single degree

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 MPAD
  • Post Nominal MPubAdmin
  • CRICOS code 102923H
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MPAD
  • Post Nominal MPubAdmin
  • CRICOS code 102923H
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Public Administration requires completion of 72 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

30 Units from completion of the following compulsory courses::

POGO8137 Public Administration: Legal and Organisational Foundations

POGO8062 Public Sector Management

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8096 Policy Research

A minimum of 18 units from completion of applied master classes from the following list:

POGO8231 Leading in Public Administration

POGO8236 Strategic Policy Development Fundamentals

POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers

POGO8240 Evidence Based Thinking (EBT): Decision Making and Policy Development

POGO8233 Policy Tools & Mixes

POGO8234 Unpacking Policy Capacity

POGO8235 Engaging China: Working with Policy in the PRC

POGO8230 Gender Analysis in Public Policy

POGO8237 Budgeting for Outcomes: Purposes, Programs and Performance

POGO8238 Fundamentals of Intergovernmental Management

POGO8239 Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Policy

NSPO8041 Borders, Migration and Security

NSPO8044 Energy Security 

NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security

A minimum of 6 units from completion of applied project courses from the following list:

POGO8140 Practice-Based Project

CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

CRWF7002 Policy Field School

POGO8035 Research Project

A minimum of 12 units from completion of public admin courses from the following list:

POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy

POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy

POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-Corruption

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy

POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

IDEC8025 Empirical Public Finance

POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy

POLS8046 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

POLS8040 Comparative Federalism

EMDV8018 Resources, environment and politics in Australia

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

EMDV8007 Communicating for Environment and Climate Policy

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Methods

NSPO8028 History for Policymakers

MGMT8003 Organisational Behaviour

MGMT8022 Strategic Management 

MGMT7250 Evidence-Based Management

MGMT7171 Strategic Human Resource Management

SOCR8202 Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate policy

STAT7017 Big Data Statistics

STAT7026 Graphical Data Analysis

REGN8052 Regulation and Governance

LAWS8229 International Law of World Trade

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.

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or

·        Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or

·        48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or

·        Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.

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.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission  

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, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units

Cognate Disciplines

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

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please 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.

Crawford School's Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to equip public sector professionals with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an environment increasingly characterized by complexity, digital transformation, politicization; and the “hollowing -out” of analytical capacity and historical knowledge. The MPA curriculum is built around three integrated components:

1.      Professional Core: a professional ‘core’ of knowledge broadly recognized as essential to the institutional role of public sector managers

2.      Masterclasses: a curated range of courses providing access to emerging and/or specialized concepts and techniques relevant to contemporary professional practice

3.      Professional Experience: a capstone ‘work integrated learning’ experience that allows students to select a combination of organizational internship, research and elective coursework to suit their interests and professional development needs.

The MPA program consists of 72 units of credit, equivalent to one-and-a-half years full time study.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from Summer Session, 2021

Employment Opportunities

Australian Commonwealth and state governments


Advocacy organizations

International agencies

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand policy tools and capabilities and how they can be applied in an increasingly complex professional environment

  2. Develop and apply new skills in ethical leadership, communication, teamwork, and self-management

  3. Develop and apply rigorous analytical skills for organisational learning, evidence-based decision-making in response to the complexities and challenges of public administration, management and governance

  4. Engage in contemporary debates about public value, public administration, public sector management and governance in Australia and globally

  5. Develop and apply informed perspectives on politics, economics, law, organisations and regulation in the analysis of public sector problems

Further Information

Applicants submitting to the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program should contact for application information. DO NOT apply through the online portal.

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