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 is an essential professional development program for senior public servants across all levels of government looking to enhance their skills. Aimed at senior executives and senior managers in the public sector in all tiers of government, our program helps you to develop key leadership 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 a myriad of government agencies and ministries.

Our program was developed in conjunction with the NSW Government – the major course sponsor – and as such meets the government’s particular education and training requirements. The core units of study cover policy, public sector leadership, strategic administration, managing public expenditure, and a capstone unit.

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 that significantly enhances your theoretical knowledge of public administration in national, state, provincial and local government jurisdictions.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

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

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Public Administration is designed for senior public servants of national, state, provincial and local governments and provides a practical educational experience to enhance existing skills.


Admission requirements

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 school

(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

Domestic students

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.

International students

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).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2015, 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 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 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.