Public Sector

Public Sector: EMPA

As a partner of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney supports delivery of the Executive Masters of Public Administration (EMPA) in New South Wales.

The EMPA is designed and delivered exclusively for senior public sector executives. Entry into this program is highly competitive and involves a rigorous four-stage application process whereby students gain the approval of their agency; secure central funding; are approved by ANZSOG and then gain entry into the University of Sydney’s EMPA degree.

In NSW, entry into the EMPA commences with an application to secure one of twenty-five centrally funded scholarships from the NSW Public Service Commission. Students interested in this program should begin by visiting the ANZSOG website to gain a good understanding of the EMPA program, and then access the online application portal of the NSW Public Service Commission website.

Overview of the Four Stage Application Process

  1. Agency selection. (May to July) Agencies rank all applicants and forward applications to the NSW Public Service Commission.
  2. PSC Scholarship selection. (July to September) The NSW Public Service Commission assess and determine which applicants are to receive central funded places. This will include an initial selection process, and then applications will be invited for interviews with the Commissioner;
  3. ANZSOG Admissions process (October - December) Successful applications in each Government are then sent through to ANZSOG for assessment against the entry requirements agreed between ANZSOG and University partners.
  4. University of Sydney Admissions process(November- January) ANZSOG then sends the successful applications to the University of Sydney where they will be assessed as part of the formal university entry process. Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Offer from the University of Sydney and be required to Accept the offer within the given dates, and then formally enrol into the Executive Masters in Public Administration, and the individual Units of Study.

Documentation - to support an application

While application requirements vary each year, you will generally be required to include the following documentation in support of your application:

  • 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;
  • a copy of your permanent residency visa if you are an Australian Permanent Resident;
  • 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 EMPA with reference to your personal and professional development goals.