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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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MPUAD
  • CRICOS code 082345G
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies

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:

POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8062 Public Sector Management

POGO8096 Policy Research

POGO8137 Public Administration: Legal and Organisational Foundations

POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy

POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy

A maximum of 48 units from completion of public admin 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

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis

POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World

POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8055 Case Studies in Decision Making

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption

POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting

POGO8081 Economics for Government

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy

POGO8115 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime

POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy

POPH8103 Introduction to Health Policy and Administration

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

A maximum of 6 units from the following experiential courses:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging digital disruption

CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.


Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.


Cognate Disciplines

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


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


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 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 for relevant work experience may be considered and will be determined in accordance with the University’s Credit Policy and Procedure

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2020

Learning Outcomes

  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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