Programs

TECHO SEN SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

I- MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS

1. DEGREE OFFERINGS

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MA)
  • PUBLIC POLICY (MA)
  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (MA)
  • ASEAN STUDIES (MA)
  • DIPLOMACY AND NEGOTIATION (MA)
  •  PUBLIC MANAGEMENT (MA)

II- DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAMS

1. DEGREE OFFERINGS:

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (PHD)
  • PUBLIC POLICY (PHD)
  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (PHD)
  • ASEAN STUDIES (PHD)
  • DIPLOMACY AND NEGOTIATION (PHD)
  • PUBLIC MANAGEMENT (PHD)

III- COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TECHO SEN SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

I- MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS

1. DEGREE OFFERINGS

The University of Cambodia offer the following Master’s Degree Programs:

1. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA)
2. PUBLIC POLICY (MPP)
3. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (MIR)
4. ASEAN STUDIES (MAS)
5. DIPLOMMACY AND NEGOTIATION (MDN)
6. PUBLIC MANAGEMENT (MPM)

 

 

Master

 

At the Techo Sen School we offer programmes for the Masters and Doctoral Degrees. We are looking for mature and highly motivated candidates with outstanding undergraduate degrees from recognized universities in Cambodia and ASEAN, and other parts of the world. Some working experience in government, industry, research or civil society and media will be an added advantage. The medium of instruction is English or Khmer and proficiency and fluency in either of two languages must be demonstrated at the time of enrolment.

All prospective candidates will be interviewed and assessed by a University Committee. This committee will assess the candidate’s academic qualifications, motivation, and language skills. In order to assist the Committee, a prospective candidate is required to submit his resume and a brief essay (500-800 words) on what he or she expects to achieve upon graduation so that he or she can be assigned a suitable academic advisor and mentor. 
The Master's Degree program at Techo Sen School trains candidates to engage in cutting-edge, problem-solving, interdisciplinary research in international affairs and political science. Their research will not only contribute to academic literature , especially on Cambodia’s relations with its strategic partners in ASEAN and the rest of the world, but also to resolving pressing policy problems. 

Candidates are expected to engage in fieldwork grounded in rigorous research methods and supported a comprehensive theoretical framework that helps them to contribute to both theory and practice. After completing their degrees, graduates can pursue meaningful high-level careers in academia, research, non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector.

The following Master’s degree programs are offered by The Techo Sen School:

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA)
  • PUBLIC POLICY (MPP)
  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (MIR)
  • ASEAN STUDIES (MAS)
  • DIPLOMACY AND NEGOTIATION (MDN)
  • PUBLIC MANAGEMENT (MPM)

 

Public Administration (MPA)

The Techo Sen School Master in Public Administration programme enables candidates to have an in-depth understanding of general public management and prepares them for meaningful and productive careers at the highest level in government service. Reflecting the common underlying principles of corporate and public governance, Candidates will attend the same core courses as those doing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the College of Management (This also maximises a candidate’s flexibility when it comes to developing or choosing his career). Upon completion of this segment of the programme, they wiil be exposed in greater detail to particular challenges, issues and problems associated with public administration.

All candidates are required to take and pass four common courses (12 credits) and a minimum of 10 major elective courses (30 credits).Thereafter, they may choose either:a research thesis (12 credits) or four other major elective courses (12 credits), followed by a Master’s research paper and a comprehensive examination.

Public Policy (MPP)

The Public Policy program at Techo Sen School provides an in-depth grasp of government and the processes involved in public administration, planning and policy research and analysis (including qualitative and quantitative analytical methods). This program adopts an interdisciplinary approach covering Development Studies. Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. Upon completion, candidates will be equipped with knowledge, analytical methods and skills, and exposure needed for effective  policy making and managerial careers in the political, socio-economic and administrative arms of government.

Candidates are required to take and pass four common courses (12 credits) and a minimum of 10 major elective courses (30 credits. When completed, they may choose to do either: research thesis (12 credits) or four other major elective courses (12 credits) followed by a Master’s research paper and a comprehensive examination.

International Relations (MIR)

As civilization evolves, the relationships between countries are becoming ever more complex. This is especially so with the rapid globalization which is taking place as a result of faster and increasingly sophisticated communication systems. The situation is further complicated by a return to religious fundamentalism in many parts of the world.

The International Relations program is designed to provide students with an understanding of how nations interact with each other. This is with particular reference to Cambodia's present situation as one nation in the world at large; how this has been affected by the past; and the possible implications for the future.

All students are required to take and pass four common courses (12 credits) and a minimum of ten major elective courses (30 credits). Thereafter, students may choose to do either: a research thesis (12 credits); or four other major elective courses (12 credits) followed by a Master’s Research Paper and a Comprehensive Exam.

 

Public Management (MPM)

The program in Public Management at  Techo Sen School aims to provide candidates with a thorough understanding of the functions and activities of government and its relations to the constitution, the legislature and the judiciary, the private sector and the public at large. As an integral aspect of the program, the principles of public and corporate governance and ethics will be debated and discussed, drawing on the experiences of selected countries in ASEAN, Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States. The ultimate purpose of the program is to prepare its graduates for fulfilling careers in public service.

Given the similarities in the underlying principles of management between business and government, candidates will take the same courses as those doing the Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree with the College of Management. Upon completion of this segment, candidates will do work which is designed to give them relevant insights into the challenges and problems associated with public management at local, regional and national levels.

All candidates are required to take and pass four common courses (12 credits) and a minimum of 10 elective courses (30 credits). Thereafter, candidates can select either: research  thesis (12 credits); or four other major elective courses (12 credits) followed by a Master’s research paper and a comprehensive examination.

ASEAN Studies (MAS)

Cambodia is an active member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1998. Its influence in this regional organization is increasingly important. Prime Minister Samdech Techno Hun Sen and his officials have been actively engaged in its meetings and engagements culminating in Cambodia’s chairmanship of ASEAN in 2013 and the hosting of the ASEAN Heads of Government Summit in Phnom Penh in the same year. 2015 has seen the formation of the ASEAN Community which will not only bring the peoples of ASEAN together but also create business opportunities for Cambodia. In order to understand its various processes, candidates for this programme will be exposed to the activities of the functions of the ASEAN Secretariat,  ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Regional Forum, ASEAN Foreign and Economic Ministers meetings and associated mechanisms. 

There are two components: a) Social Science Concentration. This covers ASEAN history, the  functions of the ASEAN Secretariat, the economics of ASEAN integration, common policy initiatives on monetary policy, tourism and transport,  economic and social and cultural affair and the environment, among others; and b) Business Concentration will cover issues related to ASEAN industry, business networks, and research and consulting activities.

Candidates must take and pass four common courses (12 credits) and a minimum of 10 major elective courses (30 credits). Thereafter, they may choose to do either: a research Thesis (12 Credits); orf our other major elective courses (12 credits) followed by a Master’s research paper and comprehensive examination.

Diplomacy & Negiotiation (MDN)

The Diplomacy and Negotiation program at Techo Sen School is designed to enable candidates to learn the art of diplomacy and negotiation and be exposed to the making of foreign policy and its execution, and acquire the tools of political analyses and the management of information and understand the roles and functions of the foreign ministry and the role of diplomats in the making and execution of foreign policy. They will be trained in the tactical and practical aspects of negotiations for both government and business.

All candidates are required to take and pass four common courses (12 credits) and a minimum of 10 major elective courses (30 credits). Upon completion, they may choose to do either: a. research thesis (12 credits); or four other major elective courses (12 credits) followed by a master’s research paper and a comprehensive examination.

 

 

 

Doctoral

The Techo Sen School offers six doctoral degree programmes as follows:

  • Public Administration (DPA)
  • Public Policy (DPP)
  • International Relations (DIR)
  • ASEAN Studies (DAS)
  • Diplomacy and Negotiation (DDN)
  • Public Management (DPM)

Candidates are required to have Master’s Degrees from recognised universities with top grades and show a keen interest in independent research and teaching. The demands on a doctoral candidate are rigorous.  The program requires independent study, especially during the research and dissertation writing phase.  For this reason, the School will ensure that those who enrol in the doctoral programme are very motivated individuals who have clear academic goals and are prepared to put a lot of effort and time.

 

Public Administration (DPA)

This programme at Techo Sen School prepares doctoral candidates for responsible positions in government and related institutions, academia  research, and consultancy. In Stage 1 of the program, candidates are required to attend the same core courses as those doing the DBA in the College of Management. Upon completion of this segment, they  will proceed with courses designed to deal with subjects related to public administration, with emphasis on the practical aspects of government including the formulation and execution of policies and programmes.

All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits),and three oriented courses and Comprehensive examination (9 credits). To graduate, they are required to do original research and write their dissertation (33 credits) .

Public Policy (DPP)

The doctoral program at Techo Sen School provides students and scholars of exceptional talent and intellectual capacity with graduate training to groom them for positions in academia, government, international bodies, and at research centres and policy research institutes. Candidates will be coached to conduct policy analytic research, help to formulate and execute public policy and programs and trained to teachthe next generation of educators, researchers, and practitioners.

The program abets scholarly research that enables public policy practitioners to make rational and informed decisions. With this in mind, the course work combines core requirements in theory (economics, politics and management, sociology, and normative theory) and methods (advanced analytical, quantitative and empirical methodology) with concentrations in economic regulatory and environmental and energy policy, international development, security relations, science and technology and related issues.

All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three doctoral courses (9 credits) and three oriented courses  andcomprehensive examination (9 credits). Thereafter, they are required to do researchthrearechesis or dissertation (33 credits).

International Relations (DIR)

As civilization evolves over time, relations between nation states become very complex and interdependent, and especially so with fast paced globalization driven by information technology and the Internet and made more challenging with the rise of militant Islamic fundamentalism in many parts of world.

The doctoral program at Techo Sen School  trains candidates to engage in cutting-edge, problem-solving, interdisciplinary research in international affairs and political science. Their research will not only contribute to academic literature, especially on Cambodia’s relations with its strategic partners in ASEAN and the rest of the world, but also to resolving pressing policy problems. 

Candidates are expected to engage in fieldwork grounded in rigorous research methods and supported a comprehensive theoretical framework that helps them to contribute to both theory and practice. After completing their degrees, graduates can pursue meaningful high-level careers in academia, research, non-profit organizations, government, and the private sector.

All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination (9 credits). Upon completion, they must do research thesis or dissertation.(33 credits).

ASEAN Studies (DAS)

Since its establishment in 1967, ASEAN has become an economic and political force for peace and stability in Southeast Asia. The creation of the ASEAN Community will further solidify the 10 member states into a cohesive and purposeful regional group for the benefit of the peoples of ASEAN. Cambodia has been an active participant in its development and is poised to see its influence in ASEAN  increase as its economy develops and its commercial linkages with its partners deepen and strengthen. However, in order to take full advantage of ASEAN integration, there is now a realisation that Cambodians have yet to fully understand the intricate web of mechanisms and processes that make up ASEAN to enable them to tap  commercial opportunities that will emerge from ASEAN’s rapid economic development.

With above in mind, the doctoral program at Techo Sen School aims to develop students who can apply balanced theoretical and practical perspectives in engaging with issues and problems in ASEAN region; contribute to knowledge creation, research development and sharing in ASEAN studies; and undertake further and advanced study in ASEAN studies and related issues.

All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination  (9 credits). Thereafter, they are required to do research thesis or dissertation (33 credits).

Diplomacy & Negotiation (DDN)

The Diplomacy and Negotiation doctoral program at Techo Sen School allows candidates to specialize in a specific domain of knowledge while gaining the recognition that is instrumental to pursue advanced careers in academia, think tanks, international organizations, or government research insttutes..The highest academic standards are sought in the course work as well as in the methodology, research, and writing of the doctoral dissertation. 

The curriculum has a multi-disciplinary scope. Required courses cover the disciplines of international relations, political science, economics, international law, international organizations, and diplomacy. The choice of electives is made in accordance with the domain in which the candidate wishes to pursue his research.

Candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses (9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination (9 credits). They are then required to research thesis or dissertation.(33 credits).

Public Management (DPM)

This doctoral program at Techo Sen School combines taught courses on public management, public policy and research methods with carrying a substantial workload  of independent, doctoral-level research  It is designed for practising professionals and provides critical reflection on public sector reforms, including evidence-based policy and practice. The program supports creating greater capacity within the Cambodian and ASEAN public and voluntary sectors to conduct, commission and evaluate research as a contribution to the achievement of public goals.

Reflecting the common underlying principles of good governance in the private sector, DPM doctoral candidates attend the same core courses as those doing a DBA in the College of Management. Upon completion of this segment, to do work which is designed to give them relevant insights into challenges and problems related to the formulation and execution of public policies.

All candidates are required to pass three supplementary courses( 9 credits), three Doctoral courses (9 credits), and three oriented courses and comprehensive examination. Thereafter, they required to do research thesis  or dissertation (33 credits).