Founded in 1995, the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management (formerly the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program) was a partnership of the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City and the Harvard Kennedy School, USA. The School is the only educational institution in Vietnam receiving core funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State. The School is also the first Vietnamese institution to be a member of the NASPAA – Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

With the mission to create, transmit and disseminate knowledge, the Fulbright School has been operating according to governance principles that are prerequisites for excellence: autonomy, meritocracy, accountability, and high standards. Our Vietnamese and international faculty possess a sophisticated understanding of Vietnam, which they connect to regional and global trends. Today, we focus on three core initiatives: Teaching, including the Master in Public Policy programs and executive education; Research, into complex policy issues confronting Vietnam; and Policy Dialogue, through discussion with Vietnamese policymakers and participation in the public policy discourse in Vietnam.


The materials employed in our teaching are made available to students and teachers across Vietnam and around the world through the OpenCourseWare. The Fulbright School strives to foster a dynamic learning environment, where students and faculty are laser-focused on attaining the highest standards of inquiry and practice.




  • Number of faculty teaching in program: 23, with 9 Nucleus Faculty, and 14 International Fellows and Adjuncts
  • Program faculty credentials: 9 Nucleus Faculty have 6 PhDs, 1 JD, 1 MPA, 1 MPP.
  • Diversity of the Nucleus Faculty: 7 Vietnamese, 1 Korean and 1 American; 8 Men and 1 Woman.

Admission Criteria 

  • Students must have a Bachelor Degree
  • Entrance exams (Quantitative, Analytical Reasoning, and English) will be held in Hanoi. Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City. These exams are the adapted version of GRE (for Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning) and TOEFL (for English).
  • Evaluation also involves essays, professional experience, and interview.

Cost of Degree 

  • Degree is tuition free for MPP Policy Analysis, and tuition based for MPP Leadership & Management.

Mode of Delivery

  • MPP Policy Analysis: Full-time, in-person instruction in the main campus 
  • MPP Leadership & Management: Part-time, in-person instruction in the main campus

Length of Degree

  • MPP Policy Analysis: 15 months 

  • MPP Leadership & Management: 18 months 

Number of Credit Hours

  • MPP Policy Analysis: The students are required to complete a minimum of 55 credits (including 30 core credits, 15 elective credits and 10 thesis credits). 
  • MPP Leadership & Management: The students are required to complete a minimum of 48 credits (including 26 core credits, 12 elective credits and 10 thesis credits). 

Number of Students

  • Every year, the MPP program admits between 50 and 70 students.

Career Services  

  • The most recent graduate employment features 19 university lecturers, researchers, and doctoral students; 6 national government, 13 local/provincial government; 11 private sector; other 1; unemployed 0; NGOs 0.
  • Individual faculty and staff offer career counseling and help students with job placement.

Current Students 

  • No internships are available, although students may work on applied or practical projects. 
  • 84% of all students complete program in 2 years, and 88% in 3 years

Graduation rate 

  • Graduation rate has been stable at about 90%.

Thesis requirement 

  • A thesis is required for graduation. A thesis may be theoretical or empirical, original data or secondary data, or case study.

Vietnamese/English Instruction 

  • Classes are taught in Vietnamese
  • Students are taught by Vietnamese and International Fellows
  • Lectures by International Fellows in English are interpreted into Vietnamese
  • Students may turn in written assignments in either Vietnamese or English
  • English is used wherever possible

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