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MPP and MPA Programs

University of Canberra, School of Government and Policy (SGP) - MPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: TO COME

Curriculum Design: The MPA program is a 1.5-year, full-time program, directed at students with at least two years professional experience. It has 6 one-semester course equivalents of required courses and 6 electives. Like many MPA programs, it tilts towards management rather than policy analysis, with a research methods rather than analytical methods course. As would be expected from an MPA degree, the Canberra program has a relatively high proportion of instruction in the Management Functions domain (24% compared Melbourne at 15%, Victoria BC at 18%, and Dalhousie at 30%) and a relatively low proportion of instruction in the Policy Sectors domain (4% compared with the Harvard MPP at 22%, Oxford at 23% and Queen's at 20%, Toronto at 24%, and Carleton at 34%). It is in the mid range in the proportion of instruction in the Institutions and Contexts domain (20% compared with Harvard at 23%, Berkeley at 9%, Dalhousie at 17%, Toronto at 31%, Carleton at 23%, Queen's at 25%, Calgary at 35%). It is in the upper range for and the Tools and Skills for Public Management domain (53% compared with, for example, 68% at Simon Fraser, 74% at Berkeley and 52% at Harvard, and 44% at Toronto). See Curriculum Comparisons Tables, accessed 6 April 2014.

Professional Program Features: TO COME

Program Summary


University: University of Canberra

Location: UC Bruce Campus, Canberra, Australia

Degree: Master of Public Administration (MPA),

Marketing Approach: "The course is designed for graduates who wish to deepen their knowledge in the area of public administration to develop the capabilities of those seeking to be top-level managers in the public sector, in particular. The course also emphasises a strategic approach to management to equip managers with the skills and insights required to manage change in the increasingly complex public sector." At, accessed 6 April 2014. 

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

Academic Unit within University: School of Government & Policy is within the Faculty of Business, Government & Law

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The faculty's graduate programs are listed, by graduate unit, at  The degrees most closely related to the MPA include: dual MPA program with a Master in Management, Graduate Certificate in Public Administration, Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, and Executive Master in Public Administration.

Posted Tuition: $26,385 tuition and fees for all three semesters for an MPA for domestic students entering in 2013 and $37,485 tutition and fees for all three semesters for an MPA for international students.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

Master in Public Policy (MPA)

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary: The Master of Public Administration is a coursework degree, based on three semesters of full time study or equivalent part-time study. It is taught using a combination of flexible delivery with traditional teaching methods comprising lectures, tutorials and workshops. A number of units are available in intensive mode. The course structure allows for the development of a professional body of knowledge plus some flexibility to construct a program around particular interests, such as human resource management.

Duration: 3 full-time semesters.

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants must have a degree or equivalent in a relevant field as approved by the University's Admissions Committee and not less than 2 years of relevant work experience prior to admission.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12, of which at least 4 courses must be at PG Level. Note 1: Most courses are 6 credit points, which we take to be equivalent to one semester of study.

Number of Required Courses: 6

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 6

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 13

Comprehensive Examination: None

Thesis Required: None

Internship Required: None

International Study Required: No, but the MPA is offered at the Royal Institute of Management campus in Bhutan.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: None

Student-run Journal: None

Applied Projects: None

Pro Bono Consulting: None

Courses Offered: The full list of 2013-2014 courses is found at: In the Course Map below, required courses are indicated by (R).

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions but no syllabi are available to the public online.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Canberra Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment based on the number of elective sections offered (14) and number of electives typically taken (6), is displayed below. [See note on 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)


Number of Weeks (Classes) per Course


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


  - Social, Political, Global and Local 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


Source: At (accessed 5 April 2014).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 5 April 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 6 April 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.

Canberra SGP 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

  6268: Public Policy PG (R)
  6277: Strategic Management PG (R)
  8558: Public Admin at the Interface PG (R)

 Economic Analysis

  6234: Economics for Managers G

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

  6264: Organisational Behaviour G
  6270: Research Methods PG

 Leadership Skills

  7776: Managing Change and Innovation PG (R)

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  6254: Management Dissertation PG
  6256: Management Project PG

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  6426: Governance in Business and Government PG
  8556: Public Administration G (R)

 Social and Political Context

  6239: Identity Politics & Public Policy PG

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  6255: Management Ethics PG

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  6260: Managing Government Finance G (R)

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  7777: Organisational Performance G

 Human Resource Management

  6238: Human Resource Management G

 Information Management and Technology

  7548: Sociology of Technology and Work G

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  6259: Managers & the Law G

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  6232: Development Management PG

 Social Policy and Welfare



 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

 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

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

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