POSTGRADUATE AWARD COURSE TRANSFERS (UPGRADE OR EXIT)

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (GCPA), the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) form an embedded sequence of postgraduate award courses in public administration offered through the Graduate School of Government.

Award courses in an embedded sequence allow a student to transfer (upgrade) from one award course to a higher award course or if a student chooses to discontinue their current study, allow them to exit with a lower award course.

This page provides specific information relating to GSG's public administration embedded sequence. Students should read this page in conjuction with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Student Administration Manuel (COURSEWORK).

Check the Graduate School of Government website for more information about the structure and requirements of the two higher award courses:
- Master of Public Administration (MPA), and
- Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA).

Course Transfer - Upgrades

Upgrades are permitted provided that the admission requirements of the higher award course have been met.

Upgrades permitted within the public administration embedded sequence are:

  • Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (GCPA) to the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA);
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (GCPA) to the Master of Public Administration (MPA);
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (GDPA) to the Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Note Students enrolled in either the GCPA, GDPA or MPA may not transfer to the Executive Master of Public Administration.

Applying to upgrade - currently enrolled students

Students currently enrolled in the GCPA or GDPA can submit their request to upgrade through Sydney Student. Course Transfer candidature variation request is located under the My Studies tab, Units of Study.

Applying to upgrade - graduates

GSG graduates who wish to upgrade to a higher award course will need to make a new application through Sydney Student.

Follow the links to apply for admission to

- Master of Public Administration.

- Graduate Diploma in Public Administration.

When to Apply

International GCPA and GDPA students should apply to upgrade to the MPA at the end of their first semester of study.

Domestic GCPA students upgrading to the GDPA should apply once the first four units of study are completed. For most domestic GCPA students this will be at the end of their second semester of study.

Domestic GDPA can upgrade to the MPA should apply once the first four units of study are completed. For most GCPA students this will be at the end of their second semester of study.

Time Frames

Students can submit a request to upgrade once you have successfully completed four units of study but before your final unit of study of your current award course.

Upgrades are approved for enrolment in semester one or two. They cannot be approved for enrolment in a Summer or Winter Session.

Requests to upgrade should be made few weeks before the start of semester.

If you are in your final semester you will need to submit a request to upgrade before results are published (mid-July, Mid-December).

Note. Upgrades can only be approved once all results are published, this includes results for any units of study from previous semesters/years.



Course Transfer - Downgrades

Students enrolled in the GDPA or MPA who wish to discontinue their study may be permitted to graduate with a lower award course. That is a GDPA student may exit their study and graduate a GCPA. Please refer to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Student Administration Manuel (COURSEWORK) for more details.