The Master in Public Policy

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.

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 2.75 in a related discipline. 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.


The next intake is scheduled for March 2020. Applications  open 15th October 2019 and close 6th February 2020.

Acceptance into the programme is by application and selection only.

Who You Will Be Working With

Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs

Professor Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Lin See-Yan

Professor Dwight H. Perkins

Professor Woo Wing Thye

Professor Shandre Mugan Thangavelu

Professor Leong Choon Heng

Professor James Chin

Professor Rajah Rasiah

Professor Datuk Dr Tan Tat Wai

Dr Wong Chin Huat

Dr Chen Jit Ern

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)
  • Two letters of reference (academic and/ or professional)
  • A personal statement of your interest in Master in Public Policy
  • ONE (1) Passport-sized Photograph

For more information or to apply, please email: 

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