Public Policy and Management
Masters (MPPM)

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Master of Public Policy and Management

Course code M1194

The Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) equips students with the strategic, analytical and professional skills for a career in the government, non-profit, and private sectors both in Australia and internationally. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to analyse, design and implement policy in complex institutional and regulatory environments.

Previous tertiary qualifications combined with relevant professional experience may qualify students for advanced standing, meaning they could complete a Masters qualification in as little as 12 or 18 months. (The 12 and 18 month programs are designed for those already working in the field of public policy or public sector management and who are seeking career advancement opportunities. The 2 year program is designed for recent graduates or those seeking a career change.)

A student's advanced standing is assessed at the time of application, taking into account level of higher study and/or professional experience. Students can find more information on admissions and advanced standing at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs website.

The MPPM offers students:

  • A detailed knowledge of the theories and practice of contemporary governance and public policy making through intensive study in specialist units
  • High-level analytical skills to lead policy design, implementation and evaluation, developed through the practical investigation of current policy issues and challenges
  • An understanding of professional and public ethics, and of human resource management
  • Professional skills relating to leadership, finance and project management, and communication
  • Policy electives that focus on pressing economic and environmental problems relevant at the local, regional and global levels

The core units of the program cover public policy theory and practice, policy design, public sector management, policy research and evaluation, and the public sector economics. Students can choose electives to suit their professional needs and policy interests. The degree concludes with a ‘capstone’ experience with students opting to undertake either a policy case study project, a professional internship, or a supervised research thesis.

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