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Executive Master of Public Administration - 310JA

Course Code: 310JA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline(s): Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Administer a rewarding career in the public sector

If you are an aspiring future leader who is keen to work in a high-level position within the public sector, this multidisciplinary degree will arm you with the leadership and policy skills you need to manage organisations and direct public sector change.

With core subjects delivered by the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA), the EMPA is specifically designed for students who have been nominated by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) – a global leader in education and government-focused research relevant to the public sector. The course content draws on case studies and features practical interactive sessions, delivered by leading academics and guest speakers with extensive government experience. 

Study an Executive Master of Public Administration at UC and you will:

  • understand the various kinds of operational capabilities available to public sector managers and know how they can be mobilised
  • enhance your skills in people and knowledge management, contracting, partnering and inter-organisational collaboration in the public sector
  • have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the applicable elements of law, convention, practice and ethics
  • have an applied appreciation of the role of legislation, regulations and conventions and their importance to good government
  • acquire an understanding of leadership, public/private/community comparisons, the development of leadership capabilities and how to align organisational culture.

Work-integrated learning

You will undertake a specialised work-based research project as part of IGPA’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program, 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 EMPA offers opportunities to study abroad and encourages project-based interaction with fellow students across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. 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
  • Public administration consultant
  • General operations manager
  • Labour relations manager
  • Program analyst
  • Program director
  • Director of development

Course specific information

Applicants must meet normal University requirements for admission to a master's degree course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the University's Admissions Committee. You must also have at least five years’ relevant work experience and have been accepted as a candidate for the degree by ANZSOG.

Students must undertake subjects to a minimum of 9 credit points at the University of Canberra to be eligible to take out the award at the University.

Enquiries

Current and Commencing Students
In person Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis student support area, Building 23, Level B, Room 8 or email IGPA.CourseAdvice@canberra.edu.au
Prospective Students
Email study@canberra.edu.au Ph 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet normal University requirements for admission to a master's degree course or hold qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the University's Admissions Committee. They must also have at least five years relevant work experience and have been accepted as a candidate for the degree by ANZSOG.

Students must undertake subjects to a minimum of 9 credit points at the University of Canberra to be eligible to take out the award at the University.

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Teaching Periods 1 - 6
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Teaching Periods 1 - 6
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Teaching Periods 1 - 6

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

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
Executive Master of Public Administration EMP

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2021

$25,400

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

Are prepared for, and committed to, excelling in a public sector career.
Professionalism and social responsibility
Ability to network across government and levels of government. Professionalism and social responsibility
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. Maximum eight semesters.

Honours

None.

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments 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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