Degree details

Graduates will:

  • have an integrated and advanced understanding of concepts, theories, contemporary trends and developments in public policy, administration and management;
  • have the ability to reflect on and synthesise complex information and issues, and apply relevant theories to the analysis of problems and challenges in public administration, public policy and public management;
  • have developed appropriate critical research and evaluative skills, and the capacity to clearly articulate the implications of their findings for the theory and practice of public administration, public policy and/or public management.

Career objectives

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

Higher education

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.

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 degree is intended for applicants who are looking to develop their knowledge of current trends in public policy and policy analysis, public sector reform and governance, instruments and issues in public sector management, and the role of culture and context in public administration.

It is 15 months in length on a full-time basis and can also be undertaken part-time.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students complete ten core (compulsory) topics and five option topics chosen from a range of option topics available. These topics aim to provide students a comprehensive understanding of public administration, policy and management, and the development of qualitative and quantitative skills in policy analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation.

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 two topics per study period and part-time students undertake one topic per study period.  

Award Requirements

To complete the requirements of the Master of Public Policy and Management, students must successfully complete ten core (compulsory) topics and five option topics chosen from a range of option topics available. 

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