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. This course is only offered to students who have previously earned a Public Administration Certificate or Diploma with USYD. 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.

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 five 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.

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 GSG Administration.

Email: GSG Administration
Phone: +61 2 9351 2650
Fax: +61 2 9036 9380