Master of Public Administration (Policy)
Position yourself for leadership in public policy.
Engage with contemporary trends and developments in public policy and the process of policy making. Gain a broad overview of issues in public administration and management. Explore strategic change management processes.
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Flinders University is a globally-focused, locally-engaged institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. We offer world‐class education that develops the critical and creative thinking skills to support a student’s success. Our courses offered through OUA span business, education and law. They are designed with flexibility in mind, while delivering the advanced qualifications to take careers to the next step.
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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.
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.
Applicants must normally:
- hold a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification, or;
- hold the Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management or the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy or the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from Flinders University or equivalent qualification and must have achieved a Flinders equivalent grade point average of 4.50 or above in this postgraduate study.
English Proficiency Requirements
Flinders University conducts an English Language proficiency check on applications submitted for consideration to its courses.
This will be met in a number of ways, including if the applicants:
- first language is English (i.e. citizenship is held for a country where English is the official language)
- completed secondary schooling in Australia
- completed prior study in English (e.g. a Certificate IV or higher from a recognised Australian training institution)
- completed one semester of full-time equivalent tertiary study at a higher education institution
- completed a recognised Foundation Studies or bridging program
- performance in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) meets the University's admissions requirements
- registered with an Australian professional registration body relevant to the applicant's proposed course (e.g. applicant holds current registration as a Registered Nurse, General Practitioner, Teacher, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and such in Australia)
- achieved a score within an international English language proficiency test such as IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or Cambridge CAE that meets the minimum proficiency for the university
- completed an approved English language course from a registered English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Provider
In some instances, applicants may be asked to provide evidence they meet the requirements if the information required is not available in their application.
Credit transfer may be granted, on application, for prior study completed in a relevant honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master 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 www.flinders.edu.au/credit
If you are a current or aspiring public sector manager or policy maker, the postgraduate program in public administration provides opportunities for you to enhance your understanding, knowledge and skills in this area. It includes courses at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters level.
The program is offered by the College of Business, Government and Law, and postgraduate courses in public administration have been taught at Flinders University since 1986. The program is designed with the needs of current and future public-sector employees in mind and is reviewed regularly.
It is 2 years in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.
Recommended Study Pattern
Students complete eight core (compulsory) subjects, a capstone subject and up to six subjects chosen from a range of elective subjects available. These subjects aim to provide students with the opportunity to develop critical awareness, skills and knowledge in public administration, management and decision-making for candidates wishing to build careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
As a guide, full-time students generally undertake four subjects per semester and part-time students undertake two subjects per semester.
To complete the requirements of the Master of Public Administration (Policy), students must successfully complete eight core (compulsory) subjects, a capstone subject and up to six subjects chosen from a range of elective subjects available.