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.

The GSG Leadership Development Assessment - The assessment program allows CEOs (and/or their nominees) to work cooperatively with their employee to enhance career opportunities, establish and progress ongoing development opportunities and better match key employees and their skills to priority agency tasks.

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 and Form

New applicants and GSG graduates

International applicants should apply through the International Office.

Local applicants and Graduate Diploma graduates wishing to apply for the Master of Public Administration should complete an online application through Sydney Student.

Continuing Students

Local students currently enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration program wishing to articulate to the Master of Public Administration should complete the online Postgraduate Coursework Upgrade form. Once completed it will be forward through to the GSG.

All enquiries regarding the Master of Public Administration can be made to the GSG office.

Phone: +61 2 9036 523
Fax: +61 2 9036 5183