The Master of Public Administration program is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organizations 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 organizations. It does this through a various analytical lens that structure, guide and inform an assessment of the complexities and challenges of organizing 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.

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 analyzing 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.

Cognate disciplines

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

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.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 and 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 with 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


Domestic Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for domestic students: $30,096.00

International Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students: $42,960.00


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 categorized by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

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, decentralization
  • 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
Program taught in:
  • English

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