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MPP and MPA Programs

Australian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU Crawford)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Crawford School of Public Policy is one of four schools within the Australia National University (ANU) College of Asia & the Pacific.

Curriculum Design: In 2015 the Crawford School introduced its redesigned MPP and MPA programs. The new two-year programs replace the previous one-year programs. Because such radical curriculum redesigns are rare in public affairs programs, we have preserved the previous program design for comparison purposes at Former One-year MPP and MPA Programs at ANU Crawford. Whereas the previous Crawford MPP and MPA programs required only 8 one-semester course equivalents to graduate (among the lowest of the programs reviewed), with 16 courses plus required pre-sessional components equivalent to a one-semester course, the new programs have among the higher course requirements of the programs reviewed. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students in new MPP program will take about 74% of their coursework in policy-oriented subjects and 26% in management-oriented subjects, while the typical students in the new MPA program took about 65% of their coursework in policy-oriented subjects and 35% in management-oriented subjects. Typical MPP and MPA students will take about 15% of their coursework in subjects with high math-economics content. This places both the Crawford new MPP and new MPA in the in the "high course requirement, policy-oriented, lower math-economics content" curricular type, along with such programs as Sydney MPP, Carnegie MSMPP and the Duke MPP. Among peers in its curricular type, the Crawford School has a high proportion of required courses (particularly for the MPA program), a average number of program-specific courses on offer and a high proportion of the coursework of a typical students is in program-specific courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that Crawford MPP and MPA students taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 38 and 31 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies. The largest shortfalls are in Quantitative Methods (12 course-weeks), Evaluation (6 course-weeks) and, for the MPP but not the MPA, Leadership Skills (7 course-weeks).

ANU Crawford is unusual among the programs reviewed to date in providing both learning outcomes (for all courses) and workload projections (for many courses). For a good example, see http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/course/SOCY8004 which states under Workload: "mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars equivalent to 3 hours a week, plus seven hours of independent study" which happens to be precisely the expectation we have proposed for MPP/MPA courses.

Professional Program Features: The Crawford School website references a wide array of practice-oriented activities, including the following research units: Australia-Japan Research Centre; Australia-South Asia Research Centre; Asia Pacific Network for Environmental Governance; Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis; Centre for Climate Economics and Policy; Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy; Children's Policy Centre; China Economy Program; Development Policy Centre; East Asian Bureau of Economic Research; HC Coombs Policy Forum; Indonesia Project; Poverty Research Centre; Social Policy Institute; South Asian Bureau of Economic Research; Tax and Transfer Policy Institute; and the National Security College (NSC). 

Program Summary

Website: https://crawford.anu.edu.au/ and for the MPP and MPA programs: http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUBP and  http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUAD.

University: Australian National University

Location: Canberra, Australia

Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP); Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: "The purpose of the Master of Public Policy is to provide public policy education of international renown for professionals to develop further as leaders in a variety of public sector roles, including public services, third sector organisations or government affairs positions in the private sector. The MPP's scope includes providing students with an introduction to the latest disciplinary policy debates in the social sciences and, with a mixture of theory and practice, to build the analytical tools and knowledge necessary for high quality policy analysis, including design, advocacy, and evaluation, as well as building political and program management capabilities." (At http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUBP, accessed 4 May 2015.)

"The Master of Public Administration program is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organisations responsible for pursuing the public interest. It integrates theory and practice in enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills essential to the management and leadership of public organisations. It does this through various analytical lens that structure, guide and inform an assessment of the complexities and challenges of organising public action within and across the state, market and civil society. The compulsory and elective subjects explore contemporary public issues and dilemmas locally, regionally and globally. The emphasis is on key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration, management and governance, as clustered in terms of people and finance, law and regulation, policy systems, and international governance. The aim throughout is to foster debate and provide comparative insights in addressing the dynamics of continuity and change in government and governance. (At http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUAD, accessed 4 May 2015.) 

Degrees Awarded per Year: The two programs have been substantially redesigned and are accepting their first students in September 2015.

Academic Unit within University: The Crawford School of Public Policy is one of four schools within the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Other Public Policy related programs at the Crawford School include: Master of Climate Change; Master of Environmental Management and Development; Master of Environmental and Resource Economics; Master of International and Development Economics; Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Master of Natural Hazards and Disasters.  Other public policy related programs at the ANU include: Master of Diplomacy; Master of Economic Policy; Master of Government & Commercial Law; Master of Health Economics; Master of Public Health; Graduate Diploma in Public Administration; Graduate Certificate in Public Policy; Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.  The programs are listed at https://crawford.anu.edu.au/degree_programs/content/graduate_programs_as. 

Posted Tuition: For both programs, the annual indicative fee is AU$30,144 for domestic students and AU$36,528 for international students (at http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUBP and http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUAD, accessed 5 May 2015).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary: The MPP requires the completion of two pre-sessional components and then 8 compulsory courses; 1 of two economics courses; 1 of two institutions and policy courses; and 1 of a list of 25 courses. Five MPP specializations will be available (Master of Public Policy specialising in Development Policy; Master of Public Policy specialising in Economic Policy; Master of Public Policy specialising in International Policy; Master of Public Policy specialising in Policy Analysis; Master of Public Policy specialising in Social Policy) although the program website does not yet say whether and when a specialization must be declared, and which courses are required. The MPA requires the completion of two pre-sessional components and then 12 compulsory courses; and 3 out of a list of 13 courses. No specialization is offered within the MPA.

Duration: 2 years (full time)

Academic Prerequisite: The admission requirements and potential credits for prior courses are the same for both programs: a bachelor degree or international equivalent with at least 3 years' work experience in public policy; applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit; applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 17 (96 credits plus two required pre-sessional components deemed equivalent to 0.5 one-semester course each. See Note 1.)

Note 1: The two required pre-sessional components (CRWF6900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy and POGO6900 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis) state that the anticipated workload is "Approximately 30 hours class, with an equivalent number of hours in self study" which is precisely half the 120 hours of in-class plus outside-class study that we deem equivalent to a single one-semester course. 

Number of Required Courses: As noted above and in the Course Map below, the requirements include options from within lists of courses.

Number of Electives Typically Taken: For the MPA, these requirements comprise all but 1 of the 16 courses to graduate; for the MPP, all but 6.

Number of Courses Listed: 55

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 42 (i.e., courses with prefixes CRWF and POGO) 

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Not referenced on program website.

Student-run Journal: Not referenced on program website.

Applied Projects: Not referenced on program website.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on program website.

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUBP and  http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUAD, accessed 5 May 2015.

Course Material Online: One-paragraph course descriptions are found at the links in the Course Map below. 

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. The Course Map for the Previous MPA and Previous MPP programs can be found at Former One-year MPP and MPA Programs at ANU Crawford    

Former

Former

ANU

ANU

ANU

ANU

MPA

MPP

MPA

MPP

Curricular Type Parameters

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

17.0

17.0

8.0

8.0

Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets)

15.3%

14.8%

5.2%

18.6%

Policy-Oriented Subjects

65.3%

74.3%

68.2%

74.9%

Management-Oriented Subjects

34.7%

25.7%

31.8%

25.1%

Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution

Analysis and Skill Subjects

46.5%

32.2%

53.1%

39.7%

  - Policy and Management Analysis

24.0%

14.6%

18.6%

5.2%

  - Economic Analysis

8.5%

7.9%

3.9%

17.3%

 

  - Quantitative  and Analytic Methods

7.2%

8.8%

16.0%

16.0%

  - Leadership and Communication Skills

6.8%

0.9%

14.7%

1.3%

Institutions and Context Subjects

21.2%

24.4%

10.4%

23.8%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

8.7%

11.8%

2.6%

16.0%

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability

3.4%

1.9%

2.6%

2.6%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

9.0%

10.7%

5.2%

5.2%

Management Function Subjects

3.8%

3.8%

3.9%

3.9%

  - Public Financial Management

1.9%

1.9%

2.6%

2.6%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

0.0%

0.0%

1.3%

1.3%

  - Other Management Functions

1.9%

1.9%

0.0%

0.0%

Policy Sector Subjects

28.5%

39.6%

32.6%

32.6%

  - Macroeconomic Policy

6.8%

6.9%

1.3%

1.3%

  - International Development

14.3%

17.6%

7.8%

7.8%

  - Health

1.9%

1.9%

2.6%

2.6%

  - Other Policy Sectors

5.5%

13.2%

20.8%

20.8%

                              Total

100%

100%

100%

100%

Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)

Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student

157

139

70

70

Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement

  - Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks)

31

12

0

-13

  - Economic Analysis (CCR = 12)

5

4

-8

5

  - Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12)

-12

-12

-12

-12

  - Analytic Methods (CCR = 6)

9

12

9

9

  - Leadership Skills (CCR = 9)

5

-7

5

-8

  - Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses)

-3

-3

-3

-3

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18)

0

6

-15

-3

  - Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses)

1

-2

-3

-3

  - Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6)

9

12

-6

-6

  - Global Context (CCR = 3)

1

1

2

2

  - Public Financial Management (CCR = 6)

-2

-2

-3

-3

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6)

-6

-6

-5

-5

  - Human Resource Management (CCR = 3)

-3

-3

-3

-3

  - Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3)

-3

-3

-3

-3

  - Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6)

8

8

-5

-5

  - Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3)

-2

3

1

1

Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls)

-31

-38

-67

-67

Additional Parameters

Total Courses Listed

55

55

49

49

Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs)

16.0

11.0

4.0

4.0

Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP)

41.3%

34.3%

25.1%

38.4%

Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR)

16.4%

20.4%

14.3%

14.3%

 

Source: At https://crawford.anu.edu.au/ and for the MPP and MPA programs: http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUBP and  http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2015/program/MPUAD and related sites (accessed 5 May 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 5 May 2015. 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.

ANU Crawford MPP and MPA Course Map
Courses Offered, listed by Public Policy and Management Subject

Note: The requirements (R) are for the redesigned programs with entry starting in Summer 2015.

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  POGO8062 Public Sector Management (R for MPP and MPA)
  POGO8090 Making and Evaluating Policy (R/2 fo MPP, R for MPA)
  POGO8032 Comparative Public Sector Management (R for MPA)
  POGO8056 People and Performance in Public Organisations (3R/13 for MPA)
  POGO8083 Policy Advocacy (3R/13 for MPA)
  POGO8101 Policy Process and Analysis

 Economic Analysis

  POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking 1 (R/2 for MPP, R for MPA)
  POGO8081 Economics for Government (R/2 for MPP, 3R/13 for MPA)

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

  POGO8096 Research Methods (R for MPP and MPA)
  POGO8023 Empirical Political Analysis 1: Public Opinion
  IDEC8088 Applied Economics: Cost/Benefit Analysis

 Leadership Skills

  POGO8111 Public Sector Leadership (R for MPA)

 Communication Skills

 

Multiple Subjects

 Internships, Major Projects, Theses, Capstones, etc.

  POGO6900 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis (0.5R for MPP and MPA)
  CRWF6900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy (0.5R for MPP and MPA)
  CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change (R for MPP and MPA)
  POGO8055 Case Studies in Public Sector Management (3R/13)
  POGO8035 Research Project
  POGO8102 Selected Themes in Public Policy
  POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  POGO8012 Governance and Institutions (R for MPP and MPA)
  POGO8082 Political Institutions and Policy Processes (R/2 for MPP, 3R/13 for MPA)
  POGO8088 New models for governance: strategy, innovation, decentralisation

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics (3R/13 for MPA)
  POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-corruption (3R/13 for MPA)

 Socioeconomic and Political Context

  POGO8024 Social Policy, Society and Change (R for MPP and MPA)
  POGO8049 Planning and Policy (Population Policy)
  POGO8050 Empirical Political Analysis 2: Political Economy

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  POGO8001 International Dimensions of Public Administration (3R/13 for MPA)
  EURO8003 The European Union: regional integrations in comparative perspective

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  POGO8057 Managing Government Finances (3R/13 for MPA)
  POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

 Information Management and Technology

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  LAWS8034 Law and Regulation (3R/13 for MPA)

 Local Government Management

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  POGO8019 The Economic Way of Thinking 2 (R for MPP and MPA)

 International Development

  POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes (R for MPP and MPA)
  POGO8117 Program Management (R for MPP and MPA)
  POGO8004 Poverty Reduction
  POGO8095 Development Policy and Practice
  IDEC8007 Aid and Development Policy
  ANTH8009 Development in Practice

 Public Finance and Social Policy

  POGO8044 Global Social Policy (3R/13 for MPA)
  POGO8048 Public Finance (3R/13 for MPA)
  POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis
  POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy
  POGO8085 Implementing Social Policy

 Health

  POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World (3R/13 for MPA)
  POPH8103 Introduction to Health Policy and Administration

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

  EMDV8079 International Water Politics
  EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics
  EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics

 Agriculture and Resources

  EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

 Science, Technology and Innovation

 Industry, Trade and Investment

  POGO8015 Services and Investment Policy
  POGO8115 International Negotiations: Challenging the WTO's Food Trading Regime
  POGO8213 The Global Trading System

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges

 Policing and Justice Administration

  ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets


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