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Executive Master of Public Administration

A single 1.5 year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MEMPA
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MEMPA

Program Requirements

The Executive Master of Public Administration requires the completion of 72 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8063 Designing Public Policies and Programs

POGO8064 Government in a Market Economy

POGO8065 Decision Making Under Uncertainty

POGO8066 Governing By the Rules

POGO8067 Leading Public Sector Change

POGO8123 Delivering Public Value

POGO8300 Managing in Public Sector Organisations

12 units from completion of POGO8068 Work-based Project

12 units from completion of subjects from the Graduate School of Government list as provided by ANZSOG.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with at least five years’ relevant work experience.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Please note that you may be eligible for credit for admission for formal, informal and nonformal (which includes work experience) learning. Applications for credit for admission will be assessed by the Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and the ANU Program Director and will consider the equivalence of extensive appropriate practical, professional or scholarly experience.

Admission requires acceptance as a candidate by both ANU and ANZSOG.

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Area Studies, Asian Studies, Criminology, Economic Policy, Economics, Environmental Studies, History, International Business, International Relations, Legal Studies, Policy Studies, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is designed to assist future leaders develop the management and policy skills needed in today’s public sector.

Developed in consultation with public sector CEOs across Australia and New Zealand, the EMPA aims to produce world-class public sector managers. The program offers high-potential and aspiring leaders a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration. The program brings together a select group of the best emerging public sector leaders from Australia and New Zealand with outstanding teachers and practitioners from around the world.

The EMPA is a multi-disciplinary, multi-modal degree of 11 subjects, with the core subjects taught by ANZSOG and the electives offered by the participating universities. Students will be high potential public servants nominated and funded by participating governments subject to university selection processes. They will enrol in and receive the degree from the ANU.

Note: Students are nominated and funded by participating governments. Direct applications to ANU into this award are not accepted.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. have a broad view of management, service delivery and policy analysis across the spectrum of public sector activities
  2. have a critical understanding of the central concepts relating to public administration, public management and public policy
  3. be able to undertake critical analysis and engage in informed debate of public sector issues
  4. demonstrate knowledge of research principles and both qualitative and quantitative methodologies relevant to the field of public policy
  5. identify and apply appropriate research methods to public policy challenges
  6. analyse, synthesise and communicate complex political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives
  7. develop innovative policy recommendations to complex problems in changing policy environments
  8. be able to improve service delivery and policy outcomes across the public sector
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