Combine your disciplinary expertise in political science, law, business or economics with professional decision-making, ethics, strategic management, negotiation and leadership dexterity. The Specialist Certificate in Public Administration mixes theory and practice to help you address complex management challenges. Interactive individual and team-based learning opportunities explore a range of contemporary issues in a way that enhances your knowledge of the challenges leaders in the community, corporate and public sectors face.
The course structure offers flexibility for full-time workers. Investigate the interconnected nature of management challenges, and how you can apply an interdisciplinary approach to them. You’ll be introduced to a foundation that draws on the expertise of University of Melbourne Faculty, and using these skills, you’ll refine your competencies for effectively operating in increasingly complex governing environments. You can cut across disciplines, organisations, sectors, jurisdictions and geographical boundaries.
Who is it for?
The Specialist Certificate in Public Administration is designed for professionals working in or with government, through public, corporate or community organisations. With your advanced level of knowledge across the public administration discipline, this course will broaden your skillset and refine your analytical and research techniques.
Armed with a critical understanding of the operation of governments in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and across the world, you’ll have the ability to combine theory and practice in a meaningful way in order to address managerial challenges. Build on the interpersonal and communication skills necessary to a range of professional activities, including report writing, workplace discussions, negotiations and management and lobbying strategies.
The Specialist Certificate in Public Administration also allows you to apply for advanced standing into the Master of Public Administration.
Where will it take me?
With a Specialist Certificate in Public Administration you’ll have a head start pursuing roles in:
- Planning and performance
- Government relations
- Performance management.
Graduates have also gone on to work in organisations including:
- Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia
- Oxfam Australia
- City of Port Phillip
- Mind Australia.