Master of China Public Administration

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

As the number of Australian corporations operating in China has increased, so too has Chinese investment in Australia, creating complex settings for both business and government models across the two nations. The growing social and economic interaction between Australia and China, and between China’s state and society, has created a need for new expertise across these divides.

Our first-of-its-kind Master of China Public Administration (MCPA) is a bilingual (English and Modern Standard Chinese) program for middle-level public administrators, entrepreneurs and business people in both China and Australia. The MCPA aims to create well-trained and skilled leaders confident in their ability to work effectively in public administration, business and other organisations in China and that interact with China.

Across this innovative two-year program you will study public administration and business management theory and practice as applied to China. With a compulsory semester-long internship in China for domestic students (as well as international students who are not China-based), and a work placement in Australia for China-based candidates, you can enhance core understandings with real-world experience of public administration and business operations while building new contacts internationally.
As well as being a graduate of the only MCPA program in the world, you’ll have a competitive advantage from the degree’s combination of key learning areas, applied experience and its focus on language proficiencies.

Our degree has already caught the attention of a number of companies, enterprises and institutions as a source of further training and education for their staff. By joining the MCPA, you’ll be entering a program with the support of the China Studies Centre, featuring the longest history of China Studies and largest body of active academics in the field of any Australian university.

Please note: The Master of China Public Administration is not available in 2015.

Course outline

Unit of Study Information

Study plan


The Master of China Public Administration requires the satisfactory completion of 96 credit points. All students must take the core units CHSC6901 Fundamentals of China Studies, CHSC6902 Chinese Enterprise Management, CHSC6908 Chinese Economic Institutions, CHSC6909 Government and Public Services In China, GOVT6316 Policy Making, Power and Politics, as well as three from the following public administration units: GOVT6318 Crises, Disasters and Public Management, GOVT6319 Governance and Public Policymaking, GOVT6311 Issues in Public Policy, GOVT6313 Leadership in Theory and Practice and GOVT6156 Governance and Civil Society. Unless students have high levels of both English (IELTS 8.0 overall) and Chinese proficiency (native speaker competency) they are required to take at least 3 language units, however, those competent in both languages may substitute language units for China Studies Elective Units of Study. All students must take at least one China Studies Elective Unit of Study and undertake CHSC6222 MCPA Internship and CHSC6223 MCPA Internship Report.

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates of the Master of China Public Administration must have completed (and passed units accruing to) 72 credit points before they are allowed to enrol in and undertake the Capstone units (internship placement). Typically those 72 credit points will include 1 China foundational unit, 3 China core advanced units, 4 public administration units and 3 language units. In exceptional circumstances, under the provisions outlined in the Coursework Rule and with the approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, students may be allowed to undertake the Capstone units (internship placement) after completion of 48 credit points, which typically will include: 1 China foundational unit, 3 China core advanced units, 2 public administration units and 2 language units. Failure to pass any single unit of study requires the candidate to retake the unit without credit or exemption for work previously completed.

Capstone experience

The capstone component of the Master of China Public Administration will consist of an internship placement in a business or another organisation in China, or in Australia for Chinese students. This internship component of the degree will be divided into the actual placement and an internship report. Students will be required to keep a learning journal that gives a chronological account of the work done and experience gained during the internship. They will also need to submit a short evaluation of the internship experience. The internship report will involve the production of an academic report of 12,000 words that develops a preselected theme with the insights gained during the internship. This report has a full scholarly apparatus, including a literature review, and relates to current management or governance literature.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates of the MCPA will be well-trained and skilled leaders able to work effectively in public administration and business in China and in interactions with China.

Further study

Completion of the Master of China Public Administration with a distinction average would normally entitle the graduate to apply for entry to a PhD within the Australian system and consideration for a postgraduate research scholarship.

Admission

Admission requirements

For entry into this degree students must have completed:

1) a bachelor’s degree or higher award from the University of Sydney or a recognised tertiary institution with a minimum credit (65 per cent) average; and

2) relevant, recent professional experience; and

3) English language requirements for entry into this course is an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with no band less than 6.0. TOEFL paper-based: A minimum result of 600 overall including a minimum result of 4.5 in writing. TOEFL IBT: A minimum result of 100 overall including a minimum result of 22 in reading, listening and speaking and 23 in writing.

4) No previous Chinese language knowledge is required to apply for this course

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

Ancillary expenses

Students will be expected to pay for all costs associated with their international internship. This will include airfares, accommodation, visas, subsistence and other related costs whilst on the 12 week internship placement. Our estimate includes the following costs:

• $1500 for airfare and visa
• $500 per month (x 3) for accommodation + subsistence and other living expenses
• $200 per year for course materials
• $100 per year for stationery and miscellaneous expenses

It should be noted that these figures could vary based on the individual students’ means and expectations. The internship will take place during the second year of the full time degree. Local students will undertake their internship in China. All students should budget according to their individual situation.

We estimate that students will spend up to approximately $200 per year on course materials such as readers. It should be noted, however, that most of the material in those readers will also be available online through the University Library for free, so these expenses may not be incurred, dependent upon the combination of Units of Study undertaken by students.

We have also estimated an additional $100 per year for stationery and miscellaneous expenses.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, of (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Ancillary expenses for international students

Students will be expected to pay for all costs associated with their international internship. This will include airfares, accommodation, visas, subsistence and other related costs whilst on the 12 week internship placement. Our estimate includes the following costs:

• $1500 for airfare and visa
• $500 per month (x 3) for accommodation + subsistence and other living expenses
• $200 per year for course materials
• $100 per year for stationery and miscellaneous expenses

It should be noted that these figures could vary based on the individual students’ means and expectations. The internship will take place during the second year of the full time degree. International students based in China will undertake their internship in Australia whereas local students and international students based in countries other than China will undertake their internship in China. All students should budget according to their individual situation.

We estimate that students will spend up to approximately $200 per year on course materials such as readers. It should be noted, however, that most of the material in those readers will also be available online through the University Library for free, so these expenses may not be incurred, dependent upon the combination of Units of Study undertaken by students.

We have also estimated an additional $100 per year for stationery and miscellaneous expenses.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of China Public Administration.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of China Public Administration.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.