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Master of Public Administration

A single two year graduate award 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 Masters of Public Administration requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy
POGO7901 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis

48 Units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POGO8137 Public Administration: Legal and Organisational Foundations
POGO8032 Comparative Public Sector Management
POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics
POGO8057 Managing Government Finances
POGO8081 Economics for Government
POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy
POGO8096 Policy Research
POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy

48 units from completion of courses from the following list:

POGO8213 The Global Trading System
POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance
POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy
POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk
POGO8115 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime
POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy
POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting
POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption
POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy
POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes
POGO8062 Public Sector Management
POGO8057 Managing Government Finances
POGO8055 Case Studies in Decision Making
POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future
POGO8044  Global Social Policy
POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)
POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World
POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis
POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics
POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking 1
POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy
POGO8004 Poverty Reduction
POGO8048 Public Finance
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
NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges
POPH8103 Introduction to Health Policy and Administration
SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

Courses other than those listed can be taken as electives with approval from the Program Director


Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0, and work experience in the public sector or related environment.

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

English Language Requirements

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

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.  Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.


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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.

This degree examines public organisations, their management and accountability, as well as the way they contribute to problem solving within the broader political and social context – both nationally and globally. It is a professional degree designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in public organisations in or outside of government.

Compulsory courses provide students with solid knowledge of contemporary and historical experiences of public administration, principles of organisational design, financial management and ethics, as well as research methods and evaluation.

The degree equips students to navigate public sector organisations and networks, provides critical, reflexive knowledge and skills to manage decision making processes, including how to be persuasive.

Case study teaching integrating both the theory and practice of public administration is prominent throughout the curriculum. Designed and taught by world class public administration scholars from the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy, this Master’s degree fosters well versed and ethical organisational leaders.

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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