Master of Public Policy and Management

1 - 2 years full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 020385A

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Course Description


In the Master of Public Policy and Management you’ll refine a high-level analytic skillset that meets the demands of complex public policy-making. Use the theoretical and analytical perspectives and debates you learn in public policy, governance and management to generate understandings of the institutions, processes and practices of contemporary government and policy.

With over 30 years of teaching and learning, the Master of Public Policy and Management is the premier degree of its kind in Australia. Understand the challenges and opportunities of interdependence, national and local institutions, diversity and dynamics of global, and appreciate the potential and limits of public policy action.

Who is it for?

Prepare yourself for a career in national and international leadership and government roles through this comprehensive postgraduate program. Benefit from hands-on experience in public, private or community sector management and gain the transferrable theoretical and practical skills you need for a mobile career.

Draw on the expertise of senior leaders from state and federal government and public service delivery organisations. The tutors and mentors in the Master of Public Policy and Management have a vast range of experience across government, politics, public service, parliament, the media, academia, and international development organisations.

Where will it take me?

On graduation from the Master of Public Policy and Management, you will be ready for work in professional fields including:

  • Senior policy and arts officer
  • Manager of policy and international relations
  • Policy and planning manager
  • Investment advisor for government
  • Policy analyst
  • Government communications advisor.

Graduates have also gone on to work in global organisations including:

  • Australia Bureau of Statistics
  • Bangladesh Ministry of Finance
  • Department of Justice
  • Embassy of Nepal (Beijing)
  • Royal Women’s Hospital
  • The Australian Agency for International Development Toshiba Television (Beijing)
  • University of Essex
  • Victoria Police.

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Application deadlines

  • 31 March, 2018 for Semester 2, 2018 intake
  • 31 October, 2018 for Semester 1 2019 intake
  • Scholarships

 It is strongly recommended your application is submitted by the following dates to ensure enough time for your student visa processing.

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Please note: If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or bursary at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences you must submit an application to a GSHSS degree by 31 October 2017 noting that you must supply your final results and evidence of course completion by 30 November 2017 to meet the requirements of the scholarship criteria. If you are not able to meet these deadlines, you will be considered for the following intake.

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