Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration


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Study on campus or online in 2022

In 2022, all courses offered by the Crawford School will be available for either online or on campus study. Online students are expected to attend live online sessions at a particular time each week for their courses. Crawford online courses are not ‘study at your own pace’.


Real-time interaction, discussion and debate between students and with convenors is a central part of the learning experience. Attendance at interactive classes is important for both on campus and online students.

Enhance your government leadership and program management capabilities with a Masters degree in public administration. Complete your ANU postgraduate qualification in 1.5 years.

  • Degree designed for future leaders and managers of public organisation in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors
  • 1.5 year Masters degree with up to .5 year (24 units) credit available
  • Understand the complexities and challenges of facilitating public action
  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration

This degree is an effective way to jumpstart your leadership and management career in public administration. Taught by internationally-renowned researchers and teachers, you will learn essential skills in program implementation and public sector management that can be applied within and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Complete your postgraduate study in just 1.5 years with the Master of Public Administration.

With a focus on key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration, management and governance – clustered in terms of people and finance, law and regulation, policy systems, and international governance – you will develop an in-depth understanding of the complexities of organising public action.

By integrating theory and practice, you will gain high-level skills that are flexible and transferable from one agency/ministry to another. As a graduate, you will be valued for your ability to foster debate and provide comparative insights to address the dynamics of continuity and change in government and governance.

Related disciplines

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

Application Deadlines

Please note application deadlines are different for domestic or international students.

Domestic students

This program is with pre-sessional component for domestic students.

Apply by 15 December 2022 for Semester 1 2023 and by 31 May 2023 for Semester 2 2023.

International students

Find ANU’s general application and acceptance deadlines by visiting the timetable linked here.

Key application dates

• Semester 1 2023 intake:

Final closing date: 15 October 2022
Final acceptance date: 1 December 2022

Pre-sessional program (PSP) start date: mid January 2023

• Semester 2 2023 intake:

Final closing date: 15 March 2023
Final acceptance date: 1 June 2023*

Pre-sessional program (PSP) start date: mid June 2023

*Some students may need to accept well before this date to allow for visa processing times in their country.

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Your MPA studies will be built around 3 integrated components to ensure a comprehensive learning experience.

You’ll complete a total of 72 units based on the following degree structure:

Professional core

A professional ‘core’ of knowledge broadly recognized as essential to the institutional role of public sector managers. Complete 30 units from these compulsory courses:

POGO8137 Public Administration: Legal and Organizational Foundations

POGO8062 Public Sector Management

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8096 Policy Research


A curated range of courses providing access to emerging and/or specialized concepts and techniques relevant to contemporary professional practice. Complete a minimum of 18 units from these masterclasses:

POGO8231 Leading in Public Administration

POGO8236 Strategic Policy Development Fundamentals

POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers

POGO8240 Evidence Based Thinking (EBT): Decision Making and Policy Development

POGO8233 Policy Tools & Mixes

POGO8234 Unpacking Policy Capacity

POGO8235 Engaging China: Working with Policy in the PRC

POGO8230 Gender Analysis in Public Policy

POGO8237 Budgeting for Outcomes: Purposes, Programs and Performance

POGO8238 Fundamentals of Intergovernmental Management

POGO8239 Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Policy

NSPO8041 Borders, Migration and Security

NSPO8044 Energy Security

NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security

Professional experience

A capstone ‘work integrated learning’ experience that allows students to select a combination of organizational internship, research and elective coursework to suit their interests and professional development needs. Complete a minimum of 6 units from these courses:

POGO8140 Practice-Based Project

CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

CRWF7002 Policy Field School

POGO8035 Research Project

Electives to suit your interests and career

Complete a minimum of 12 units from a range of public administration courses.


1.5 years full time depending on credit

Admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree or international equivalent with minimum GPA 5/7. Or, view alternative requirements by clicking the link here.


Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units credit (1 semester, 4 courses).

Cognate disciplines

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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Sharon Bessell

Professor, Policy and Governance; Director, Children’s Policy Centre; Director, Poverty and Inequality Research Centre

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Sara Bice

Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy

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Chunlai Chen

Professor, Policy and Governance Program

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Björn Dressel

Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy

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Carolyn Hendriks

Professor of Public Policy and Governance

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Ben Hillman

Associate Professor

Interim Director, Australian Centre on China in the World

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Andrew Kennedy

Associate Professor, Policy and Governance Program

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Amanda Smullen

Senior Lecturer, Policy and Governance

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Miranda Stewart

Honorary Professor, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

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Peter Whiteford


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Fiona Yap

Honorary Professor, Crawford School

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