Master of Public Administration

1.5 - 2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 080609D

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As an emerging leader in your field, studying the Master of Public Administration (MPA) will ground your theoretical and practical understanding of public administration. The MPA is a cross-faculty program exclusively available to experienced professionals.

Whether you want to update your knowledge, enhance your professional expertise, or embark on a change of career, this globally-focused MPA activates the contemporary skillset you need to achieve your career goals in the public, private or community sectors. By working with the Director of the MPA program, you can tailor your study to access the full breadth of offerings from the University of Melbourne.

Course Description

  • Sabina Curatolo - School Alumni

    Sabina Curatolo
    Director of Government Relations and Policy
    Impact Investing Australia

    "The Master of Public Administration offered me the chance to consolidate my working experience and to delve more deeply into a broad spectrum of public administration issues.

    The course structure is innovative and attractive, offering flexibility for full-time workers. Most of all, I have enjoyed being able to directly and immediately apply this learning to my work."

  • Sandru Santhana Anandaraj - Current Student

    Sandru Santhana Anandaraj
    Project Officer
    Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

    "The Master of Public Administration has been a valuable tool in my day-to-day work in the Victorian Government. In the first week of my Master of Public Administration course, one of my first assignments was to work in a small group presenting a case study on the different public administration boundaries which needed to be crossed in responding to homelessness.

    Almost two years on, I am now working right in the heart of homelessness policy here in the Victoria Government in my role as a Project Officer in the Department of Health and Human Services. This includes, amongst many other things, contributing to the department's work on matters such as the future role of Commonwealth and state governments in funding homelessness services across the country (which was showcased in my original assignment!)"

An international outlook

Melbourne School of Government is committed to preparing graduates with an international outlook. Our far-reaching international network brings together the world’s best minds to prepare you with the knowledge to help address the greatest challenges of our time.

With far reaching global connections including with Fudan University (China) and with American University (USA), a team of leading international experts, and a range of global internship opportunities, you will graduate with the knowledge, connections and experience to help address global public policy dilemmas.

Our experts have strong connections with leading institutions including Fudan University (China) and American University (USA); our team of experts also teach a range of executive education programs across South East Asia – empowering public sector professionals to make a difference to society.

Who is it for?

The MPA is designed for working professionals. Each subject is taught intensively, making it practicable for students from outside Melbourne to study part-time. Intensive subjects in the program are designed to enable all students to immerse themselves in the subject matter for a stimulating study period. The University has two pathways into the MPA via the Graduate Certificate (Advanced) in Public Administration and the Specialist Certificate in Public Administration. These Certificates consist of two or four subjects from the MPA and are taught intensively, which lets you maintain your work and home commitments alongside your study.

You can also complete an Enhanced MPA over two years (full-time) to enrich your educational experience. Through an additional four elective subjects, you’ll pursue a specialist interest in areas such as law, economics, development and international politics.

Where will it take me?

With a Master of Public Administration, you’ll have a head start pursuing roles in:

  • Planning and performance
  • Government relations
  • Performance management

Our student cohort have come from organisations including:

  • Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia
  • Oxfam Australia
  • City of Port Phillip
  • Mind Australia

Learn more about our public administration pathways including our specialist certificate, graduate certificate and how you can progress credit towards the masters level program.

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