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Executive Master of Public Administration

Overview

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.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

Research areas

What you'll 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.

Units of Study

Applying for admission

Completion requirement

Capstone (compulsory project)

Assumed knowledge

Applying for honours

Admission requirement

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 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
  • relevant work experience requirements as determined by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government; and
  • satisfaction of the English language requirements, where applicable; and
  • any other minimum standards specified by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government.

Course opportunities

Option to combine with

Professional accreditation

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

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.

Career information for UAC

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 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, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. 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. 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.

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.

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