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University of Sydney, Graduate School of Government (GSG)

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Program Summary


University: University of Sydney

Location: Sydney, Australia

Degree: MPAdmin (Master of Public Administration)

Marketing Approach: "The Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin) is offered by the Graduate School of Government (GSG) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The MPAdmin is designed for senior public servants of national, state, provincial and local governments and provides a practical educational experience to enhance existing skills.The MPAdmin will give public administrators knowledge and skills enhancement in public administration that will allow graduates to transfer skills from one agency/ministry to another. It is a degree that is relevant to all senior public sector employees. For those who have completed the Graduate Diploma program, the MPAdmin provides the opportunity for students of the GSG to move forward with their studies. Under the MPAdmin program students may want to expand or complement their work based project through further research; or explore their academic interests and develop their career by pursuing studies in their current or new area of specialised knowledge.” (At, accessed 3 September 2014).

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

Academic Unit within University: The Graduate School of Government is a school within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: “Since October 2003, the Graduate School of Government (GSG) has progressively offered a range of unique Sydney programs and courses specially tailored to meet the needs of the NSW Government.” (At, accessed 3 September 2014). The school offers a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration, as well as an Executive Master of Public Administration (profiled in separate file), and short-term executive programs.

Posted Tuition$39,900 AUD for domestic students. International student fee is not available online.

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

Degree Requirements

Summary:  The MPAdmin course consists of eight units of study, four of which are core units. Students completing the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration will complete the four core units, a work-based applied project, and one elective prior to articulating into the MPAdmin, at which point they will complete two more electives to complete the MPAdmin program. International students may also take an internship program as an elective.

Duration: 1 year full-time (international and domestic students), or three years part-time (domestic students only).

Academic Prerequisite:

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 8 (48 credits)

Note 1: We are assuming that 6 University of Sydney credit points are equivalent to a one-semester course in North America. The University web site (, accessed 18 September 2014) states: "A full-time study load is between 18 and 24 credit points per Semester. In order to complete your degree according to the standard timetable, you are expected to complete 24 credit points per Semester." In North America students typically take 4 courses per semester.

Number of Required Courses: 4 (24 credits)

Number of Electives Typically Taken: 4 (24 credits; includes the applied project or internship).

Number of Electives Offered within Program: 112 (as of Fall 2014; at, accessed 3 September 2014). For international students, this number is 113 as international students are also permitted to take an internship as an elective. Please note that candidates can also take courses outside of the school, with administrative approval.

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: Yes, required only of international students.

International Study Required: No.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Yes, including a mentoring program (mentors are experienced practitioners).

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: Yes, required only of students progressing from the Graduate Diploma in Public Administration to the MPAdmin and of domestic students who are not completing the internship.

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: Information on core courses is available at (accessed 3 September 2014). Information on elective courses is available at (accessed 3 September 2014).

Course Material Online: Full course information including online syllabi are available for core courses.

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 5 September 2014).

Page Created By: Dave Marshall on 5 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 8 September 2014 and 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

Sydney GSG MPAdmin 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

  GSOG6001: Policy in Practice: Delivering Public Value (R)
  GSOG6003: Strategic Administration (R)
  GOVT6311 Issues in Public Policy

 Economic Analysis

  ECON5001 Microeconomic Theory
  ECON6001 Microeconomics Analysis 1
  ECOP6103 Strategic Debates on Economic Change

 Quantitative Methods

  GOVT6139 Research Design

 Analytic Methods

  EDPA5001 Organisational Theory, Managemnt & Admin
  EDPA6016 Organisations as Learning Communities
  GOVT6331 Public Management and Governance
  IBUS5002 Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  IBUS6002 Cross-Cultural Management
  IBUS6018 Business Negotiations
  MKTG5001 Marketing Principles
  MKTG6003 Marketing Strategy
  MKTG6005 Marketing Communications
  PACS6913 Conflict in Organisations
  PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice
  PMGT5871 Project Process Planning and Control
  PMGT5873 Project Economics and Finance
  PMGT5875 Project Innovation Management
  PMGT5876 Strategic Delivery of Change
  PMGT5877 Management of Project Organisations
  PMGT5879 Strategic Portfolio & Program Management
  PMGT5888 Global Project Management
  PMGT5891 Project Risk Management
  PMGT6869 Advanced Knowledge in Project Management
  WORK6111 Management Consulting

 Leadership Skills

  GSOG6002: Public Sector Leadership (R)

 Communication Skills

  ARTS7000 Academic Communication for Postgraduates
  ENGL6946 Writing in Professional Contexts A
  MECO6901 Dealing with the Media
  MECO6912 Political Public Relations

 Professional Practice

  GSOG6007 Research Project

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  GOVT6319 Governance and Public Policy Making
  LAWS6011 Administrative Law

 Social and Political Context

  MECO6913 Public Opinion, Policy and Public Sphere

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  GOVT6301 Public Sector Ethics and Corruption

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

  CHSC6909 Government and Public Services in China
  CISS6002 Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
  ECOP6016 China in the World Economy
  GOVT6116 International Organisations
  GOVT6123 Globalisation and Governance
  LAWS6167 International Law II
  LAWS6243 International Law I

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  GSOG6004: Managing Public Expenditure (R)
  ACCT5001 Accounting Principles
  PMGT5889 Integrated Cost and Scheduling Control

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

 Human Resource Management

  WORK5002 People, Work and Employment
  WORK5003 Management and Organisations
  WORK6001 Organisational Analysis and Behaviour
  WORK6002 Strategic Management
  WORK6017 Human Resource Strategies
  WORK6026 Organisational Change and Development
  WORK6030 Performance and Rewards

 Information Management and Technology

  INFS5001 Project Management
  INFO5990 Professional Practice in IT
  INFO5992 Understanding IT Innovations
  INFS6001 Managing Information and Systems
  INFO6007 Project Management in IT

 Program and Service Delivery

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  MKTG6206 Regulatory Environment and Ethics

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

  GOVT6156 Governance and Civil Society

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

  ECON5002 Macroeconomic Theory
  ECON6002 Macroeconomics Analysis 1
  LAWS6112 Law of Tax Administration
  LAWS6926 The Business of Tax Administration

 International Development

  ECON6016 Trade and Development

 Social Policy and Welfare

  EDPA6018 Social Policy Process
  IBUS6016 Social Entrepreneurship
  LAWS6161 International Human Rights
  SCWK6902 Social Research


  HPOL5000 Introduction to Health Policy
  HPOL5001 Economics and Finance for Health Policy
  HPOL5003 Analysing Health Policy
  HPOL5007 Global Health Policy
  LAWS6877 Mental Illness: Law and Policy
  PUBH5017 Public Health Program Evaluation
  PUBH5114 Alcohol, Drug Use and Health
  PUBH5302 Health Economic Evaluation
  PUBH5416 Vaccines in Public Health
  SUST5004 Populations and Health


 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

 Environment and Sustainability

  ECON6018 Environmental Economics
  GOVT6135 Global Environmental Politics
  LAWS6044 Environmental Law and Policy
  LAWS6045 Environmental Planning Law
  LAWS6893 Environmental Criminology: Space & Place
  SUST5001 Introduction to Sustainability
  SUST5002 Food and Water Security
  SUST5005 Policy and Sustainability
  SUST5006 Sustainability, Society and Change

 Agriculture and Resources

 Science, Technology and Innovation

  INFO5991 Services Science Management and Eng

 Industry, Trade and Investment

 Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

  SUST5003 Energy and Resources
  TPTM6240 Public Transport Policy and Planning
  TPTM6450 Transport Policy
  TPTM6470 Sustainable Transport & Logistic Systems

 Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

  CISS6001 New Security Challenges
  CISS6003 Business and Security
  CISS6004 Health and Security
  CISS6006 Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
  CISS6008 Population and Security
  GOVT6119 International Security
  LAWS6856 Anti-Terrorism Law

 Policing and Justice Administration

  LAWS6032 Crime Research and Policy
  LAWS6034 Criminal Liability
  LAWS6035 Criminal Procedures
  LAWS6048 Explaining Crime
  LAWS6066 Discretion in Criminal Justice
  LAWS6197 Policing Australian Society
  LAWS6970 Forensic Psychology
  LAWS6985 Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice

 Arts and Culture

 Financial Markets

 Other Policy Sectors

  LAWS6985 Indigenous Peoples and Criminal Justice

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