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Deadline: 27 September 2021

The KDI School of Public Policy and Management is a government-run graduate school located in Sejong City, South Korea and is affiliated to the Korea Development Institute and a member of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities, and Social Sciences. The school was first established in 1997 in Dongdaemun District, Seoul, before moving to Sejong City in 2015 under the South Korean government's actions to establish the city as the de facto administrative capital of the country.

The school specializes in fostering international experts in the field of development economics and public policy. Highly selective, the school takes on a small number of Korean and international students for its Master and Ph.D programs taught in an institute-style research environment.

Since its establishment, KDI School of Public Policy and Management has developed an innovative educational program focusing on policy and international issues in order to transform mid-career professionals into leaders of their respective fields by equipping them with new knowledge, vision and a global perspective.[2] The curriculum is largely policy-focused and draws upon the wealth of research and resources from the Korea Development Institute.

From the institute's history in documenting South Korea's economic growth, the affiliation between the institute and the graduate school has contributed in disseminating Korea's unique economic and social development experiences with the global community. The KDI School has been recognized throughout Korea and the world as a premier institution for research and learning in the field of development studies, development economics, and public policy. The KDI School is counted as 6th Top think tank in Asia, 22nd in the world and 8th best affiliated think tank in the world.


Master’s Programs:

◆ Master of Public Policy (MPP)

- Finance and Macroeconomic Policy

- Trade and Industrial Policy

- Public Finance and Social Policy

- Regional Development and Environment Policy

◆ Master of Development Policy (MDP)

- Sustainable Development

- International Development

◆ Master of Public Management (MPM)

- Public Administration and Leadership

- Strategic Management

- Global Governance and Political Economy

◆ Master in Intellectual Property and Development Policy (MIPD)

- Intellectual Property & Innovation Policy

Ph.D Programs:

◆ Ph.D in Public Policy

- Social Policy and Public Finance

- Finance and Macroeconomic Policy

- Trade and Industrial Policy

◆ Ph.D in Development Policy

- Development Policy

- International Development Cooperation

- Development Economics

Apply to these academic programs by 27 September 2021.


The online application is available at The online application system will open from September 6 at 9:00 and close on September 27 at 18:00 (KST). Applicants may apply for one program only. Submitting multiple applications will invalidate candidacy. Once you submit the online application, you cannot change what you have uploaded online nor change your program in any case. You can check your application status in our online application website by logging in


(1) International Applicants must have completed at least 16 years of education (elementary, middle, high school, and university).

(2) Applicants for Master's degree program must have a bachelor’s degree holder from an accredited college or university. (min. 3 years), certificate of expected degree can be submitted instead of degree diploma if one is expected to earn a bachelor's degree by February 2022

OR Educational attainment equivalent to bachelor’s degree (min. 3 years) approved by law.

(3) Applicants for Ph.D. program must have both bachelor's (min. 3 years) and master's degree holder from an accredited college or university, and certificate of expected graduation must be submitted if one is expected to earn a master's degree by February, 2022.

OR Educational attainment equivalent to both bachelor's (min. 3 years) and master's degree approved by law


Choose ‘KDIS Scholarship’ when creating an online application.

The scholarship will be decided by the Admissions Committee according to applicants’ strengths and capability and will be announced in the final result . All scholarship benefits are primarily intended for countries named on the DAC List of ODA recipient nations (WHICH INCLUDES ESWATINI), as published by the OECD and they will most likely receive 100% scholarship benefits if admitted.

General applicants will be given Global Ambassador Scholarship(GAS) or Seoul G20 Scholarship if admitted. For details on scholarship benefits, please refer to our homepage:


Global Ambassador Scholarship

International applicants who meet the qualifications of KDI School’s Application Guideline can become potential candidates for GAS Scholarship and apply during KDI School’s online application period.
  • Admissions Period: Spring & Fall Admissions - Spring: Master’s & Ph.D. program, full- & part-time programs - Fall: Master’s programs only, full-time programs only

  • Benefits: Full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend for most recipients

  • Eligibility: International applicants who meet the qualifications of KDIS

  • Program Duration: Master(about 1 year, 3 semesters), Ph.D.(at least 3 years)

Seoul G20 Global Leaders Fellowship

Seoul G20 Global Leaders Fellowship is awarded to a limited number of students and GAS may be offered instead. Applicants must complete and are strongly recommended to submit an online application for Seoul G20 Global Leaders Fellowship and submit all the required documents including an employment verification letter demonstrating the eligibility as guided in KDIS Application Guideline.

  • Admissions Period: Spring & Fall Admissions

  • Benefits: Full tuition waiver, monthly stipend, and round-trip airfare

  • Eligibility: Applicants must meet one of the requirements below. * From Non-G20 Countries: must be currently employed in the division head level (or) over 6 years of working experience in the public sector * From G20 Countries: must have at least 1 year of working experience in the public sector(internship, fellowship, employment, etc) (or) study/research experience in fields related to Korea (studies) will have more preference for selection

  • Program Duration: Master(about 1 year, 3 semesters)


  1. Online Application (must use online application system)

  2. Statement of Purpose (must use online application system)

  3. Undergraduate Academic Transcript with official Grading System document

  4. Undergraduate Degree Diploma

  5. Graduate Academic Transcript (if applicable)

  6. Graduate Degree Diploma (if applicable)

  7. Two Recommendation letters

  8. Certificate of valid English Proficiency Test or Medium of Instruction

  9. Employment verification (required for government officials)

  10. Dissertation Research Proposal (optional)

  11. Video Essay (optional)

  12. Two photos or Photo uploaded on online application

  13. Copy of passport

All required application documents must be submitted both ONLINE and by POSTAL MAIL (in one package) to the admissions office of KDI School by the deadline (Korea Standard Time). All documents must be certified; please refer to the application guideline.

Failure to submit the grading system along with official transcripts is considered as ‘incomplete submission’ and therefore will not be evaluated in the Document Review stage. KDI School accepts the following documents as an official grading system document:

1) an official letter from the university’s registrar explaining the grading system of the university – must have the stamp/seal and signature of the issuing university

2) an official email from the university’s registrar explaining the grading system of the university – must be sent with an official account of the university

3) transcripts with grading system – must clearly state the grading system

4) a PDF file of the university’s grading system uploaded on the homepage


Scholarship Contact Info:


◆ Tel +82-44-550-1211 for general applicants

+82-44-550-1281 for Colombo Plan, FSS-KFB-KDIS, IBK, KEB-Hana, Hyundai applicants

E-mail: for general applicants (GAS, Seoul G20). Please provide your application number when communicating with KDI School.

Address (Document Submission):

The Office of Admissions

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

263 Namsejong-ro


Republic of Korea


Please specify ‘The Office of Admissions’ so that the documents can be delivered properly.

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Office Hour 09:00~18:00 (Monday ~ Friday, KST)

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