Master of Public Administration
Enhance your government leadership skills
Designed for future leaders in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Understand the challenges of leading public action. Finish in 1.5 years.
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Australian National University is a world-leading university in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. With ties to the Australian Government, they have special standing as a resource for the Australian people. Their approach to education ensures graduates are in demand the world-over for their abilities to address complex contemporary challenges. Offering innovative online subjects from beginning to advanced levels through Open Universities Australia, they meet varied students’ needs and goals.
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Upon successful completion of the study, you should be able to:
- Understand policy tools and capabilities and how they can be applied in an increasingly complex professional environment;
- Develop and apply new skills in ethical leadership, communication, teamwork, and self-management;
- Develop and apply rigorous analytical skills for organisational learning, evidence-based decision-making in response to the complexities and challenges of public administration, management and governance;
- Engage in contemporary debates about public value, public administration, public sector management and governance in Australia and globally;
- Develop and apply informed perspectives on politics, economics, law, organisations and regulation in the analysis of public sector problems.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world. We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life. You will be in high demand in various management roles in public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis.
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
- 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must show English language proficiency by meeting ANU's English Language Requirements for admission to study this course.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units.
Crawford School's Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to equip public sector professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an environment increasingly characterised by complexity, digital transformation, politicization; and the 'hollowing -out' of analytical capacity and historical knowledge. The MPA curriculum is built around three integrated components:
1. Professional Core: a professional ‘core’ of knowledge broadly recognised as essential to the institutional role of public sector managers
2. Applied Management Courses: a curated range of 3 unit courses providing access to emerging and/or specialised concepts and techniques relevant to contemporary professional practice.
3. Professional Experience: a capstone ‘work integrated learning’ experience that allows students to select a combination of organizational internship, research and elective coursework to suit their interests and professional development needs.
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, subjects in this degree can include:
- Public Administration Foundations
- Public Sector Management
- Managing Government Finances
- Public Sector Ethics
- Policy Research
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
The 1.5-year degree of multi-modal requires the completion of 72 credit units.