Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration
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The Master of Public Administration degree is designed for careers in major public program management and delivery. It integrates theory and practice in enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills essential to the management and leadership of major public programs and projects. 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, Professor Peter Whiteford:

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The Master of Public Administration may be completed in 1-2 years depending on credit. The degree structure offers a set of ‘core’ compulsory courses combined with a series of electives so that you can design a degree program to best suit your career and education goals.

You can use the ‘Guide to structuring your MPA’ (download from bottom of this page) to give you sample structures for your 1- or 2-year MPP program. Our team of Progam Coordinators are available to assist you with specific enquiries relating to your own degree structure to ensure you get the most benefit for your career and professional development from your postgraduate qualification.

Courses can be combined based on your professional focus. Below are models for each professional focus (there are many more electives available than shown below.)

Government institutions and processes

POGO8082 Political Institutions and Policy Processes
POGO8055 Case Studies in Decision Making
POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
POGO8101 Policy Process and Analysis
POGO8037 Writing Public Policy

Law and regulation

LAWS8034 Law and Regulation
POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics
POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption
ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

Public sector finance

POGO8057 Managing Government Finance
POGO8048 Public Finance: Fiscal Policy, Globalisation and Development
POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting

Economic policy and management

POGO8081 Economics for Government
POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy
IDEC8088 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis

Environment and agriculture

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics
EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics
EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

International governance and policy

POGO8001 International Dimensions of Public Administration
POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World
POGO8044 Global Social Policy
POGO8115 International Negotiations: Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime
POGO8213 The Global Trading System
EMDV8079 International Water Politics

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.

Cognate disciplines

If you have prior study in one of the following cognate disciplines, you may be elligible for credit towards your degree:

Economic Policy, Economics, Law, International Politics, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Project Management, Sociology

See the full degree program structure and academic rules information.

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