Master of Public Administration

Duration: 1-2 year full time (subject to eligibility)

Admission requirements

*A Bachelor degree or international equivalent, with work experience in a public sector or related environment.

*Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

*Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

The Master of Public Administration degree is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organisations responsible for pursuing the public interest. It integrates theory and practice in enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills essential to the management and leadership of public organisations. It will provide you with a deep understanding of the complexities and challenges of organising public action within and across the state, market and civil society.

The compulsory and elective subjects explore contemporary public issues and dilemmas locally, regionally and globally. The emphasis is on key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration, management and governance, as clustered in terms of people and finance, law and regulation, policy systems, and international governance. The aim throughout is to foster debate and provide comparative insights in addressing the dynamics of continuity and change in government and governance.

For further information about the program or admission requirements please contact the program director:

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Program Director: Carsten Daugbjerg

Carsten Daugbjerg is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Aarhus University, Denmark. Previously he has held academic appointments at Aarhus University and University of Copenhagen. From 2009 to 2011 he was a visiting fellow in the Research School of Social Sciences, the ANU. His field of research is comparative public policy, specialising in agricultural policy reform, trade negotiations in the WTO, public and private food standards in global trade, government interest group relations and environmental policy.

He has published widely on these issues in leading international journals, has had four books published, including Ideas, Institutions and Trade: The WTO and the Curious Role of EU Farm Policy in Trade Liberalization (Oxford University Press, 2009), and has contributed with chapters to numerous edited books. A substantial part of this research applies an inter-disciplinary approach.

He is a former Major in the Danish Royal Life Guards Regiment and served actively as a reserve officer in the Danish Army for seventeen years in parallel to his academic career. Until taking up his post at the ANU in 2013 he was also a part-time farmer in Denmark, producing organic beef and wheat.

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