The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organisations, enabling them to acquire skills essential to the leadership and management of public organisations. The program integrates theory and practice and 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 multitude of electives so that you can design a degree program that best suits your career and education goals.
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
Law and regulation
Public sector finance
Economic policy and management
Environment and agriculture
International governance and policy
POGO8001 International Dimensions of Public Administration
POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World
POGO8044 Global Social Policy
POGO8115 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime
POGO8213 The Global Trading System
EMDV8079 International Water Politics
Duration: 1-2 year full time (subject to eligibility)
- A bachelor’s degree or international equivalent, with work experience in a public sector or related environment;
- Applicants with a bachelor’s degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit;
- and applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
If you have prior study in one of the following cognate disciplines, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree:
Economic Policy, Economics, Law, International Politics, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Project Management, Sociology
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Scholarships and support
Scholarship opportunities are available for national and international students.
Costs associated with your study at ANU will depend on a number of things, including your study program and whether you’re a national or international student.