Courses Offered by the Graduate School of Government

Since October 2003, the Graduate School of Government (GSG) has progressively offered a range of unique Sydney programs and courses specially tailored to meet the needs of the NSW Government.

The centrepiece of the school's courses is the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration GDPA (incorporating the Graduate Certificate in Public Administration) which commenced with the first intake of students in 2004. This course, developed in conjunction with the NSW government:

  • meets the government's particular education and training requirements;
  • is aimed at potential and existing Senior Executives, those from within the Senior Officers range and personnel at the top end of the Government's graded structure;
  • involves a number of value-adding products; and
  • provides the opportunity for progression into the Master of Public Administration.

The NSW Government has committed the provision of 43 places to the GDPA. Since 2009, five places are made available to employees from the Non Government Organisation sector.

All of the GSG's academic programs and courses are developed through Sydney University's rigorous quality assurance processes, culminating in their approval by the University's Graduate Studies Committee, Academic Board and ultimately the Senate.

Graduates of the GDPA program are invited to progress through to the Master of Public Administration, allowing for further opportunity for research, with the Reasearch Project or to develop an area of specialistation based on their elective study.

GSG at the Univeristy of Sydney in conjunction with the University of New South Wales administers the Australian and New Zealand School of Government's (ANZSOG) Executive Master of Public Administration. This two year program offers courses in public administration to students at the Senior Executive level of the public sector.

GSG also provides short term Executive Programs for politicians and public sector employees from Australian and international governments.