Master of Public Policy


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Design and deliver better public policy.
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a new graduate degree that brings together interactive and case-based teaching to prepare you for policy-making roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Why choose the MPP?
At Crawford School, our lecturers are leading international researchers and teachers in their fields of public policy.

You will benefit from their expertise across comparative public policy, policy reform, and national and international governance, as well as specialist areas such as social policy, energy, environment, food, health and biofuels.

By choosing the MPP, you will develop high-quality policy analysis skills from teaching approaches that combine theory and practice. In design, advocacy and evaluation, you will build exceptional political and program management capabilities.

Is the MPP for me?
The MPP is an early-career degree designed to strengthen your interest and knowledge in public policy, following completion of an undergraduate degree and/or during the early years of a professional policy career.

There is no work experience requirement for entry.

You will gain a solid foundation in understanding policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research, which you can apply in your current role, use to upskill for a higher position, or transition into a new career in policy-making.

Real-life skills, real-world experiences
Through interactive and case-based teaching, you will learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will allow you to reflect on the challenges of governing in a dynamic, interconnected, global and increasingly digital world. You will be equipped with important skills for analysing and researching public policy, and communicating persuasively on policy-relevant matters.

Crawford School offers you the flexibility to select either a general MPP or to specialise in one or more of the following areas:

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The Master of Public Policy (MPP) may be completed in 1-2 years depending on credit. The degree structure allows you to complete either the MPP or MPP with a specialisation so that you can select a degree program to best suit your career and educational goals.


1-2 year/s full time depending on credit

Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with minimum GPA 5/7. (For commencement of the MPP as of 1 January 2018, work experience is no longer required).

  • 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.

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; Policy Studies; Political Economy; Political Sciences; and Sociology

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Sharon Bessell

Professor, Policy and Governance; Director of Gender Equity and Diversity

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Chunlai Chen

Associate Professor, Policy and Governance Program

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Carsten Daugbjerg

Professor, Director, Policy and Governance

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Björn Dressel

Senior Lecturer, Policy and Governance Program, PhD Convenor

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Carolyn Hendriks

Associate Professor, Public Policy and Governance

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Ben Hillman

Associate Professor, Crawford School

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Adrian Kay

Director, National Professional Development

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Andrew Kennedy

Senior Lecturer, Policy and Governance Program

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Amanda Smullen

Senior Lecturer, Policy and Governance

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Miranda Stewart

Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute

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Helen Sullivan

Director, Crawford School of Public Policy

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Ariane Utomo

Research Fellow

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Peter Whiteford


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Fiona Yap

Associate Professor

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