Fast-track your career in policy

Policy-makers create strategic and operational policies that make life better — locally, nationally and internationally.

Give yourself the opportunity to get a high-level overview of the latest public sector developments and insights. You'll develop your abilities, broaden your perspective, deepen your understanding, challenge your thinking — and increase your employability.

You'll study at the School of Government, learning to help decision makers get the best outcomes in environmental, economic and social areas. Find out about the machinery of government and get the skills to design, evaluate and put in place strategic and operational policies that improve our lives.

Well connected

Victoria is the only New Zealand university that is connected to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)—so you know your qualification is of the highest standard.

Our lecturers are actively involved in the public sector, exchanging ideas on key policy and management issues. They're connected to decision makers from local, regional and national government, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn from those in the know.

We're also associated with important public and volunteer sector organisations like the Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ), the NZ Council of Social Services (NZCOSS) and Hui E! Community Aotearoa.

Master of Public Policy

  • Starts: 26 Feb 2018, 16 Jul 2018, 25 Feb 2019, 8 Jul 2019
  • Type: Coursework and some research
  • Location: On-campus (Pipitea, Wellington)
  • Complete: 180 points (11 courses)
  • Entry: Bachelor's degree and two years' work experience, or extensive work experience

International students, global insights

Be part of a school that attracts not only local professionals but a talented group of international students — many highly experienced employees of government organisations in their own countries. Take advantage of the diverse experience in public policy and public management these students take to the classroom — providing valuable insights and bringing the comparative perspective alive.


Skilled-policy makers are in demand both in and outside of government, due to their technical and creative skills and commitment to solving society's challenges.

You might find work in central, local or regional government, a Crown entity or a not-for-profit organisation, or a private consultancy or corporation active in policy-making and implementation processes.


You can look for scholarships based on your level of study, subject area and background.

Employer support

The capability boost you get from doing an MPP means your employer may be willing to pay some or all of your costs.

Program taught in:
  • English

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