A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Postgraduate (coursework)
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time | Part-time
Location: External (Online)


Course name: Graduate Diploma of Public Administration (Online pathway)
Duration (full-time equivalent): 8 months
SATAC code: 2GD084
CRICOS code: Not available to international students requiring a student visa

Course name: Master of Public Policy and Management
Duration (full-time equivalent): 15 months
SATAC code: 2CM235
CRICOS code: Not available to international students requiring a student visa


The Master of Public Policy and Management was specifically designed for online delivery. Students can study all topics that are part of this degree online, including the final project. The course is part of our Graduate Program in Public Administration (GPPA)

The GPPA is designed for the future leaders of government, non-government and private sector organisations within Australia, the region and across the world. It provides students with an understanding of an increasingly complex environment in which challenges cut across organisational, disciplinary, jurisdictional and geographic boundaries. The GPPA seeks to develop and hone the practical and critical thinking skills of students. It does this by providing a multi-disciplinary, critical and global perspective on issues, by using case studies drawn from different countries and by using such forms of interactive learning as classroom and online discussion, case studies, role plays and scenarios.

The curriculum comprises a mixture of core, option and capstone topics. Students must complete the eight core topics in the various MPA degrees and a capstone topic. The capstone topics involve undertaking a professional research project that involves a longer piece of independent research. Within the capstone topic students can explore issues that are of particular interest or importance to them. The option topics allow students to expand their knowledge and understanding of specific areas of public policy and public management.

The core curriculum includes topics on public policy, public management, policy analysis, governance, ethics in public administration, and research methods. Option topics include a range of specialist areas in public management and administration including financial, risk, human resource, non-government organisation and project management, program evaluation, and issues in a range of public policy areas including the environment.

This program provides a broad overview of issues in public administration and management and a strong foundation in understanding, knowledge and skills in the practice of public policy. It is particularly aimed at students who are looking to develop their knowledge of public administration, including current trends in public policy, public sector reform and governance, issues in public sector management, decentralisation, methods of policy evaluation, and the role of culture and context and public administration.

This course is available in a fully online study mode and is provided in an accelerated format. The course is not articulated in semesters. Instead, there are four study periods every year. The study periods begin and end in the following months:

  • January – March (Study Period 1)
  • April – June (Study Period 2)
  • July – September (Study Period 3)
  • September – December (Study Period 4)

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved bachelor degree or equivalent qualification.

Admission to candidature in The Graduate Certificates may also be granted based on prior work and voluntary experience. This will usually include at least five years of experience in a public sector or non-government organisation. Admission will be based on the extent to which work or voluntary experience has enabled the applicant to develop an understanding of issues in the public and non-government sectors, and policy and/or analytical skills. Applicants who wish to be admitted on this basis will need to provide to SATAC the following documentation (250 word maximum): a curriculum vitae; a description of their roles and activities in work or voluntary positions; a description of the skills and abilities demonstrated through their work/voluntary experience; and name(s) or referee(s) who could verify work/voluntary experience.

The University may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, consider others who can show that they demonstrate the experience, knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course. Please contact the University for further advice.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC
Application closing dates:

Intake 1 - early January

Intake 2 - late June

Check SATAC.

International students
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply
Application closing dates:

Intake 1 - early January

Intake 2 - late June



Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Graduate Diploma of Public Administration (Online pathway)

Place type: Full fee paying

2017: $17,121

 2017: $25,600
2018: $26,400
Master of Public Policy and Management

Place type: Full fee paying

2018: $18,576

Fee to be advised


  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.