Students admitted in 2018 and after

PPGA Programme Structure
(AY2018 onwards) 
A. Major Requirements B. General Education Requirements  Total (AUs)
Core                      Prescribed Electives Core           Prescribed Electives (PEs) Unrestricted Electives (UEs)  
​23 ​37 14 ​12 ​39 ​125
5 Courses + FYP 11 Courses 8 Courses  4 Courses 13 courses  

The Major Requirements for Public Policy and Global Affairs Major consists of 3 components:
  • Public Policy and Global Affairs Core Courses (23 AUs)
  • Public Policy and Global Affairs Prescribed Electives (37 AUs)
  • Graduation Project (FYP/GP) (8 AUs)​​

Requirements of the Public Policy and Global Affairs Major:
A1. Public Policy and Global Affair Core (Compulsory) Courses
  • HA1001 Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • HA1002 Introduction to Political Theory
  • HA1003 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy
  • HA1011 Politics of Singapore
  • HA1012 Fundamentals of Politics
  • HA4099 Graduation Project (8 AUs)

A2. Public Policy and Global Affair Electives
Students  must choose 11 electives (with a minimum of 37 AUs) from the wide range of Public Policy and Global Affairs Prescribed Electives. 7 electives at the level-2000/3000 and 4 at the level-4000.
Politics and International Relations
  • HA2003 Politics and Government in Southeast Asia
  • HA2004 Theories in International Relations
  • HA2005 Contemporary Political Theory
  • HA2006 The Rise of China
  • HA2015 China in Africa
  • HA2017 Foreign Policy Analysis
  • HA3003 The Politics of Ethnicity
  • HA3004 United States and East Asia
  • HA3005 Politics of the Developing World
  • HA3006 Asian Political Thought
  • HA3014 Singapore's Foreign Policy
  • HA3015 Media and Politics
  • HA3016 China's Foreign Policy
  • HA3018 Borderless Migration
  • HA3019 East Asian Security
  • HA3020 Justice
  • HA3021 Comparative Politics in Asia
  • HA4001 ASEAN in the 21st Century
  • HA4002 Politics of Democratization in East and West
  • HA4003 Globalization and East Asian Politic
  • HA4004 Terrorism and Security
  • HA4013 Advanced Topics in Democratic Theory: Democracy & Division 
  • HA4014 European Union
  • HA4016 Global Cities: Policy and Politics

Public Policy and Public Administration
  • HA2008 Government, Nonprofits and Society
  • HA2009 The Making of E-government
  • HA2010 Public Administration in Southeast Asia
  • HA2011 Cost-benefit Analysis in Public Policy
  • HA2012 Global Problems and Policy
  • HA2013 Comparative Public Policy
  • HA2014 Public Organization​ and Management
  • HA2016 Global Governance & Regulation
  • HA2020 Socio-Political Analysis in Public Policy 
  • HA2021 Public Administration in Singapore
  • HA2022 Public Policy-making in Singapore
  • HA2023 Research Methodology in Social Sciences
  • HA2024 Statistical Foundations for Public Administration and Policy
  • HA3007 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • HA3008 Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship
  • HA3009 Comparative Public Administration
  • HA3010 Mass Media and Public Policy
  • HA3011 Science, Technology and Public Policy
  • HA3013 Managing Human Behavior in the Public Sector
  • HA4005 Constitutional and Administrative Law in Singapore
  • HA4006 Special Topic in Public Administration
  • HA4008 Ethics of Public Administration and Policy
    • HA4009 Special Issues in Public Policy
    • HA4010 Technology, Innovation and Policy
    • HA4011 Public Administration: Past, Present & Future
    • HA4012 Challenging Issues in Singapore
    • ​HA4015 Performance Management in the Public Sector
    • HA4017 Economic Issues for Public Decision Making​
    • HA4018 Policy Evaluation
    • HA4019 Methods in Political Theory
    • HA4021 Analysis of Social Welfare Policy in the United States

    1. It is recommended that students take an average of 3 PPGA courses every semester.

    2. We strongly encourage students to complete their Core Courses (1000-level courses) first before attempting the prescribed electives (3000- and 4000-level courses).
      3. Students need complete PPGA core and 7 PPGA major prescribed electives (MPEs) before doing FYP. A minimum CGPA of 3.9 must be attained to be eligible.
      4. The maximum load for PPGA year 1 students is 16 AUs (5 courses), for year 2-4 students is 18 AUs (6 courses). Students are allowed to overload one course if their CGPA is 4.5 and above, but not in the first semester for year 1 students.
    Students are strongly encouraged to read the Core Courses as soon as they are offered. Please do not delay the reading of Core Courses because these Core Courses may be the pre-requisite for some courses offered in future semesters. A failure to clear the Core Courses as early as possible will impose restrictions in the choice of courses in future semester. 
    B. General Education Requirements (GER) (65 AUs)
Course Type





Business and Management (BM)



Liberal Arts (LA)​



GER-PE in Any Category (STS, BM or LA)



GER-PE in Any Category (STS, BM or LA)




Total AU



The General Education Requirements (GER) courses consists of 3 components:

    1. 1. GER-Core (14 AUs)

    a. Communication Skills

              b. Digital Literacy courses      
        1.     c. Career-related module
        2.     d. Other online courses
      2. GER-Prescribed Electives (12 AUs)
    3. GER-Unrestricted Electives (39 AUs) 

1a.  2 courses from GER-Core Communication Skills (2 AUs each): 

  • HW0105 Academic Communication in the Arts, Humanities and Social. Sciences
  • HW0208 Academic Communic​ation in the Social Sciences


1b.  2 courses from GER-Core Digital Literacy courses (3 AUs each): 

  • HD0101 Digital Society (to be read in year 2, semester 2)
  • HD0102 Making Sense of Big Data (to be read in year 2, semester 1)


1c.  1 course from GER-Core Career-related (1 AU): 

  • ML0003 (online course) 


1d. ​​Fulfil the following GER-Core Other online courses in sequence and in every semester 2 (1 AU each): 

  • ​GC0001 Environmental Sustainability (to read in year 1, semester 2) 
  • HY0001 Ethics & Moral Reasoning (to read in year 2, semester 2) 
  • ET0001 Enterprise & Innovation (to read in year 3, semester 2)


2.  4 courses from a list of GER–Prescribed Electives (PE) in the following categories with at least 1 course from each category (12 AUs total):

  • ​1 course from General Education in Liberal Arts (LA)
  • 1 course from General Education in Business and Management (BM)
  • Remaining 2 from any of the 3 categories of Liberal Arts (LA), Business and Management (BM) and Science, Technology and Society (STS)


3.  Courses categorized under GER-Unrestricted Electives (UE) that are offered by any School (39 AUs total).

There are no restrictions on the selection of courses to make up unrestricted electives. Students can choose any of the following:
  • Complete a Minor in another discipline.
  • Earn AUs under an International Exchange programme.
  • Earn AUs under the optional Professional Attachment programme offered under SSS.
  • Any course offered by any School as long as the pre-requisites are satisfied.