Executive 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 Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is designed to assist future leaders develop the management and policy skills needed in today’s public sector.

Developed in consultation with public sector CEOs across Australia and New Zealand, the EMPA aims to produce world-class public sector managers. The program offers high-potential and aspiring leaders a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration. The program brings together a select group of the best emerging public sector leaders from Australia and New Zealand with outstanding teachers and practitioners from around the world.

Course outline

Study plan

Core units of study

Students must complete the following seven core units of study (42 credit points):

  • ANZG6006 Delivering Public Value
  • ANZG6007 Decision Making Under Uncertainty
  • ANZG6008 Designing Public Policies and Programs
  • ANZG6009 Government and the Market Economy
  • ANZG6010 Leading Public Sector Change
  • ANZG6011 Governing by the Rules
  • ANZG6XXX Managing Public Sector Organisations - NEW Unit of Study
Each core subject is taught by ANZSOG once for each intake and are spread across the two years of the course.

Elective units of study

The timing of elective subjects depends on the approved choice of subjects and when the University of Sydney offers the approved electives. Students enrolled in the Graduate School of Government, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney must complete Managing Public Expenditure (GSOG6004) as their finance elective.

The Graduate School of Government at the start of the academic year will provide a list of elective units of study. View current list of elective units of study.

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration are required to complete GSOG6004 Managing Public Expenditure as their finance elective.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The EMPA aims to produce graduates who:

- have a broad view of management, service delivery and policy analysis across the spectrum of public sector activities;
- have a critical understanding of the central concepts relating to public administration, public management and public policy;
- can undertake critical analysis and engage in informed debate of public sector issues;
- can apply research methods and undertake independent research;
- are prepared for, and committed to excelling in a public sector career; and
- can improve service delivery and policy outcomes across the public sector.

Graduates have taken on leadership roles in local, state and federal government, alongside the non-profit sector.


Admission requirements

An applicant for admission to the Executive Master of Public Administration shall meet entry requirements as specified by ANZSOG. For further information applicants should contact ANZSOG for details.

Available places will be offered at the University of Sydney to qualified applicants ranked on merit in accordance with the following criteria:

(a) a bachelor's degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or equivalent qualification at an institution approved by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and graded at a standard acceptable to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; and
(b) relevant work experience requirements as determined by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; and
(c) satisfaction of the English language requirements, where applicable; and any other minimum standards specified by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

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 Handbooks Online 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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the Online Application portal. Visit the How to Apply page for more information.

When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page.

International students

How to apply

This course is not available to International Students.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.