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Program Mission

Our mission is to develop visionary, innovative, dedicated and truth-seeking leaders for public organizations nationally and locally, to improve public governance, serve the people and advance the values of accountability, integrity and equity, through rigorous teaching, original research and active service.

To fulfill our mission, our program provides the following:

· A rigorous curriculum that builds on theoretical underpinnings and analytical methods of public administration, and provides concentrated areas of study in governance and leadership, public policy, fiscal policy, human resources, public security, urban management, land-use planning, non-profit organization, public health, social security, etc.;

· A conducive environment that nurtures students with public values of accountability, integrity, and equity;

· A top-caliber faculty that bridges disciplines across the school and the university to advance public administration and policy scholarship; and

· Abundant opportunities to engage with public service organizations and to solve practical problems facing China and the world.

Program Description

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program operates under the School of Public Administration and Policy at Renmin University of China. It was established in 2001 and has been taught continuously ever since. In the year, in order to improve the public administration and to cultivate modern public servants, the State Council of PRC and its Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security decided to launch the MPA education in China. We take pride that our program is one of the earliest MPA programs approved by the Academic Degrees Committee of the State Council (ADCSC) in China (not including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).

To some extent, our program was created originally as a “role model” to promote public administration education and research in China, with strong support from the Renmin University of China. By bringing together the academic disciplines, departments, and institutes that have a focus on public policy and public affairs, the University established the School of Public Administration and Policy (SPAP), aiming at developing key disciplines, taking advantages of traditional strengths, and integrating all sorts of resources to promote the development of public administration and public policy. Besides, the University is much honored to have National Steering Committee Secretariat Office of MPA Program set up in its campus since the February of 2001.

Till now our program has developed as one of the most successful MPA programs in China. In terms of the number of applicants, the size of the program and student scores in the National Entrance Exam, our program tops national rankings. In the first assessment on MPA programs organized by the National MPA Steering Committee in 2006, our MPA program achieved straight 25 As in all the indicators. In 2010, our MPA program was chosen by the Ministry of Education as one of the seven pioneers to launch comprehensive reform and development initiatives. Since the first year, there have been 3320 students graduated from our MPA program. Such a success is grounded in the academic, financial, administrative and other available resources from the School of Public Administration and Policy (SPAP) at Renmin University of China.

Primary Focus

The primary focus of our MPA Program is designed to inspire students to build a strong commitment to public service with the values of accountability, integrity and equity, and to prepare them for public organizations as visionary, innovative, dedicated and truth-seeking leaders nationally and locally.