The Master of Public Policy degree offers a public policy education of the highest international standards to help you develop further as a leader in a variety of public sector roles, including public services, third sector organisations or government affairs positions in the private sector.
The Master of Public Policy’s scope includes providing you with an introduction to the latest disciplinary policy debates in the social sciences and introducing you to analytical frameworks enabling you to analyse and understand the specific policy and administrative context within which policy is developed, implemented, evaluated and changed.
Teaching is based on a mixture of theory and practice to build the analytical tools and knowledge necessary for high quality policy analysis, including design, advocacy, and evaluation as well as building political and program management capabilities.
For further information about the program or admission requirements please contact the Program Director, Professor Peter Whiteford: email@example.com or the Program Coordinator, Ms Shuqun Zhao: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Master of Public Policy 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 MPP’ (download from bottom of this page) to give you sample structures for your 1- or 2-year MPP program and MPP with specialisations. 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.
For a 2-year MPP program, students must achieve a minimum 65 per cent weighted average mark in the initial component to continue to the concluding component.
1-2 year/s full time (subject to eligibility)
*A Bachelor degree or international equivalent, with at least three years 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.
*Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.
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, Policy Studies, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Sociology
Master of Public Policy in Development Policy
The Master of Public Policy specialising in Development Policy is designed for students who are professionally engaged in development agencies in government and other development-related organisations working with government, or students who are interested in development studies. The degree provides students with a range of topics including theories and debates in development and introduces advanced policy analysis skills so that the students may develop in-depth understanding and critical skills for analysing policies. The courses cover a range of topics such as development policies and economics, poverty reduction, social policy, political institu-tions and conflicts, and climate and environmental changes.
The Master of Public Policy in Development Policy may be completed in 1-2 years depending on credit. Students must achieve a minimum 65 per cent weighted average mark in the initial component to continue to the concluding component.
Master of Public Policy in Economic Policy
The Master of Public Policy in Economic Policy provides courses in the broad area of economic policy-making, interrogating the relationships between economic analy-sis and democratic processes in contemporary policy-making. The main theme running through the economic policy courses is how to improve government and the conduct of public policy in the light of an understanding of the way the economy works. Although some economics background is useful, courses are typically offered in non-technical economic ideas and analysis, business-government relations in the international economy, and applied policy areas such as trade, development, envi-ronment and the economic dimensions of social policy.
The Master of Public Policy in Economic Policy may be completed in 1-2 years depending on credit. Students must achieve a minimum 65 per cent weighted average mark in the initial component to continue to the concluding component.
Master of Public Policy in International Policy
This program provides specific knowledge and awareness of key international policy issues and how they affect domestic policy making. It reflects that international and domestic policy processes are increasingly intertwined. It is designed for students who are professionally engaged in policy making and administration with an international dimension or who take an interest in international policy. A wide variety of international policy issues such as national security, trade, aid and development, global environmental regulation, and issues related to processes of economic and political globalisation are covered by the international policy courses.
The Master of Public Policy in International Policy may be completed in 1-2 years depending on credit. Students must achieve a minimum 65 per cent weighted average mark in the initial component to continue to the concluding component.
Master of Public Policy in Policy Analysis
This program provides knowledge and professional skills for those who wish to broaden and deepen their general skills in policy analysis applied in policy development. The focus of the policy analysis courses is how to improve the design of public policies to facilitate the achievement of policy objectives and how to take the political and administrative nature of the policy problem and target population into consideration when designing public policy. Policy evaluation, cost/benefit analysis, policy advocacy and evidence-based policy making are some of key issues addressed.
The Master of Public Policy in Policy Analysis may be completed in 1-2 years depending on credit. Students must achieve a minimum 65 per cent weighted average mark in the initial component to continue to the concluding component.
Master of Public Policy in Social Policy
This program offers opportunities for advanced investigation of the analytical skills, public policies and organisational practices appropriate for advising on social policy and managing program outcomes. Courses in the Social Policy list are ideal for government and non-government sector officials working in social policy development and implementation. These courses explore a wide range of issues relevant to social policy development and implementation, such as the parameters of social policy; how social policy intersects with other aspects of government policy; and debates about welfare, distribution and social justice, in Australia and internationally.
The Master of Public Policy in Social Policy may be completed in 1-2 years depending on credit. Students must achieve a minimum 65 per cent weighted average mark in the initial component to continue to the concluding component.
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