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Master of Public Administration

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MPUAD
  • CRICOS code 082345G
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MPUAD
  • CRICOS code 082345G

Program Requirements

The Master of Public Administration requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

CRWF6900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy

POGO6900 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis

48 units from completion of the following initial component:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POGO8012 Governance and Institutions

POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking 1

POGO8019 The Economic Way of Thinking 2

POGO8024 Social Policy, Society and Change

POGO8062 Public Sector Management

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes

POGO8090 Making and Evaluating Policy

POGO8117 Program Management

48 units from completion of the following concluding component:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change

POGO8032 Comparative Public Sector Management

POGO8096 Research Methods

POGO8111 Leadership and Organisational Analysis

A minimum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

EMDV8079 Water Conflicts

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic climate change policy and economics

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

IDEC8088 Applied Economics: Cost-Benefit Analysis

LAWS8034 Law and Regulation

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World

POGO8037 Writing Public Policy

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8055 Case Studies in Decision Making

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting

POGO8081 Economics for Government

POGO8082 Political Institutions and Policy Processes

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8101 Policy Process and Analysis

POGO8115 International Negotiations

POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8009 Development in Practice

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance

EURO8003 The European Union: Regional Integration in Comparative Perspective.

IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy

LAWS8123 Water Resources Law

LAWS8180 International Climate Law

LAWS8189 Fundamentals of Environmental Law

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy

POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis

POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)

POGO8049 Introduction to Planning and Policy

POGO8050 Empirical Political Analysis 2: Political Economy

POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy

POGO8085 Implementing Social Policy

POGO8088 New models for governance: strategy, innovation, decentralisation

POGO8095 Development Policy and Practice

POGO8102 Selected Themes in Public Policy

POPH8103 Introduction to Health Policy and Administration

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent, with work experience in the public sector or related environment.

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

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

Students must complete the pre-sessional component to continue to the initial component.

Students must achieve a minimum 65% weighted average mark in the initial component to continue to the concluding component.

Students who do not achieve a minimum 65% mark in the initial component will be transferred to the Graduate Diploma of Public Policy


Cognate disciplines

Economic Policy, Economics, Law, International Politics, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Project Management, Sociology



Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students


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 Master of Public Administration program is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organisations responsible for pursuing the public interest. It integrates theory and practice in enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills essential to the management and leadership of public organisations. It does this through various analytical lens that structure, guide and inform an assessment of the complexities and challenges of organising public action within and across the state, market and civil society.

The compulsory and core subjects explore contemporary public issues and dilemmas locally, regionally and globally. The emphasis is on key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration, management and governance, which can be clustered as government institutions and processes, law and regulation, public sector finance, economic policy and management, environment and agriculture, and international governance and policy. The aim throughout is to foster debate and provide comparative insights in addressing the dynamics of continuity and change in government and governance.

The MPA is a professional degree which is aimed at early career individuals. This ensures an educational experience in which current work experience can be used to bring life to issues in policy, administration, management and governance.

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 be able to:

  1. Demonstrate considerable knowledge of historical, comparative and theoretical perspectives on public administration, management and governance;
  2. Demonstrate considerable knowledge of key debates and thinking in public administration, management and governance in Australia and globally;
  3. Demonstrate considerable knowledge of research principles and methods relevant to public administration, management and governance;
  4. Apply theories, concepts and research methods in investigating and analysing the complexities and challenges of public administration, management and governance; and
  5. Apply knowledge and skills in self-management, communication and teamwork activity in responding to the complexities and challenges of public administration, management and governance.
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