Master of Public Administration Program
Graduate Schol of Public Administration
National Institute of Development Administration
—– (Revised Curriculum on March 14,2018)——

GSPA has periodically revised the MPA program with the purpose of reacting properly to the needs of individuals and agencies in the public sector in order to help equip them with knowledge and skills in response to the dynamics of socio-political changes which create both positive and negative impacts upon public management in Thailand. The revision of the program is also in line with the requirement of Thailand Qualification Framework (TQF), under the control of the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC), which specifies that each program must be revised at least every five years. The current MPA program has undergone revision in 2017 and was approved by the OHEC in the same year. The revision includes changes to the program objectives, structure, ELOs to name but a few. The revision of the program was involved by various stakeholders such as students, faculty members, supporting staff, alumni, employers of our graduates etc. To involve the stakeholders.

1. Name of Program
Master of  Public Administration Program | M.P.A.
2. Philosophy
Leadership, good governance, and sustainable developmentObjectives
3. Objectives

3.1 To produce graduates who have knowledge and expertise in support of the development of a country.

3.2 To produce graduates who have capabilities to analyze, synthesize and apply knowledge to solve complex issues and are able to use their research skills to provide innovative solutions to the problems in the public sector.

3.3 To encourage students to realize the importance of good governance in public management.

3.4 To train students to become change leaders who are keen to seek new knowledge in order to facilitate sustainable development.

4. Expected Learning Outcomes (ELOs)
  • ELO 1 Explain public administration theories and practices
  • ELO 2 Apply knowledge of public management to offer solutions based on a disciplined and responsible consideration of academic and professional ethics
  • ELO 3 Demonstrate leadership in supporting others to make moral and ethical decisions and collaborate with others to solve problems
  • ELO 4 Analyze problems by gathering relevant evidence to support decision- making in solving issues concerning public management
  • ELO 5 Synthesize information to address problems by adhering to the principle of justice and social responsibility
  • ELO 6 Develop conclusions or recommendations based on academic research to advance knowledge in public administration and to communicate them to the academic and the professional communities
5. Admission Requirements

5.1 Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from educational institutes accredited by the Office of the Higher Education Commission, or the Office of the Civil Service Commission, or organizations with standard accreditation or with accreditation recognized by the National Institute of Development Administration.

5.2 Have required professional experience in accordance with the announcement of the Institute.

5.3 Pass selection criteria set by the Institute through written exam and / or interview.

6. Program Structure or Course Categories

The program is divided into 2 plans: Plan A2 and Plan B.

Course Categories Plan A2 Plan B
Basic Courses Non Credit Non Credit
Core Courses 12 Credits 12 Credits
Major Courses 9 Credits 9 Credits
Elective Courses 6 Credits 6 Credits
Independent Study 3 Credits
Comprehensive examination Wtitten Exam Written Exam
Thesis 12 Credits
Total 39 Credits 39 Credits

1. Basic Courses

Basic courses are non-credit and not incorporated in the calculation of grade point averages. Basically, all regular graduate students are required to take these courses. Basic English courses and Introduction to Computer-based Information Systems are also required of regular graduate students if they have not passed English proficiency tests compliant with the Institute’s announcement and have never taken a computer course or have failed to obtain a grade commensurate with the requirements of the Institute. In all, regular graduate students must take basic courses totaling 12 credits. Basic courses on offered are as follows :

  • ND 4000 Foundation Graduate Studies
3     (3-0-6)
  • LC 4001 Reading Skills Development in English for Graduate Studies
3     (3-0-6)
  • LC 4002 Integrated English Language Skills Development
3     (3-0-6)
  • LC 4011 Remedial Reading Skills Development in English for Graduate Studies
3     (3-0-6)
  • LC 4012 Remedial Integrated English Language Skills Development
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 4000 Introduction to Computer Based Information System
3     (3-0-6)

Remarks: Requirements for basic courses or exemption must comply with the announcement of the Graduate School of Public Administration and the Institute, while the requirements and exemption for basic English courses given by the Graduate School of Language and Communication must comply with the conditions of the English language program for graduate students.

2. Core Courses

Core courses are courses aimed at providing a theoretical foundation, concepts, methods of study and problem analysis as well as codes of practice in public administration. Students in either Plan A2 or Plan B must take the following core courses totaling 12 credits.

 

  • PA 6000 Contemporary Public Administration Theory
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 6010 Administration and Sustainable Development3
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 6020 Research Methodology in Public Administration
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 6030 Organizational Analysis
3     (3-0-6)

3. Major Courses

Major courses refer to courses aimed at equipping students in the Master’s degree program with knowledge and expertise in selected areas of specialization, as stipulated in the requirements for relevant majors.

  • PA 7040 Policy Implementation and Evaluation
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 7041 Project Planning, Analysis and Management
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 7042 Crisis and Disaster Management
3     (3-0-6)

4. Electives Courses

Elective courses students in Plan B must take relevant elective courses totaling 15 credits.

  • PA 7900 Dynamic of Global Economic
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 7902 Human Resource Management
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 7903 Financial and Fiscal Management
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 7904 Public Policy
3     (3-0-6)
  • PA 7940 Public Policy Development
3     (3-0-6)

5. Internship Course

  • PA 8800 Internship
3 (0-9-3)

6. Independent Study Course

  • PA 9000 Independent Study : Combination of Practical and Theoretical Knowledge
3 (0-0-12)

7. Thesis

  • PA 9004 Thesis
12
7. Course Schedule

Course Schedule for Plan A2

ND 4000 Foundation for Graduate Studies Non credit

Year 1 – Semester 1
LC 4001 Reading Skills Development in English for
Graduate Studies Non credit
PA 6xxx Core course 3 credits
PA 6xxx Core course 3 credits
PA 6xxx Core course 3 credits

Year 1 – Semester 2
LC 4002 Integrated English Language Skills Non credit
Development
PA 6xxx Course in major category 3 credits
PA 79xx-8xxx Course in elective category 3 credits
PA 79xx-8xxx Course in elective category 3 credits

Year 1 – Summer session
PA 4000 Introduction to Computer-based Information Non credit
Systems

Year 2 – Semester 1
PA 70xx Course in major category 3 credits
PA 70xx Course in major category 3 credits
PA 70xx Course in major category 3 credits
Thesis 3 credits

Year 2 – Semester 2
Thesis 9 credits
Total 39 credits

Course Schedule for Plan B

ND 4000 Foundation for Graduate Studies Non credit

Year 1 – Semester 1

LC 4001 Reading Skills Development in English for
Graduate Studies Non credit
PA 6xxx Core course 3 credits
PA 6xxx Core course 3 credits
PA 6xxx Core course 3 credits

Year 1 – Semester 2
LC 4002 Integrated English Language Skills Non credit
Development
PA 6xxx Course in major category 3 credits
PA 79xx-8xxx Course in elective category 3 credits
PA 79xx-8xxx Course in elective category 3 credits

Year 1 – Summer session
PA 4000 Introduction to Computer-based Information Non credit
Systems

Year 2 – Semester 1
PA 70xx Course in major category 3 credits
PA 70xx Course in major category 3 credits
PA 70xx Course in major category 3 credits
PA 79xx-8xxx Course in elective category 3 credits

Year 2 – Semester 2
PA 79xx-8xxx Course in elective category 3 credits
PA 79xx-8xxx Course in elective category 3 credits
PA 9000 Independent study : Combination of Practical
and Theoretical Knowledge 3 credits

Total 39 credits

8. Career Options After Graduation

8.1 Executives in the public and private sectors
8.2 Politicians and political officials
8.3 Professionals in public and private organizations
8.4 Lecturers or academics in the social sciences
8.5 Military officers, police officers and government officers
8.6 Independent workers

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