Executive Master of Public Administration - 2018

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Arts.

Other commencement years for this course: 2017

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Course code


Credit points


Abbreviated title


Managing faculty



Dr Zareh Ghazarian

Admission and fees


Course type

Master by coursework

Standard duration

3 years PT

You have a maximum of 5 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield)


Executive Master of Public Administration


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.


The Executive Master of Public Administration is designed to assist future leaders develop the management and policy skills needed in today's public sector. Developed in consultation with public sector CEOs across Australia and New Zealand, this course aims to produce world-class public sector managers. The program offers high-potential and aspiring leaders a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration. The program draws on case studies and practical exercise with interactive teaching methods, delivered by leading academics and guest speakers with extensive government experience.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a crucial understanding of the central concepts relating to public administration, public management and public policy
  2. articulate and apply an understanding of the different kinds of value created by public sector organisations
  3. demonstrate a critical understanding of how the political environment affects organisational objectives
  4. accurately, use, interpret and draw inference from information gathered as evidence to support routine and strategic decision-making.


The course is structured in three parts including a core curriculum of eight units, an applied research project and elective studies.

The elective studies enable you to select from across a range of areas including: global politics; international relations and development; politics and the environment, planning and sustainability; politics, policy and governance; and security, law, justice and human rights.


The course is structured in eleven units. All students complete nine core units and two elective units.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

You must complete:

a. The following units (48 points):

  • APG5990 Managing public sector organisations
  • APG5991 Government in a market economy*
  • APG5992 Delivering public value*
  • APG5993 Designing public policies and programs
  • APG5994 Decision making under uncertainty*
  • APG5995 Governing by the rules
  • APG5996 Leading public sector change*
  • APG5998 Public financial management

b. The following capstone unit (12 points)

  • APG5997 Work-based research project*

* These units are offered through partner universities, for more information please visit the ANZOG webpageANZOG webpage (https://www.anzsog.edu.au/).

c. Two elective units (12 points) from the following:

Global politics

  • APG5327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG5337 Governance and democratisation
  • APG5805 Project planning and management in international development

International relations and development

  • APG5054 Research methods for development practice and change
  • APG5324 Advanced seminar in International political economy
  • APG5668 Advanced seminar in international relations

Politics and the environment, planning and sustainability

  • APG4554 Resource evaluation and management
  • APG5426 Environmental analysis
  • APG5428 Environmental governance and citizenship

Corporate sustainability management

Politics, policy and governance

  • APG5180 Policy and political communication
  • APG5181 Intergovernmental relations

Security, law, justice and human rights

  • APG5064 Gender, security and conflict
  • APG5332 Security and securitisation
  • APG5666Not offered in 2018 Terrorism, counter-terrorism and intelligence
  • APG5667 Terrorism, fringe politics and extremist violence