Bachelor of Public Administration

Study public administration in the nation’s capital

Are you looking for a specialist career in public administration? Our Bachelor of Public Administration is the perfect pathway for you. The course combines management studies with a specialisation in public sector management. You will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for employment in managerial roles in the Commonwealth and Australian National Territory state public service or associated public sector agencies.

Open to new admissions


Admission open to

Domestic students and International students

Level of Study


Full-time Study Duration

3 years

Lowest Selection Rank




Course code


CRICOS number


Career Outcomes

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

  • acquire a broad understanding of theory and practice in management
  • developed advanced skills in accounting, human resources management, business analysis or communications
  • specialise in an area of public administration such as governance, national development, civil society relationships, or security
  • apply analytical and creative skills and demonstrate communications skills for sharing ideas and working in teams with different mixes of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds
  • customise your degree to include a second major in business or other area of study that interests you.

Career Opportunities

  • Public administration
  • Management
  • Policy advice

Work Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is all about learning first-hand through real work or work-like experiences. At UC it is an essential component of most of our courses and reinforces our commitment to preparing highly employable graduates with the right mix of skills and knowledge. Throughout your course you will have the opportunity to engage in WIL via internships, clinical placements, industry and community projects, professional mentoring and simulated workplace settings.

Course details

Sample study plan


  • Accounting for Managers
  • Government-Business Relations
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Problem Analysis and Statistics
  • Open Major (x2)


  • Global Challengers in Governance
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Performance
  • Problem Evaluation and Resolution
  • Public Sector Management
  • Open Major (x2)


  • Diversity and Organisations
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Internship
  • Leadership, Innovation and Change
  • Managing Human Resources
  • Project Evaluation & Management
  • Open Major (x2)


If you don't meet the entry requirements for this course you can apply for a Bachelor of Commerce or Bachelor of Management. You'll then have the option of transferring at the end of your first year if your grade average is strong.


Looking for more detail about the units you will study? Want to know more about fees, admission requirements and delivery modes?

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Head over to our Personalised Course Guide for detailed information presented in a simple-to-get PDF.

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