Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration


Apply now

Further information

Program Coordinator

+61 2 6125 5536


+61 2 6125 4295

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:

Degree structure

Apply now

Further information

Program Coordinator

+61 2 6125 5536


+61 2 6125 4295

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

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

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

Admission requirements

  • 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.

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

See the full degree program structure and academic rules information.


Peter Whiteford's picture

Peter Whiteford


Contact details


Miranda Stewart on Q&A

Crawford expert talks tax on ABC.

Asia-Pacific opportunities

ANU signs Double Degree Agreement in Public Policy with University of Tokyo.

How to measure impact

We need to recognise there are few ‘eureka’ moments where research transforms policy.

Australia Day Honours for Stanton

Crawford professor recognised for distinguished career.

Beyond the bubble

How political leaders connect constructively to diverse publics.

ANU Open Day 2016

Learn all about what Crawford School has to offer.

Put yourself in the heart of US policy action

Apply for the Congressional Research Fellowship Program.

Inside a superpower

The Congressional Research Fellowship Program can take you to some amazing places.

Following the UK lead?

Experts tackle tax policy for large multinationals.

Research reveals skill deficiency

A lack of economic expertise is costing government.

Scholarships and fees

Apply now

Further information

Program Coordinator

+61 2 6125 5536


+61 2 6125 4295

Scholarships and support

Scholarship opportunities are available for national and international students.

Find our more about scholarships and support that may be available to you for postgraduate qualification at ANU.


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.

Find out more about costs and fees associated with studying at ANU.

Updated:  24 March 2017/Responsible Officer:  Crawford Engagement/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team