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Master of Public Administration - 737AA

Course Code: 737AA
Course Version: 5
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
UAC Code: 880205
CRICOS Code: 052831G
Lowest Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Enhance your leadership career in the public service

If you are an existing public servant, or aspire to be one, then the Master of Public Administration (MPA) can help you achieve your goal. This course is equally desirable for those wishing to work in either the community sector or for international organisations, as it provides strong competency-based learning and development in policy, finance, project management, delivery and communications. Delivered by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) and co-designed by leading academics and senior administrators, this course will help you gather an impressive list of core professional skills in the areas of public management, policy analysis and leadership.

The flexible weekday evening program allows you to boost your ethical research proficiencies by undertaking a dissertation in an area related to your interests or past employment experience. You can also choose elective units from within IGPA, or from across UC’s other faculties if they are approved by the MPA course convenor, which allow you to study issues of relevance to your future career. Upon graduation, you will be well-placed to enhance your career opportunities at both the national and sub-national levels of the public services sector.

Study a Master of Public Administration at UC and you will:

  • gain a broad view of public management, service delivery and policy analysis across the spectrum of public sector activities
  • understand how the international political environment affects organisational objectives
  • understand the different modes of governance available to deliver specific public goods and services
  • accurately use, interpret and draw inference from information gathered as evidence to support routine and strategic decision making
  • gain a critical understanding of the central concepts relating to public administration, public management and public policy.

Work Integrated Learning

A key component of IGPA’s MPA is to undertake a specialised research project of your choosing, which will enhance your employability and ensure you are armed with the right mix of skills and knowledge to take a confident leap into your future career in the public sector. You will be encouraged to apply your existing professional knowledge and undertake new research to identify and explore real-world problems and solutions, reflecting on practical experiences and using your own employment context, if applicable.

The course is taught by a mix of academics, public servants, former politicians and journalists, and guest speakers from industry are regularly invited to deliver sessions on key strategic issues.

Career opportunities

  • Chief administration officer
  • Human services director
  • Public works director
  • Policy officer
  • Communications officer
  • Public administration consultant
  • General operations manager
  • Labour relations manager
  • Financial manager
  • Program analyst
  • Program director
  • Director of development
  • Grant administrator
  • Fundraising manager

Course specific information

Students must have a degree or equivalent and no less than two years of relevant work experience OR an honours degree or equivalent, as approved by the University's Admissions Committee.

Essential knowledge for this course includes: a good working knowledge of the public sector; commitment and the ability to contribute to class learning, to learn from others and to share learning in the workplace; strong commitment to career development and to a career in the public or third sectors; and capacity to complete a rigorous master's program.

Desirable but not essential knowledge would include some familiarity with fundamental theories and concepts underpinning effective performance in public sector management and policy development, a good feel for the difficulties of delivering results in government and experience of applying theory and analysing data to solve real-world management and policy problems.

Students who have completed a Graduate Certificate at IGPA can top up their qualification to earn the MPA.

Students can exit the MPA after completing 12 credit points and will gain a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
In person, Student Centre Building 1 (take a BGL Faculty course advice ticket) or Email bglstudent@canberra.edu.au
Prospective International Students
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Prospective Domestic Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a degree or equivalent as approved by the University's Admissions Committee and not less than 2 years of relevant work experience OR an Honours degree or equivalent as approved by the University's Admissions Committee prior to admission.

Assumed Knowledge

Essential knowledge: A good working knowledge of the public sector; commitment and the ability to contribute to class learning, to learn from others and to share learning in the workplace; strong commitment to career development and to a career in the public or third sectors; and capacity to complete a rigorous master's program.
Desirable but not essential knowledge would include some familiarity with fundamental theories and concepts underpinning effective performance in public sector management and policy development, a good feel for the difficulties of delivering results in government and experience of applying theory and analysing data to solve real world management and policy problems.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Teaching Period 1
Teaching Period 4
Teaching Period 5
Teaching Period 1
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Credit Arrangements

Credit arrangements (if available) for this course can be found on the University's Credit Search website.

Course Requirements

Information for Current Students

There are previous versions of this course. As a current student you will complete the requirements for the course that were in place when you commenced. Click on the relevant link below to view the requirements of your version of the course.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Public Administration M PubAdmin

Alternate Exit Awards

Master of Public Administration in Border Management Master of Public Administration in Corporate Governance Master of Public Administration in Education Leadership Graduate Certificate in Public Administration Master of Public Administration in Revenue Management Master of Public Administration in Public Policy

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Evenings: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face on weekday evenings.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      Sponsor: The unit is delivered in conjunction with a sponsor organisation.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 $24,000 $34,000
2020 $24,900 $35,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge

A broad view of public management, service delivery and policy analysis across the spectrum of public sector activities.
Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Appreciation of the different kinds of value created by public sector organisations. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Understanding of how the international political environment affects organisational objectives. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Understanding of the different modes of governance available to deliver different public goods and services. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
To be able to accurately use, interpret and draw inference from information gathered as evidence to support routine and strategic decision-making. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Knowledge of key governance debates in the academic and grey literatures. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently
Skills
A critical understanding of the central concepts relating to public administration, public management and public policy.
Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Awareness of the strengths, weaknesses and suitability of selected quantitative and qualitative methods for gathering data. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Written and verbal communication skills to engage in informed debates of public sector issues. Communication
Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
The ability to apply research methods and undertake independent research. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
The ability to bring a strategic perspective to all policy program design work. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
An understanding of how good communication skills can improve all aspects of policy development, policy advising and program implementation. Communication
Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
The ability to recognise problems from symptoms, identify opportunities for action and manage risks in delivering value to the community. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
The capacity to link theory to practice. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently
Application of knowledge and skills
Enhance service delivery and policy outcomes across the public sector.
Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Professionalism and social responsibility
Exhibit an understanding of how to conduct research in accordance with ethical principles. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Professionalism and social responsibility
Undertake primary research both within a collaborative team based framework and independently. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Professionalism and social responsibility
Research skills as evidenced by the dissertation project output. Analysis and inquiry
Problem-solving
Working independently and with others
Professionalism and social responsibility

Course Duration

Standard three semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Honours

None.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

The Graduate Certificate in Public Administration is an exit award.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2019 NO NO
2020 NO NO

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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