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Public Administration


The objective of the public administration major is to prepare students to become expert public administrators that are capable of managing organizations and implementing policies at a national or local government level and, also, to educate future academics in this field. As future expert public administrators, students will learn to take a scientific approach to understanding various national and international public issues and generate solutions through rigorous analysis and interpretation. The public administration major offers five different concentrations: Theories of Public Administration, Public Management, Financial Administration, Local and Global Governance, and Conflict Management and Resolution.

GSPA and KOICA have established an agreement, as a part of ODA, to offer the Global Public Administrations course within the public administrations major. With its foundation based on the study of Korea’s economic development, this course aims to produce expert personnel who are devoted to creating and implementing strategies for advancing developing countries.

Students that major in public policy will learn to become public policy experts and policy analysts that can successfully respond to the demands of the public administration sector, which is becoming more complex and diverse. Also, this course aspires to educate scholars who will contribute to the academic development of public policy studies. In addition to having a strong understanding of the overall public policy process, public policy experts must be able to scientifically analyze and asses individual cases. Students will gain a firm grasp of public policy in general, but, more importantly, they will acquire specialized knowledge and skills in their chosen concentrations and learn to foster a mindset that can combine these various skills and information. The public policy major offers five concentrations: Theories in Public Policy, Economic Policy, Social Policy, Media and Mass Communication Policy, and Global Policy.



The Ph.D in Public Administration is focused on teaching skilled candidates to become expert public administrators that are able to manage organizations and implement policies at a national and local government level. In addition, this program fosters candidates to become exceptional academics that will educate future generations of leaders, scholars, and researchers in public affairs. Through this program, individuals will gain expertise in analyzing, understanding and researching high-level public issues. Specifically, they will learn to use a scientific method to interpreting challenging issues and find effective and innovative solutions through meticulous analysis and research.
Ph.D candidates that choose to major in Public Policy will be trained to become Public Policy experts and Policy Analysts that will thrive in the constantly changing and diversifying field of public policy. In particular, candidates will obtain specialized knowledge and skills needed to properly deal with complex challenges of public policy and take lead in advancing studies and research in various aspects of this area. This course will concentrate on teaching individuals to not only be well-versed in the overall field of public policy but also be experienced in taking a scientific approach to comprehending and evaluating individual public policy cases. Furthermore, students will learn to foster a so-called public policy mindset that will allow them to process different kinds of knowledge and generate innovative solutions.

Global Master of Public Administration


The GMPA program started from the joint effort of GSPA and KOICA to contribute to the capacity-building efforts in developing countries and to enhance their economic and social development.
The program educates selected public officials of developing countries for 16 months and offers curricula to enhance administrative capacity and share Korea’s development experience. Its aim is to upgrade of human resources of developing countries by offering skill, knowledge and Korean experience in economic and social development to their promising public officials.
The title of degree is Master in Public Administration (MPA). Students will study theories of public administration, public management, financial administration, local and global governance, and conflict management and resolution. Master’s candidates who complete 33 credits and submit the Master’s thesis will be granted the degree.

Master of Public Enterprise Policy


GSPA launched the Masters of Public Enterprise Policy (MPEP) on March 2010 in accordance with the contract resulting from Article 8 of The Promotion of Industrial Education and Industry-Academic Cooperation Act and Article 6, Sections 4 and 5 of Seoul National University Regulations. Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) established between GSPA and individual public enterprises, employees sent from respective public enterprises will attend GSPA for a specified period of time (i.e., three semesters; according to Article 46, Section 3 of Seoul National University Regulations, number of years required to graduate may be reduced by 6 months) and will receive a MPEP degree
The MPEP program takes a systematic and scientific approach to educating administrators of public organizations to become the next generation of public leaders that are imperative in the public sector. The MPEP course offers concentrations in Public Management and Public Policy.


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