance, politics, and economics.

Selected Courses List
  • Comparative Politics: Global Perspectives on Political Institutions and Behavior
  • Democracy, Political Mobilization and Economic Development: Korea’s Experience
  • Grand Strategy and Statecraft
  • International Political Economy
  • International Relations and Economic Globalization in 21st Century
  • Social Security and Welfare Policy
  • State Fragility and Development Policy
  • The United Nations and Global Affairs
  • The United Nations and Sustainable Development
  • Topics in North Korean Economy
  • Topics in Political Economy of Development

Common Concentration


Data Science for Public Policy and Management

Data Science for Public Policy and Management concentration aims to train innovative leaders who solve real-world public policy and management problems using computational thinking and data science techniques. Two basic courses prepare students to acquire data science’s foundational perspectives and skills: Programming Fundamentals using Python and Programming Fundamentals using R. After Basic courses, students can choose advanced courses based on their interests to build intermediate and advanced skills or to apply data science skills to public policy and management problems.

*Common concentration is available to declare only as the 2nd concentration and the 1st concentration should be from your program specific ones to graduate. Selected Courses List

Selected Courses List
  • Programming fundamentals using Python
  • Programming fundamentals using R
  • Network Analysis for Social Scientists
  • Data visualization
  • Machine learning for data science
  • Korea’s Microdata Analytics for Public Policy