The DPPM was founded in 1957, which was initially called State Affairs Department. In 1964, the State Affairs Department changed its name into the State Administration Department (SAD). With a decree of General Director of Higher Education No. 221/DIKTI/Kep/1996, the name of SAD as one of the departments in Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, UGM, was formally codified. In 2010, the department changed its name again to the Department of Public Policy and Management (DPPM). In the age of more than half century now, the department has done a lot of dedication and services for the advancement of administration practice, government management, and development in Indonesia.
Along with the progressing of the knowledge, DPPM has not only limited the study in the government institutions and activities sector, but also various fields and issues related to public interest and problems. Therefore, about 3000 of its alumni occupy various positions not only in government agencies, both central and provincial and district / city, but also in private companies, research institutes and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
DMMP continues to develop itself and improves the performance to materialise its vision, namely 'Becoming an educational and research institute in the field of state administration to achieve a research university and good university governance in 2020'. Therefore the Department in addition to conducting education and training also conducts research in the field of public policy, public management , and development administration. A network of partnerships with domestic and foreign partners is also being built. Currently DMKP is supported by 23 staffs, consisting of 6 professors, 5 doctors, and 15 masters.
From State Administration to Public Policy and Management
The dynamics of the development of public administration disciplines reflect the search for state administrative scientists for the focus and loci of this never-ending discipline. As a container that became the shade of state administrative scientists at the University of Gadjah Mada, the Department of Science State Administration is inseparable from the dynamics. Since his birth at Gadjah Mada University in 1957, the dynamics of the lecturers of the State Administration Science department have been reflected in their research interests and currents of thought. The collection of speeches of six professors of the Department of State Administration of Science published by the Council of Professors of the University with the Department of State Administration of the University of Gadjah Mada (2007) clearly reflects how the views of science and thought of the professors of the Department of State Administration of Science substantially change from time to time time in an effort to respond and follow the development of the dynamics of state administration that occurs in the international currents.
Unfortunately, the dynamics of science that occurred for more than six decades has not been reflected from the container, namely the name of the Department of Science State Administration where the nota bene become a place of academic civitas Department shelter. In fact, the name of the Department of State Administration Science is not able to reflect the academic activities of the Department's citizens are very diverse as a consequence of the development dynamics of the State Administration Science. Therefore, for the scientific dynamics of the citizens of the Department of State Administration Sciences can be drawn completely from the container, the citizens of the Department of State Administration have agreed to propose the change of name of the Department, namely from the previous Department of State Administration Science to the Department of Management and Public Policy.