KDI School of Public Policy & Management

Master of Public Policy | Master of Public Management | Master of Development Practice

The KDI School offers three degree possibilities in conjunction with the Evans School’s Global MPA (with all programs delivered entirely in English). All of the programs draw on the comprehensive and interdisciplinary research capacity of KDI, the top think tank in Korea. The faculty with outstanding research backgrounds and empirical knowledge offers an outstanding curriculum that integrates theory and practice.

Sequence of studies: For this partner, the recommended sequence is first year Evans School, second year KDI. However, it is also possible to do the reverse (first year at KDI, beginning with a Spring or Autumn term start, and then second year at Evans School). Please write to Evans School faculty director, Scott Fritzen, at sfritzen@uw.edu for more information on the alternative sequence.

Master of Public Policy. The KDI Master of Public Policy (MPP) program is designed to provide global perspective and professional expertise in public policy areas. The program expands capabilities in policy planning, analysis and implementation, and fosters professionals in the field of economic and social policies. Students are required to take one of three areas of specialization: finance and macroeconomic policy; trade and industrial policy; public finance and social policy; or regional development and environmental policy. Click here for more info.

Master of Public Management. The KDI Master of Public Management (MPM) program seeks to fulfill policy management needs in today's global environment through an integrative education program that covers various facets of management and leadership in both the public and private sectors. The aim of the program is to nurture professionals who can successfully navigate and manage the complexities of global, and private sector environments, make preemptive decisions to deal with the challenges, and have the capacity to put them into action. The program explores the interdisciplinary convergence of public administration, private sector management and global governance. Students take one of three areas of specialization: public administration and leadership; strategic management; or global governance and political economy. Click here for more info.

Master of Development Practice. Based on the KDI's hands-on experience on development policy of 48 years, the Master of Development Policy (MDP) program offers a curriculum where students can examine various issues of socio-economic development in both theoretical and practical frameworks. The program is specifically targeted for international professionals, including government officials, development consultants, and regional specialists who wish to contribute to development policy-making. The program is also focused on fostering professionals in the field of the official development assistance (ODA). Students must take the required core courses as well as a certain number of courses from Sustainable Development or International Development areas. Click here for more info

The KDI School of Public Policy and Management

KDI School of Public Policy and Management – one of the largest and most comprehensive policy schools in Asia – was founded as an affiliated educational institution of Korea Development Institute, a premier government economic think tank at the forefront of social science research for the past 48 years. The KDI School mission is to produce international experts equipped with theoretical knowledge as well as practical skills in the fields of development economics and public policy, and to develop future leaders capable of coping with the rapidly changing international environment and exercising global leadership in every sector of our society.

KDI School is home to a vast student and alumni network that stretches all over the world. Students come from a variety of backgrounds including over 3,300 Korean alumni members in government ministries, public organizations, private corporations, the finance sector, media corporations, and NGOs. The network is equally diverse for foreign alumni counterparts with current and former students from key government ministry officials in 135 countries. Such an extensive network creates synergy and helps KDI School and its students build a truly diverse support structure that provides mutual support in various fields.

Students benefit from a comprehensive range of services, including KDI’s career center, and excellent facilities. Sejong, slated to be South Korea’s new administrative capital and known as Sejong “smart” city due to its innovative urban infrastructure, is located about 100 miles south of Seoul.