Degree details

This 100% online degree is taught by Queensland's leaders and government and international relations. It provides the necessary breadth and depth of public management skills, to advance within the public sector and in the increasingly important area of the private-public sector interface.

Our team of experts will teach you to think differently and give you the professional skills necessary to survive and thrive in a dynamic and complex operating environment.

If you are a technical specialist ar a current public sector professional, you will build on your knowledge and skills to gain a competitive advantage to take the step up into leadership or other, more senior roles, and advance your career.

A public administration qualification is globally recognised and this degree is designed to be flexible, to allow you to pace your study around your busy professional and personal schedules.

Master of Public Administration graduates can be found in a wide variety of occupations including political and policy advisers, public servants and public managers throughout federal, state and local government, as well as policy specialists in a variety of non-government organisations. These include industry organisations and lobby groups both nationally and internationally, consultants to the private sector, and in high profile positions in large private sector firms who conduct large amounts of valuable business with the public sector.

Higher education

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Public Administration, a student must:

  • hold a related Bachelor degree (or higher) from a recognised University (or another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum GPA of 4.5 (using a 7.0 scale), OR
  • hold a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 4.5 (using a 7.0 scale). Students with a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis will receive 40 credit points of advanced standing, OR
  • hold a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Integrity and Anti-Corruption (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 4.5 (using a 7.0 scale). Students with a Griffith Graduate Certificate in Integrity and Anti-Corruption will receive 40 credit points of advanced standing, OR
  • have a combination of alternative admission criteria such as formal, informal and non-formal learning deemed to be equivalent to one of the above.

English Proficiency Requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this program are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR a minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 79 (no sub-score less than 19)
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR an overall score of 58 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic) with no score less than 50.

English test results must be no more than two years old.

Students who successfully complete the Direct Entry Program (DEP) will satisfy the English Language requirements for this Griffith degree.

Applicants should refer to the English language requirements section of the following University policy for exceptions to these overall requirements:

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Award Requirements

To be eligible for the award of Master of Public Administration (MPA), a student must acquire 120 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 80 credit points for core courses and
  • gain 40 credit points for listed electives or the dissertation pathway.

To be eligible for the award of Master of Public Administration (MPA), a student admitted with 40 credit points of advanced standing must acquire 80 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 40 credit points for core courses and
  • gain 40 credit points for listed electives or the dissertation pathway.

This degree/s may be awarded with Distinction where a student achieves a minimum program GPA of 6.5 with no failed courses. The words 'This award was achieved with Distinction' will be recorded on the testamur and will appear below the conferral date of the award.