This degree prepares students concerned with the common good and values to join the public sector and serve the community.
Providing students with the indispensable knowledge about the most recent developments affecting governments, both locally and globally, USJ Bachelor of Government Studies encourages students to develop critical analytical skills to effectively assess, plan, and implement public sector programmes. The first two years are dedicated to foundation courses in public administration and policy, law, political science, economics, sociology, as well as global and regional politics. In year 3, students choose their specialization either in Public Administration, thus preparing themselves to serve the Macao SAR government and community, or in International Relations, for those looking forward to a career in public agencies in their home country or in international organizations. Year-4 students will be additionally provided with the opportunity to gain actual work experience through an internship programme within the public sector or relevant organizations.
4 years full-time (day) programme
Total number of credits for graduation
Programme’s Government Approval (In Chinese and Portuguese only)
Classes take place from September to May each academic year. Summer classes, internships and examinations may be scheduled in June and July. Please refer to the official academic calendar for the most updated information.
On average, students will have approximately 18.5 hours of classes each week. Classes are scheduled from Mondays to Fridays, from 09:00 to 18:15. Exceptionally, classes may be scheduled in the evenings or on Saturdays.
- Multicultural teaching team trained in North American and European elite universities with years of working experience with or within the MSAR government and governmental agencies abroad;
- Multidisciplinary learning curricula that cross the boundaries of nation-states, and confronts theory with practice;
- Opportunity of internship in governmental, media-related and non-governmental organizations.
Within the Faculty of Leadership and Administration, the programs in Government Studies form aspiring and incumbent managers (at Bachelor and Master levels) and leaders (at the master and PhD levels) of the public and not-for-profit sectors. USJ’s historical background and curriculum emphasis on language training in English, Mandarin-Chinese and Portuguese, are undeniably strong assets in preparing local and international students to serve the MSAR public administration, as well as overseas public entities and international bodies.
For those looking at a career in the region, USJ’s Bachelor and Master programs in Government Studies prepare its students to comprehend public administration, its issues and challenges, training them to develop sound and effective public policies. Our internship program combined with the training to the MSAR civil service examinations ensure our students’ preparedness for a rewarding career in the MSAR public service.
For those compelled to work for national governments overseas or international organizations, USJ’s international faculty and extended global network constitute the perfect training ground, especially for those considering a career related to the growing strategic partnership between China and the Portuguese speaking countries.
Prof. Émilie Tran
Upon completion of the Licentiate in Government Studies, our graduates mostly consider a career in the following entities:
- Macao SAR government;
- National government agencies;
- Intergovernmental organizations;
- Non-governmental and media-related organizations.
Students must complete all the following modules
Please click on any specific module to see its description.