Master of Public Administration
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Public Administration program is an essential educational experience for senior public servants across all levels of government looking to enhance their skills. Aimed at Senior Executives or Senior Managers in the public sector in all tiers of government, our program helps you to develop the key skills necessary for senior management in the public sector.
Operating through the Graduate School of Government (GSG), our course offers timely and relevant skills enhancement in public administration, providing the transferable skills necessary to equip you for work across myriad government agencies and ministries.
Our program was developed in conjunction with the NSW Government, who is the major course sponsor, and as such meets the government’s particular education and training requirements. Among the core units of study this degree covers are: policy, public sector leadership, strategic administration, managing public expenditure, and a work-based project (for Australian candidates) or internship project (for international students).
Practical core units of study are matched with a targeted Leadership Development Assessment (LDA), allowing personal insight into your learning to help improve your professional performance and achieve your development goals.
Every student also has the opportunity to be paired with a mentor, usually a current or former senior public administrator, politician, member of the judiciary or leader from civil society or the private sector. Under their guidance you will receive one-on-one support and career advice to significantly enhance your theoretical knowledge of public administration in national, state, provincial and local government configurations.
Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- ECON5001 - Microeconomic Theory
- ECON5002 - Macroeconomic Theory
- EDPA6016 - Organisations as Learning Communities
- ENGL6946 - Communication in Professional Contexts A
- GOVT6116 - International Organisations
- GOVT6123 - Globalisation and Governance
- GOVT6139 - Research Design
- GOVT6301 - Public Sector Ethics and Corruption
- GOVT6319 - Governance and Public Policy Making
- GOVT6331 - Public Management and Governance
- GSOG6001 - Policy in Practice: Delivering Value
- GSOG6002 - Public Sector Leadership
- GSOG6003 - Strategic Administration
- GSOG6004 - Managing Public Expenditure
- GSOG6005 - Work Based Project
- GSOG6006 - Internship Program
- GSOG6007 - Research Project
- INFO5990 - Professional Practice in IT
- INFO5991 - Services Science Management and Eng
- INFO5992 - Understanding IT Innovations
- INFO6007 - Project Management in IT
- INFO6010 - Advanced Topics in IT Project Management
- MECO6901 - Dealing with the Media
- MECO6912 - Political Public Relations
- MECO6913 - Public Opinion,Policy and Public Sphere
- SCWK6902 - Social Research
- WORK5002 - People,Work and Employment
Further course information
To be awarded the Master of Public Administration, students must successfully complete a total of eight (8) units of study (48 credit points), comprising:
(i) Four core units of study;
(ii) A Work Based Project (local students) or Internship Program (international students)
(ii) Up to three elective units of study
Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.
Course outcomes and further study
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
Admission to candidature for the Master of Public Administration requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or equivalent at an institution approved by the Graduate School of Government and graded at a standard acceptable to the Graduate School of Government; and
(b) relevant work experience requirements as determined by the Graduate School of Government; and
(c) satisfaction of the English language requirements, where applicable; and
(d) any other minimum standards specified by the Graduate School of Government.
How to apply
How to apply
Application for this program is administered through the Graduate School of Government (GSG). Please refer to the Graduate School of Government (GSG) website for details.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or
(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Public Administration.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Master of Public Administration.
Annual review not available for Master of Public Administration.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of Public Administration.
Potential for inaccuracy
Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of Public Administration.