Master of Public Administration

General Information About the Course

The Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin) is offered by the Graduate School of Government (GSG) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The MPAdmin is designed for senior public servants of national, state, provincial and local governments and provides a practical educational experience to enhance existing skills.

The MPAdmin will give public administrators knowledge and skills enhancement in public administration that will allow graduates to transfer skills from one agency/ministry to another. It is a degree that is relevant to all senior public sector employees.

For those who have completed the Graduate Diploma program, the MPAdmin provides the opportunity for students of the GSG to move forward with their studies. Under the MPAdmin program students may want to expand or complement their work based project through further research; or explore their academic interests and develop their career by pursuing studies in their current or new area of specialised knowledge.

Course Structure

The Master of Public Administration consists of eight units of study, four of which are core units. The core units of the program include:

Delivery of these units will include a combination of face to face teaching, workshops, panel discussions with expert practitioners, real life case studies and significant student participation.

Students completing the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA) will complete the four core units, a GSOG6005 Work Based Project and one elective, before applying to articulate into the MPAdmin. These students will then be required to complete an additional 2 electives from a selected list.

International students enrolled in the Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin) International stream will have the opportunity to undertake an Internship Program (GSOG6006) as one of the units of study.

Eligible students are able to further extend their academic skills by completing the GSG Research Project (GSOG6007) as an elective in the Master of Public Administration.

Skill Development

The GSG Mentoring Program - Mentors are credible, experienced practitioners usually from the ranks of the public service, ex-ministers and the judiciary.

Developing Networks - Students at the GSG have the opportunity to form relationships and networks with their fellow students from a range of metropolitan and regional agencies and authorities.

Application Process

New applicants and returning GDPA graduates

International applicants, local students and Graduate Diploma graduates, can apply for the Master of Public Administration through the future students online portal.

International students should also check the International Office for information on how to apply, scholarships and what preparation is required for life at Sydney.

Documentation - to support an application

When submitting an application be sure to include the following documentation:

  • an original or certified copy of your academic transcript demonstrating the completion of undergraduate degree;
  • an original or certified copy of proof of your Australian or New Zealand citizenship or Australian Permanent Residency, such as your passport or a birth certificate;
  • documentation demonstrating any change of name, if relevant;
  • a brief CV outlining your work experience in the public sector, with particular attention to listing the duties and responsibilities of all positions held over the last 5 to 10 years;
  • a personal statement identifying why you have chosen to study the MPAdmin with reference to your personal and professional development goals.
  • returning GDPA graduates should note on their application that they have completed the GDPA.

Continuing Students

Local students currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration program wishing to articulate to the Master of Public Administration can complete an online request to upgrade to the through Sydney Student.

Upgrade requests must be completed before the end of the last semester of study of the GDPA. Students may request to upgrade earlier, provided that they have successfully completed four subjects of the GDPA.

To apply for an upgrade through Sydney Student. Go to ‘My studies’, ‘Course details’, and then select ‘Request course transfer’. You'll either be shown a list of allowable courses in Sydney Student.

Please ensure that you submit your application to upgrade before the end of the current semester.


All enquiries regarding the Master of Public Administration can be made to Dr Joanne Kelly.

Phone: +61 2 9351 2313
Fax: +61 2 9036 5183