Master in Public Management (MPM) Program

The MPM program’s curriculum design and content provide opportunities for building several core competencies in leadership, governance and public management while allowing a more focused attention on the specific needs of the students.
The MPM curriculum consists of 13 courses at three units each, thus, at the end of the program the students earn a total of 39 academic units. Each course is run for 32 hours divided into several sessions thus, completing the program in a minimum of 18 months. At the culmination of the program, the students are required to submit the Governance Innovation Report (GIR), a paper on a governance-related topic or concern in their agency. The MPM program is divided into five core courses, six elective courses, and two integrative courses. These courses are described below:

A.  Core Courses (18 units)

Core Courses focus on the application of up-to-date and wide-ranging managerial and leadership skills necessary to undertake the students’ diverse responsibilities in the context of their respective organizations or institutions. It endeavors to develop new perspectives and innovative approaches on leadership, ethics, economics, public policy and public governance among students.
  • Ethics, Power and Accountability
  • Public Governance and the Bureaucracy
  • Public Policy Development and Analysis
  • Applied Economics in the Public Sector
  • Public Finance and Budget
  • Leadership in Public Service

B.  Elective Courses (15 units)

Elective Courses for the MPM Program are directed at providing an intensive, interdisciplinary course of study for public management issues and advocacies being encountered by the students. These courses aim to enhance the students’ skills in formulating strategies and frameworks, possibly, on planning and development, public finance and budgeting, social accountability or in any areas as needed in their work.

ASoG has developed courses that can maximize the students’ exposure to theories of public management and their link to social change and national development. Students can select their electives from this line-up which they deemed as relevant to their work and agency.

Elective subjects can be taken from these course clusters on Governance, Health Governance, Environmental Governance, Technology-based Enterprise Development and Rural Development:

  • General Electives:
    • Organizational Development
    • Integrated Program Management
    • Statistics for Public Management
    • Understanding National Security and Insecurity
    • International Relations in a Globalizing World
    • Human  Resource Management and Development
    • Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • Governance Track:
    • Modern Management in Local Government
    • Local Planning and Development
    • Local Investment and Enterprise Development
    • Urbanization and Sustainable Development
  • Health Governance Track:
    • Health Technology Assessment and Regulation
    • Health Human Resource Management and Development
    • Management and Governance Paradigms in Health
    • Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health
    • Information and Communication Technology in Health
  • Technology-based Enterprise Development Track:
    • Technology Development Policies and Challenges
    • Intellectual Property and Investment and Incentives Laws
    • Investment and Enterprise Development
    • Marketing Management
  • Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development Track:
    • Environmental Management and Sustainable Development
    • Science and Technology Tools for Climate Change Adaptation
    • Policy and Economics for Climate Change
    • Mainstreaming Climate Change into Policy and Planning
    • Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation
  • Rural Development Track:
    • Asset Reform and Natural Resource Management
    • Agricultural and Rural Development Tools
    • Rural Development Models and Approaches
    • Climate Change, Agriculture and Environment: Integrated Adaptation- Mitigation Approaches

C.  Integrative Courses (6 units)
Integrative Courses serve as the venue for the students to synthesize and apply knowledge, skills and attitude they have gained during their MPM course work. The integrative courses employ an organized, systematic and logical process of inquiry, using empirical information to answer questions or concerns on governance, public management and public policy in an area of work or expertise that interest the students.

  • Governance Innovation Report (GIR) 101
  • Governance Innovation Report (GIR) 102