Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration


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Enhance your leadership and management capabilities with a degree in public administration from ANU Crawford School of Public Policy.

  • Degree designed for future leaders and managers of public organisation in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors
  • Complete in one to two years full time, depending on credit
  • 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 management that can be applied within and across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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

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Degree structure

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The MPA degree offers a set of core compulsory courses combined with a range of electives so that you can design a degree program that best suits your career and educational goals.

Courses can be combined based on your professional focus. Below are sample models for each professional focus:

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 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime
POGO8213 The Global Trading System
EMDV8079 International Water Politics


1-2 years full time depending on credit

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree or international equivalent with minimum GPA 5/7, 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;
  • 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 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

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Björn Dressel

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Carolyn Hendriks

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