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Master of Public Administration (MC-PA)

Masters (Coursework)Year: 2019 Delivered: On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Award titleMaster of Public Administration
Year & campus2019 — Parkville
CRICOS code080609D
Fees informationSubject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date
Study level & typeGraduate Coursework
AQF level 9
Credit points150 credit points
Duration18 months full time or 36 months part time

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a flagship degree of the Melbourne School of Government. An inter-disciplinary and globally-focused degree, the MPA is for leaders from the community, corporate and public sectors. The MPA draws on the expertise across the University of Melbourne to develop the skills and competencies of professionals who operate in increasingly complex governing environments where challenges cut across disciplinary, organisational, sectoral, jurisdictional and geographical boundaries. The MPA offers participants the opportunity to combine disciplinary expertise in political science, public administration and management, law, and business and economics with professional expertise in areas such as ethics, evidence, and management. Participants will mix theory and practice to address the complex challenges of management in practice through an interactive learning experience, combining individual and team-based learning opportunities that explore a range of contemporary issues.

Entry requirements

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

  • an undergraduate degree in an area related to public administration, with a weighted average mark of at least H2B (70%); and
  • at least three years of documented relevant professional experience.

Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • prior academic performance; and
  • relevance of previous studies; and
  • the professional experience.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.

Core participation requirements

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Public Administration should:

  • understand the challenges that confront leaders from the community, corporate and public sectors;
  • appreciate the interconnected nature of these challenges, and the power of applying interdisciplinary approaches to them;
  • understand the strategic environment in which leaders operate and the relationships they develop to deliver on complex public policy goals; and
  • explore the local, national, regional, and global factors that impact on these leaders and their environment.

Generic skills

Knowledge

Graduates should have:

  • A critical understanding of the operation of governments in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and across the world;
  • A comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness and complexity of the fields of public management and administration;
  • A sound understanding of politics, economics, law and science, as they apply to public administration and management processes and decisions.

Skills

Graduates should have:

  • A high-level ability to combine theory and practice in a meaningful way in order to address managerial challenges, analyse contemporary issues of administration, and reflect critically on one’s own professional practice;
  • A high-level ability to combine professional skills such as decision making, media and communication management, ethics, project management, strategic management, leadership and negotiation with discipline-based expertise in political science, law and economics, and to apply this complex synthesis to professional practice;
  • A highly-developed capacity to adapt to new situations and reflect upon professional practice in order to most effectively address challenges;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills necessary to a range of professional activities including report writing, workplace discussions, negotiation and management and lobbying strategies;
  • Flexible communication skills with a highly attuned sensitivity to a diverse audience, and to the issues specific to cross-cultural communication; and
  • The ability to draw upon an extensive repertoire of advanced professional skills including skills in leadership, negotiation, decision analysis and strategic management and to apply these skills with an awareness of the ethical implications of strategies and decisions.

Graduate attributes

Graduates of the Master of Public Administration will have acquired the following attributes:

Academic Distinction

  • An in-depth knowledge of the disciplinary foundations of public administration and new perspectives on the field;
  • The ability to develop creative and pragmatic solutions to a range of challenges;
  • Skill of persuasion built on evidence, research, and analysis.

Active Citizenship

  • A knowledge and appreciation of issues at local, national and global level and their impact on communities;
  • An ability to work with others, and to lead in challenging environments;
  • A commitment to making a difference.

Integrity and Self-Awareness

  • Independent thinkers who can work in diverse groups and appreciate alternative perspectives;
  • Ethical individuals who operate with a sense of personal and professional integrity and encourage others to do the same;
  • Passionate problem solvers who seek out new knowledge.

Course structure

Students are required to take 112.5 points of compulsory subjects, including a 25-point capstone subject. Students then choose 37.5 points of elective subjects, 25 points which must come from the core elective list.

150 point program

Duration: 1.5 years full-time / up to 3 years part-time

  • eight compulsory subjects (112.5 points) (includes 25-point capstone subject)
  • elective subjects (37.5 points) (25 points of which must come from the core elective subject list).

Capstone Requirement:

All students are required to complete the Capstone Requirement for the program (25 points). Students must complete this capstone option:

  • PADM90001 Administration Challenges in Practice

Purpose: This existing subject draws together key lessons from the compulsory and core subjects and applies them to a practical case. Students work in small teams to undertaken analysis, develop practical recommendations and present these to an expert panel. In addition, students prepare an individual paper that allows them to reflect on the group process, and also their own lessons from across the course.

For policies that govern this degree, see Academic Services Policy in the University Melbourne Policy Framework. Students also should also refer to information in the Student Policy Directory.

Subject options

Compulsory Subjects

112.5 points (including 25-point capstone subject)

Code Name Study period Credit Points
PADM90001 Administrative Challenges in Practice
February
25
PADM90002 Managing Effectively
August
12.5
PADM90003 Managing Public Finances
August
12.5
PADM90005 The Nature of Governing
Winter Term
12.5
PADM90006 The Rule of Law
March
12.5
PADM90007 The World of Public Administration
February
July
12.5
PADM90008 Using Evidence
October
12.5
PADM90009 Working Ethically
November
12.5

Core Elective Subjects

25 points

Code Name Study period Credit Points
PADM90004 Public Administration Thesis
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
PADM90010 Applied Syndicate Project Not available in 2019 25
PADM90011 Governing Challenges 1 Not available in 2019 12.5
PADM90012 Regional Governance
May
12.5
PPMN90039 Executive Internship
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
PPMN90045 Government Today 1 Not available in 2019 12.5
PPMN90046 Persuasion for Policymakers
October
12.5
PPMN90055 Understanding Big Data for Public Policy
August
12.5

Elective Subjects

12.5 points

Please note: in the 150 point Master of Public Administration program, participants choose an elective subject in consultation with the Master of Public Administration Director to enable them to explore professional and intellectual interests and to ensure the requisite background for study across the faculties at the University of Melbourne.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ABPL90377 Design for Ageing
Term 2
12.5
DEVT50002 Poverty, Microfinance and Development
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90035 Monitoring and Evaluation in Development
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90039 Civil Society, NGOs and the State
Semester 1
12.5
DEVT90045 Political Economy of Development
Semester 1
12.5
ECON90009 International Trade and Policy Not available in 2019 12.5
ECON90015 Managerial Economics
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ECON90029 Economics For Public Policy
Semester 1
12.5
ECON90032 Macroeconomics for Managers
Semester 1
12.5
ECON90045 Microeconomics 2
Semester 2
12.5
ECON90047 Macroeconomics 2
Semester 1
12.5
ENST90017 Environmental Policy Instruments
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90032 Sustainability and Behaviour Change
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ESLA90001 Professional Speaking Communication
Semester 2
12.5
ESLA90002 Advanced Self-Editing
Winter Term
12.5
ESLA90003 Professional Literacies
Semester 2
12.5
ESLA90004 Intercultural Professional Communication
June
12.5
FNCE90065 Fundamentals of Finance
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
FOOD90040 Nutrition Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
GEND90006 Gender, Globalisation and Development
Semester 1
12.5
GEND90007 Rethinking Rights and Global Development
Semester 2
12.5
LAWS70082 Privacy Law
April
12.5
LAWS70100 Environmental Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70114 Human Rights of Groups Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70141 Energy Regulation and the Law
March
12.5
LAWS70164 Racing Industry Law and Regulation Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70184 Media, Free Speech and the State Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70319 Tax Policy
August
12.5
LAWS70334 Bills of Rights Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70365 International Migration Law Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70366 International Refugee Law
October
12.5
LAWS70368 Law of Intergovernmental Relations Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70391 Human Rights at Work Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70407 Australians Detained Abroad Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70411 Constitutional Problems in Comparison Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70417 Elements of Legislation Not available in 2019 12.5
LAWS70425 Money, Law and Politics
July
12.5
LAWS70430 Poverty, Human Rights and Development Not available in 2019 12.5
LING90026 Transcultural Communication at Work
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5
MECM90010 Strategic Political Communication
July
12.5
MGMT90011 Managing Stakeholders
Semester 1
12.5
MGMT90012 Managing Diversity
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT90013 Leadership and Team Dynamics
Semester 1
12.5
MGMT90015 Managing People
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MGMT90016 Performance & Reward Management
Semester 1
12.5
MGMT90022 Managing Organisational Change Not available in 2019 12.5
MGMT90037 Conflict and Negotiation
Summer Term
Winter Term
12.5
MGMT90040 Behaviour & Leadership in Organisations
December
12.5
MGMT90049 Strategy, Ethics & Governance
February
12.5
MGMT90107 Leadership & Management
September
12.5
MGMT90111 Management and Business Communication
Semester 1
12.5
MGMT90165 Social Entrepreneurship
Semester 2
12.5
MULT50002 Indigenous Peoples in Global Context
July
12.5
MULT90059 Social Enterprise Incubator
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
PHIL90010 Global Justice
Semester 1
12.5
PHIL90027 The Moral Limits of Markets
Semester 2
12.5
POLS40015
POLS90012 Trade Policy Politics & Governance
March
12.5
POLS90015 Business and Government
Semester 1
12.5
POLS90016 The United Nations: Review and Reform
Semester 2
12.5
POLS90034 International Policymaking in Practice
Semester 1
12.5
POLS90037 Corruption in Today's World
August
12.5
POLS90045 Governing Money and Finance
Semester 2
12.5
POLS90056 Social Policy and Development
Semester 1
November
12.5
POPH90256 Ageing in Society
Term 1
12.5
POPH90257 Body of Ageing
Term 3
12.5
POPH90258 Economics of Ageing
Term 4
12.5
POPH90259 End of Life Issues
Term 3
12.5
POPH90260 Ethics of Ageing
Term 2
12.5
POPH90263 Technology and Ageing
Term 4
12.5
POPH90264 Global Population Ageing
Term 2
12.5
PPMN90030 Public Policy in the Asian Century
Semester 1
12.5
PPMN90031 Public Policy Lobbying Strategies
February
12.5
PPMN90032 Innovative Design and Service Delivery
October
12.5
PPMN90048 Crisis Management
August
12.5
SOCI90006 Ageing, Society And Social Policy Not available in 2019 12.5
SOCI90010 International Migration
Semester 1
12.5
SOCI90012 Inclusive Policy Development
Semester 2
12.5
SOTH90006 Social Inclusion Policy and Practice
May
12.5
POPH90267 Ageing Health & Human Services
Term 1
12.5

Further study

Students who complete the thesis may be eligible to enter the PhD.

Last updated: 3 April 2019