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Master of Public Policy and Management

Course code: 1065 ~ Course abbreviation: MPubPolMgt ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 1.5 years full-time, 3 years s part-time ~ Managing faculty: Business and Economics

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Caulfield)

    Course description

This course is designed for graduates, in Australia and internationally, who wish to contribute to valued outcomes in the government and community sectors. Participates may work in the public, not-for-profit, local government, private or other sectors. The course focuses on understanding changing expectations about government, changing modes of delivering public services, and the changing skills needed by effective leaders and managers. Graduates will understand and apply relevant theories and concepts; develop skills to define and resolve issues in public policy and management; and blend theory and practice by working throughout the course on a wide range of practical issues.

Course objectives

The learning goals associated with this course are to: develop the capacity for high-level analysis of public policy, governance and public management issues in the modern context; acquire key skills in communicating and negotiating with representatives of the public, community/non-profit and corporate sectors; develop the ability to deal with issues in both partnership and contest between the government agencies, non-profit and community sector organisations and corporations; study the links between government and organisations at the national, regional/State and local council levels; bridge the gap between theory and practice in public administration.

    Course structure

Course requirements

(a) Students must complete six core units (36 points) as follows:

(b) students must complete a further six elective units (36 points) from 9000-level or 5000-level graduate units subject to the following conditions:

  • a maximum of two elective units (12 points) may be taken from other faculties
  • a research option is available with permission of the Course Director. Students enrolling in the research option will be required to complete the units MGX9290, MGX5901 and MGX5900 as part of their elective component.

Additional degree requirements:

  • students must study a minimum of four 5000-level units
  • students should complete four 9000-level units before commencing 5000-level units.

It is recommended that students consult with the course coordinator to ensure their elective units form a coherent study program.

    Exit points

Students can exit early from this degree under the following conditions:

  • completion of four units - Graduate Certificate in Business
  • completion of eight units - Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management.

    Contact details

Department of Management: telephone +61 3 9903 2807; email:

Course coordinator

Dr Gaby Ramia