Degree details

Graduates will be able to:

  1. understand contemporary trends and developments in public policy, public sector administration and management in both developed and developing countries;
  2. demonstrate the ability to apply relevant theories in explaining and analysing real world public policy, public sector administration and management problems.

Career objectives

Graduates are suitable for careers in management or administrative roles in the public service, local and national government or in private and non-government organisations.

Higher education

Applicants must normally hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification; or hold either the Graduate Certificate in Development Administration or hold the Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management or the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy or equivalent qualification and must have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 4.00 or above in this postgraduate study.

Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant Honours, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree; accredited professional development; or relevant work experience.

Applications for credit transfer are assessed on a case by case basis according to Flinders University policies. Students must be made an offer for entry into a degree before lodging their completed credit transfer application, along with all necessary documentation for formal assessment. More information is available at

This course is intended for applicants seeking or consolidating careers in public administration, public policy and the management of public and non-government organisations and provides a basis for continuing on to Masters level study in public administration and mid-career opportunities for practitioners to address major issues in greater depth and breadth.

It is 1 year in length on a full-time basis and can be undertaken part-time.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students complete four core (compulsory) topics and four option topics chosen from a range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide a broad overview of issues in public policy, management and administration and to provide a foundation for those wishing to pursue studies at the Masters level.

It is expected that POAD8014 Public Policy and POAD8022 Public Management will normally be completed before other topics are undertaken.

As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four topics per semester and part-time students undertake two topics per semester. 

Award Requirements

To complete the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management, students must successfully complete four core (compulsory) topics and four option topics chosen from a range of option topics available.

Applications are submitted directly to Flinders University through its online application system.