Masters in Public Administration


Our MPA program has been specifically tailored to meet the needs of graduates appointed to public services at national and sub-national levels and those aspiring to a career in the public service or in policy advice. It equips graduates with both a strong academic foundation to their work and the practical skills necessary to meet the challenges of 21st century governance.

IGPA's Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program has been co-designed with leading academics and senior practitioners to respond to professional development priorities outlined in the capability reviews in the United Kingdom, the capability review process and "Ahead of the Game" report in Australia and the performance improvement framework in New Zealand. Its’ truly distinctive feature is the provision of core professional skills in public management, policy and leadership combined with academic disciplinary rigour. In addressing this, the program draws on the experience of leading academics and senior practitioners involved in the study and practice of contemporary governance.

The MPA components include advanced knowledge and skills in governance, policy analysis and leadership combined with a dissertation component which allows participants to investigate a wicked governance problem from both an academic and applied perspective.


The educational aims of the MPA are:

  • to support the international modernising civil services agenda through enhancing the study and practice of policy formulation and delivery within public organisations;
  • to foster strategic thinking for the creation of public value;
  • to develop skills that underpin this agenda, including those of analysis, evaluation, use of evidence, problem solving,communication and the management of change;
  • to explore and understand the international context of public administration, through awareness of both the role of global trends and institutions, the scope for learning internationally and for the
  • transfer of ideas;
  • to link theory and practice in relation to the delivery of public services through a problem-solving centred approach to learning that aids professional development;
  • to promote shared learning across sectors (public, private, nonprofit) and internationally; 
  • to offer flexible forms of study which enhances work-based learning.
How To Apply?

Complete the online application form at and attach the certified documents as required. If you are unable to attach your supporting documents,you can print the cover sheet and forward your documentation by fax to +61 2 6201 5040 or mail to:

Admissions Office, University of Canberra, ACT 2601


Complete the application and forward to the Admissions Office at the University of Canberra or to one of our representative offices in your home country.For a list of our agents go to



You will need to pay fees to study at the University of Canberra.  The amount you pay will depend on what you are studying.  For example, domestic and international student fees are calculated differently.

International student costs
Find out more about international student fees and rates.

Postgraduate student fees and charges
You are a postgraduate student if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or have equivalent experience and are studying a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters or PHD.


The approximate fee for a unit is calculated by multiplying the unit load (EFTSL) by the annual course fee.

The EFTSL is calculated as follows:
Credit point of a unit x length of time to complete course (full time) / Credit points required to complete course

Click here to read further on how your fees are calculated

Key Dates 2017

IGPA Semester 1 Orientation and Course Advice Session

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


Public Administration G 8556 3 Credit Points Thursday 16 February - Thursday 23 March
Public Policy PG 6268 3 Credit Points Tuesday 28 March - Tuesday 16 May
Managing Government Finance G 6260 3 Credit Points Thursday 6 April - Thursday 18 May
Special Topics in Business and Government G 9376 3 Credit Points Thursday 4 May - Friday 19 May
Understanding Governance PG 9685 6 Credit Points Thursday 16 February - Friday 31 March
Management Dissertation PG 6254 6 Credit Points Thursday 11 May (Progress Workshop)
Important Dates  
Monday 6 February 2017 Semester 1 Orientation week begins
Monday 13 February 2017 Semester 1 Teaching period begins
Friday 17 February 2017 Last day to add Semester 1 units via MyUC without a late fee or lecturer approval
Friday 10 March 2017 Census date for Semester 1 2017

IGPA Semester 2 Orientation and Course Advice Session

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Special Topics in Business and Government G 9376 3 Credit Points Wednesday 4 October - Wednesday 8 November
Research Methods PG 6270 3 Credit Points Friday 13 October - Friday 17 November
Advanced Policy Analysis PG 9686 6 Credit Points Wednesday 9 August - Wednesday 27 September
Leading and Managing Change G 9802 3 Credit Points Monday 18 September - Friday 6 October
Management Dissertation PG 6254 6 Credit Points Tuesday 31 October (Progress Workshop)
Public Administration G 8556 3 Credit Points Thursday 10 August - Thursday 14 September
Important Dates  
Monday 31 July 2017 Semester 2 Orientation week begins
Monday 7 August 2017 Semester 2 Teaching period begins
Friday 11 August 2017 Last day to add Semester 2 units via MyUC without a late fee or lecturer approval
Friday 1 September 2017 Census date for Semester 2 2017
The Course Team
Chris AulichAdjunct ProfessorView Profile
Professor Laurie BrownDeputy Director at the InstituteView Profile
Bill BurmesterProfessorial FellowView Profile
Dr Nicole CuratoARC Discovery Early Career Research FellowView Profile
Dr Lain DareGraduate Research Convenor and Senior Research FellowView Profile
Professor John DryzekCentenary Professor, ARC Laureate FellowView Profile
Professor Patrick DunleavyCentenary Professor of GovernanceView Profile
Dr Selen ErcanSenior Research Fellow in Political ScienceView Profile
Professor Mark Evans Director of the Institute View Profile
Dr Paul FawcettDirector - Centre for Change Governance and Associate ProfessorView Profile
Emeritus Professor John HalliganProfessor of Public Administration and GovernanceView Profile
Dr Michael JensenSenior Research FellowView Profile
Dr Jinjing LiAssociate ProfessorView Profile
Dr Brendan McCaffrieEducation Program Convener and Senior Research FellowView Profile
Carmel Mcgregor PSMAdjunct Professor and Academic FellowView Profile
Dr Riyana (Mira) MirantiConvenor of IGPA Indonesia Program & Associate ProfessorView Profile
Tu Pham PSMAdjunct Professor and Academic Fellow View Profile
Dr Paul PorteousAdjunct Associate ProfessorView Profile
Professor Gerry StokerCentenary Professor of GovernanceView Profile

“Holding tertiary qualifications from two other Australian universities and over 5 years federal government experience, I have found the MPA experience a true testament to the teaching of public administration. The program leverages off up to date public sector practices combined with cutting edge research, and focuses on driving innovation in the future-state of our public service. The MPA predominately uses case method in its teaching approach; a teaching method used in leading professional schools around the world. This is facilitated by a high calibre of teaching staff – from
Senior Bureaucrats, Harvard Scholars to Laureate Professors – who are second to none. IGPA holds true to its status as Australia’s finest institute in policy analysis and governance.”

- Charlie Shandil

“I chose to complete a Masters of Public Administration with the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis as their teaching approach to contemporary governance issues is highly regarded by my employer, the Vietnamese Public Service. IGPA’s MPA combines academic rigour with practitioner experience to give me the opportunity to learn and apply my knowledge across a variety of real world challenges. I would recommend the MPA programme to anyone who wants a competitive edge for their future career in the public sector. I would like to express my thankfulness to the Professors as I have learned a lot from them, and I find them very intellectual in the field.” 

- Hoa Doan

Undertaking the Masters in Public Administration at the Institute of Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA) was by far one of my most positive life-changing decisions. By choosing to study at IGPA I had the opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, some of the most intelligent and highly regarded academics and public administration professionals in the world – the mix of theoretical and practical experiences really gives students a unique insight to public administration and policy. Undertaking coursework in a research institute really helped me better understand the value-add of research degrees, sound evidence based decision making and real value researchers play in a public administration and public policy environment. This course and the new skills I gained gave me the confidence to peruse a placement in a Parliamentary Office, continue my career in the public service and even consider further study opportunities.

- David McKenna