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Ohio Glenn
Oregon PPPM
Ottawa GSPIA
Ottawa SPS
Oxford BSG
Pennsylvania Fels
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Princeton Wilson
Queen Mary SPIR
Queen's SPS
Rutgers SPAA
Ryerson DPPA
Sac State PPA
Sask-Regina JSGS
SciencesPo Paris
SF State DPA
Simon Fraser SPP
Singapore LKY
Stanford GPPP
Sydney GIR
Sydney GSG
Syracuse Maxwell
Tenn State CPSUA
Texas Johnson
Tokyo GraSPP
Toronto SPPG
UCLA Luskin
UC London SPP
USC Price
Victoria SPA
Vic Wellington
Virginia Batten
Warwick PAIS
Waterloo MPS
Washington Evans
Western LGP
York Glendon
Carleton Paterson
Columbia SIPA
Toronto Munk
NYU Wagner MPA with Int Spec'n
Rutgers (Bloustein)


MPP and MPA Programs

Macquarie University, Politics and International Relations (PIR)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design:  TO COME

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary


University: Macquarie University

Location: Sydney, Australia. Domestic candidates may also pursue the course by distance learning.

Degree: MPPP (Master of Politics and Public Policy)

Marketing Approach: "Whether you’re in the private sector but work with government departments, or want to develop a career in public, voluntary or political work – the Master of Politics and Public Policy will further your career. Our students come from a wide range of countries and professional backgrounds, from public health, Indigenous affairs, education, immigration and taxation to crime control, environmental protection, resource management, community services and human rights.” (at, accessed 3 September 2014).

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations, within the Faculty of Arts.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The University also offers a Master of International Law, Governance and Public Policy. Additionally, several undergraduate degrees in or related to public policy are offered (see, accessed 3 September 2014).

Posted Tuition

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  Candidates are required to complete seven core courses, and then select two courses from one category and three from another, for a total of twelve courses.

Duration: 1.5 years (full-time).

Academic Prerequisite: An Australian level 7 bachelor’s qualification or recognized equivalent (with GPA of 2.5 of 4.0) in politics, international relations, law, sociology, media, communications, history, cultural studies, or a related discipline. Candidates must also have relevant work experience.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12 (48 credits)

Note 1: In this calculation we are making the assumption that a 4-credit graduate-level course at Macquarie is equivalent to a one-semester course in North America. This leads equivalency leads to a rate of credit accumulation (4 courses per semester) that is comparable to many North American programs but lower than that that assumed in the UK where many programs accumulate 180 CATS credits (assumed to be equivalent to 15 one-semester courses) over a year of continuous study. An alternative calculation, based on an 'hours of work" equivalency would give a slightly higher equivalency.

The Macquarie statement of workload, presumably directed primarily at undergraduates where 3-credit courses are the norm (, accessed 17 September 2014) says: 

"At Macquarie University, a 9 or 12 credit-point workload is considered to be full time for one session. There are 3 credit-points to each unit/subject, therefore equating to 3 or 4 units per session. ... To estimate the time required to attend lectures and tutorials (or listen to recorded lectures on Echo360), research at the Library and to complete assignments; you should multiply each credit point of your enrolment by three (3) hours. Therefore for one 3 credit-point unit you should expect to commit nine (9) hours of your time per week to your studies."

This calculation implies that a 4-credit course would require 9 x 4/3 = 12 hours per week, or 144 hours for a 12-week course. This is 144/120 (i.e., 6/5 or 1.2) times that assumed for a one-semester course. This alternative formulation would imply that each Macquarie 4-credit course is equivalent to 1.2 one-semester courses and the number of one-semester course required for completion is 12 x 1.2 = 14.4.

Number of Required Courses: 7 (7 four-credit courses).

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 5 (5 four-credit courses).

Note 2: Some of the elective courses can be considered "required-electives" as described in the PEACO Algorithm. In the Course Map below, those courses marked as 3R/8 are on the list where the requirement is specified as 12 credit points (3 courses) from a list of 8 courses.

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 42

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: Optional.

International Study Required: No.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No information available.

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: No.

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: A full list of available courses is accessible at (accessed 3 September 2014).

Course Material Online: Full course descriptions are available, syllabi are not.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm.   




I. Courses Required and Offered

a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree


b. Number of required courses


c. Number of elective courses taken (a - b)


d. Number of elective courses offered


e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d)


II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills


  - Strategy and Structure


  - Economic Analysis


  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences


  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice


Institutions and Context


  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process


  - Ethics and Accountability


  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts


Management Functions


  - Public Financial Management


  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement


  - Other Management Functions


Policy Sectors


  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


  - International Development


  - Health


  - Other Policy Sectors




III. Number of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies


IV. Ratio of Courses in "NASPAA-required Subjects" taken by

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance


Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process


Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions


Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives


Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry


Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed


V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis


Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy


Quantitative Methods




Source: At and related sites (accessed 4 September 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 5 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 18 September 2014 and by Dave Marshall on 3 April 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program's structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases

Macquarie MPPP Course Map
 C o u r s e s  O f f e r e d,  l i s t e d  b y  P u b l i c  P o l i c y  a n d  M a n a g e m e n t  S u b j e c t

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  POL822 Evidence and Expertise in Policy (R)
  POIR900 Policy Design and Practice (R)

 Economic Analysis

 Quantitative Methods

  POIR901 Research Methods in Politics and International Relations (R)

 Analytic Methods

  HGEO802 Social Impact Assessment and Cross Cultural Negotiation

 Leadership Skills

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  POIR902 Policy Research Project (R)
  POL801 Public Policy Dissertation
  POL835 Internship Project (3R/8)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  POL820 Politics and Policy: Theory and Applications (R)
  POL821 Case Studies in Politics and Policy (3R/8)
  POL831 Political Parties and Policy

 Social and Political Context

  POL826 Gender and Policy (3R/8)
  ANTH800 Applied Anthropology: Why Does Culture Matter?
  ANTH805 Race, Nation and Ethnicity
  ANTH821 Indigenous Interests and Identities
  LAW866 Indigenous Law
  SOC865 Political Economy for Social Policy and Research

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  POL836 Accountability (R)

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  POL802 Comparative Public Policy (R)
  IRPG840 The International System
  IRPG841 Theories of International Relations
  IRPG844 The Asian-Pacific Region and Australia
  IRPG849 International Political Economy
  POL827 Public Policy and International Law
  POL833 Intergovernmental Relations

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  SOC818 Evaluation and the Policy Process

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  ANTH815 Development Theory and Practice

 Social Policy and Welfare

  ANTH818 Anthropology of Human Rights and Intervention
  SOC863 Social Care and Human Services


  POL825 Health Policy (3R/8)
  ANTH816 Culture, Health and Disease


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

  LAW851 Climate Change Law (3R/8)

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

 Policing and Justice Administration

 Arts and Culture

  HGEO808 Heritage and its Management
  LAW859 Heritage Law and Policy

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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