The Master of Public Administration (Policy) is a 72-unit program which is part of the Graduate Program in Public Administration offered by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences.
The course is available on campus or by online study and students may move between mode of study on a topic by topic basis. It requires two years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time).
The Master of Public Administration (Policy) is normally available to applicants who hold an approved degree or an equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
Credit may be granted towards completion of the degree for relevant prior study.
Up to 18 units credit may be granted to applicants who have completed the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management or the 18-unit Graduate Certificate in Public Policy or an approved equivalent. Students who have completed one of the graduate certificates or an approved equivalent but not an undergraduate degree must have achieved an acceptable GPA.
Up to 36 units credit may be granted to applicants who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, or an approved equivalent with an acceptable GPA. Approved equivalents include an honours degree of the University in a field acceptable to the Board.
The Master of Public Administration (Policy) aims to provide 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.
Graduates with a Master of Public Administration (Policy) will be able to:
- have an integrated and advanced understanding of a complex body of knowledge in the field of public policy and understand contemporary trends and developments in public policy and the process of policy making
- acquire the ability to analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in the field of public policy
- research and apply established theories to a body of knowledge or practice and demonstrate skills in policy analysis
- interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audience and engage in informed debates on policy issues and their impacts.
International English language pathway
Students who are admitted to the course under the International English language pathway are required to enrol in one or both of the following English tuition topics based on their IELTS’ entrance score.
English tuition topics
To be eligible to complete the requirements of the course, students must complete the required English tuition topics.
Except with the permission of the Director of Studies, enrolment in the English tuition topics must be undertaken concurrently in the first semester of study with core topics POAD8014 Public Policy and POAD8022 Public Management.
To qualify for the Master of Public Administration (Policy) a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to the following program of study:
36 units comprising:
POAD8007 Policy Analysis: Frameworks, Approaches and Values (4.5 units)
POAD8014 Public Policy (4.5 units)
POAD8017 Contemporary Public Policy: Theoretical Perspectives (4.5 units)
POAD8022 Public Management (4.5 units)
POAD8137 Ethics in Public Administration (4.5 units)
POAD8138 Governance and Public Policy (4.5 units)
Plus two topics selected from:
Students must complete 36 units of Option topics, selected as follows:
Students must complete one of the following three capstone topics:
Plus at least 18 units selected from Group A topics:
POAD9015 Economics and Public Policy (4.5 units)
POAD9030 Indigenous Issues in Public Policy (4.5 units)
POAD9119 Regionalism, Decentralisation and Governance (4.5 units)
POAD9129 Environmental Policy and Governance (4.5 units)
POAD9133 Critical Systems Thinking and Practice (4.5 units)
POAD9136 Culture and Public Policy (4.5 units)
POLI9004 The Politics of Climate Change (4.5 units)
Plus at least 4.5 units selected from Group B below to make a total of 36 units of Option topics:
EDUC8601 Strategic Thinking and Planning (4.5 units)
EDUC9605 Knowledge Management for Organisational Learning (4.5 units)
POAD8130 Toolkit for Public Management (4.5 units)
POAD9026 Management in Non-Government Organisations (4.5 units)
POAD9028 Evaluation Methods (4.5 units)
POAD9034 Risk Management - Principles and Practice (4.5 units)
POAD9037 Public Financial Management (4.5 units)
POAD9045 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods (4.5 units)
POAD9058 Research Design (4.5 units)
POAD9118 Managing Human Resources in the Public Sector (4.5 units)
POAD9131 Development Administration (4.5 units)
POAD9135 Project Governance (4.5 units)
POAD8139 Organisational Politics, Culture and Management (4.5 units)
POAD8142 Leading and Managing Change (4.5 units)
A maximum of one topic from any other post-graduate program within the University may be taken with the approval of the Director of Studies.