Program Comparison Highlights
Institutional Structure: The School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) is an academic unit within Beijing Normal University.
Curriculum Design: The Beijing Normal Master’s in Contemporary Development of China (MCDC) is a two-year (four semester) full-time program requiring 30 course credits (10 one-semester equivalent courses) plus a 50-page MA thesis for completion. Typical students take about 34% of their course work in subjects that we classify as Tools and Skills or Management Functions and about 4% of their study is in economic or quantitative courses. This places the RANEPA MGPP degree in the “mid-length, lower tools/management, lower quantitative” category, along with such programs as the Colorado MPA and the New Mexico MPA. MCDC has an elective internship and requires a thesis of approximately 50 pages. It has as a relatively low number of elective courses taught within the school.
Professional Program Features: The program website does not contain much information on professional program features although it does say that “The program is taught in English by top Chinese and international scholars and practitioners in relevant fields, and its curriculum combines lectures and seminars with field visits and internships” (at http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/?programs/pid/158/tp/218/id/9.html, accessed 14 February 2015).
University: Beijing Normal University
Location: Beijing, China
Degree: Master’s in Contemporary Development of China (MCDC)
Marketing Approach: “The Master’s Program in Contemporary Development of China (CDC) aims to contextualize and analyze the processes that have shaped underdevelopment in developing countries, specifically in China, and the many responses to them. Conducted by Beijing Normal University’s School of Social Development and Public Policy, the program seeks to locate the policy framework of social development firmly within evidence-based theories and practices, and adopts a grounded and multi-disciplinary approach to issues of social development such as social welfare, poverty reduction, migration, gender, public health, civil society, etc., for students interested in pursuing a career in government bodies, development agencies, research institutions, and non-governmental organizations.” (At http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/?programs/pid/158/tp/218/id/9.html, accessed 14 February 2015.)
Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]
Academic Unit within University: The SSDPP is a school within Beijing Normal University.
“The School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) was founded in September 2008. It was originally the Institute of Social Development and Public Policy (ISDPP), first established in 1999. The School was founded during an era of dramatic globalization and the astonishingly rapid development of China. During the past decade, extensive reforms in public policy and management have been adopted around the world; governments have been eagerly improving their nations with a competitive spirit, and the Chinese government has endeavored to better its people’s livelihood and construct a harmonious society. In order to meet the needs of the day, we have chosen the promotion of social equity and justice as our mission and the creation of a meritocracy as the core values of the SSDPP. The school integrates knowledge and academic strength from various disciplines among the social sciences, with a focus on empirical research and the implications of public policy, and pursues collaboration with the public sector, including governmental as well as academic exchange with both domestic and international institutions.” (At http://www.ssdpp.net.cn/en/index.php?about1/pid/617/tp/618, accessed 14 February 2015.)
Related Academic Units and Degrees: The SSDPP has only one program in English, the Master’s Program in Contemporary Development of China. A related unit is the “China Social Work Education Demonstration Program (SWED) based on the School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP). The program is intended to be a major social work education base to promote the development of the social work profession and lead social work education in China. In many aspects, SWED means a substantial change in the current social work education system in China. Compared with other MSW programs currently operating in China,” at http://www.ssdpp.net.cn/en/?xmjianjie/pid/726/tp/730, accessed 14 February 2015).
Posted Tuition: RMB 98,000 for two years (equivalent to $7,840 per year in US dollars at the February 2015 exchange rate). At http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/?admissions/pid/179/tp/180.html accessed 14 February 2015.
MCDC Degree Requirements
Summary: The program is taught in English by top Chinese and international scholars and practitioners in relevant fields, and its curriculum combines lectures and seminars with field visits and internships. At the end of the program, students are expected to have a deeper understanding of China’s development processes and their implications, and should have gained critical skills in analyzing development policy and undertaking development research.
Duration: 4 semesters.
Academic Prerequisite: Undergraduate Degree preferably in a social science discipline. Competitive TOEFL or IELTS score for non-native English speakers. Relevant work experience is considered a plus.
Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 14. See Note 1.
Note 1: Although no credit equivalents are listed for the thesis, the MA thesis requirement is described at http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/eweditor/uploadfile/20131202020532173.pdf. The 50-page double-spaced requirement seems to be comparable to the thesis expectation for MA programs in England where the thesis is worth one third of the total degree credit, or 60 CATS credits, equivalent to 4 one-semester courses, or 12 credits. If we award 12 credits for the SSDPP thesis, this would imply a total of 30 course credits and 12 thesis credits for a total of 42 credits or 14 one-semester-course equivalents.
Number of Required Courses: 8 (four courses and a 12-credit thesis)
Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 6
Number of Electives Offered within Program: 18 two-credit courses.
Comprehensive Examination: No
Thesis Required: Yes.
Internship Required: Elective
International Study Required: No
Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree
Professional Development and Career Support: No
Student-run Journal: No
Applied Projects: No
Pro Bono Consulting: No
Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/?programs/pid/158/tp/218/id/1, accessed 14 February 2015.
Course Material Online: One-paragraph course descriptions at the site noted above plus selected syllabi available to the public at http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/?syllabuses/pid/204/tp/208.html.
Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.
|I. Courses Required and Offered|
|Number of one-semester courses required for degree||14|
|Number of required courses||8|
|Number of elective courses taken||6|
|Number of courses offered||17|
|Enrolment weight of elective courses||0.53|
|II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas|
|Domains and Subjects|
|Tools and Skills||27.1%|
|– Strategy and Structure||10.0%|
|– Economic Analysis||0.0%|
|– Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences||13.5%|
|– Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice||3.5%|
|Institutions and Context||20.6%|
|– Democratic Institutions and Policy Process||0.0%|
|– Ethics and Accountability||3.5%|
|– Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts||17.1%|
|– Public Financial Management||7.1%|
|– Evaluation and Performance Measurement||0.0%|
|– Other Management Functions||0.0%|
|– Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy||0.0%|
|– International Development||20.6%|
|– Other Policy Sectors||14.1%|
|III. Number of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by|
|Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains|
|Lead and Manage in Public Governance||2.13|
|Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process||1.60|
|Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions||2.39|
|Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives||1.06|
|Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry||0.56|
|Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies||7.74|
|IV. Ratio of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by|
|Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency|
|Lead and Manage in Public Governance||1.19|
|Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process||0.74|
|Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions||0.64|
|Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives||0.70|
|Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry||0.71|
|Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed||0.77|
|V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative|
|Methods Courses taken by Typical Student|
|Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy||0.00|
|Ratio of Quantitative Courses to Total Courses Required||3.5%|
|Sum of Tools and Skills and Management Functions||34.1%|
Source: At http://international.ssdpp.net.cn/ and related sites (accessed 14 February 2015).
Page created by: Ian Clark on 14 February 2015 and last modified on 12 December 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program’s structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation.
Beijing Normal MCDC Course Map
Note: The required courses, marked with (R), are 3 credits; the electives are 2 credits.
[TABLE NOT YET EDITED FOR THE ATLAS FORMAT]