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MPP and MPA Programs

Victoria University of Wellington, School of Government (SOG)

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The School of Government is an academic unit within the Victoria Business School in the Victoria University of Wellington. "The School of Government was launched by the Rt Hon Helen Clark in September 2002 and is 'the' place in New Zealand to study our flagship professional qualifications in public policy, public management, and e-Government." (At http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/study/professional-programmes, accessed 16 February 2015.) 

Curriculum Design: The Victoria Wellington MPP and MPM degrees are both 12 one-semester-course-equivalent programs which include a dissertation. Typical students in both programs take about 70% of their course work in subjects that we classify as Tools and Skills or Management Functions and about 11% and 2% respectively of their study is in economic or quantitative courses. This places both Victoria Wellington degrees in the "low course requirement, less economic/quantitative, tools/management leaning" curriculum type, along with such programs as the UPenn MPA and the Canberra MPA. For a program of this length, Victoria SOG has a greater than average number of elective courses taught within the school. The elective course mix is influenced by the related degrees being offered in the school, particularly the recently created Master of e-Government. 

A comparison of the Victoria Wellington MPP and MPM is interesting because of the recent curriculum review where "because of the increasing interconnection of management and policy practice in public sectors, the public management and public policy qualifications have been redesigned to overlap where appropriate (foundation and elective courses) and yet to retain their separate specialisations (core courses)" (At http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/study/professional-programmes/mpp, accessed 16 February 2015)." The revised offerings provide one recent answer to the longstanding question of the difference between an MPP and an MPA (or MPM). The Victoria Wellington answer lies in six courses. The two degrees have very similar course offerings and requirements with the exception that MPP students are required to take Policy Analysis and Advising, Economics and Policy, and Policy Workshop whereas MPM students are required to take Managing Public Resources, Managing People in the Public Sector, and Leading Change in Public and Community Organisations.  

Professional Program Features: The program website does not detail its professional program features but the Prospectus notes that the school is geographically located at the centre of the national government and that it has close links with the central and line agencies of central government. It also  works closely with the New Zealand Society of Local Government Managers (SOLGM), Local  Government New Zealand (LGNZ) and with many councils throughout the country. In recent  years, the School has also started forging relationships with community sector organisations belonging to groups like the Association of Non-Government Organisations of Aotearoa (ANGOA) and the New Zealand Council of Social Services (NZCOSS).  

Program Summary

Website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/study/professional-programmes/mpp

University: Victoria University of Wellington

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of Public Management (MPM)

Marketing Approach: "The Master of Public Policy degree is designed for policy analysts and advisors engaged in policy analysis, development and evaluation in the public and non-government sectors. The programme helps develop students' policy analysis skills and offer advice to assist decision-makers. Students learn practical problem-solving skills and techniques drawing on concepts and frameworks from economics, politics, philosophy and law, and how they can be applied to specialised areas including social policy and local government, health and education." (At http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/study/professional-programmes/mpp, accessed 16 February 2015.)

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

Academic Unit within University: The School of Government is an academic unit within the Victoria Business School in the Victoria University of Wellington.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: The Victoria University’s School of Government works with agencies of government in New Zealand to provide, broker and facilitate access to the best resources for professional, management and organisational development available in the tertiary sector in New Zealand. Professional education degrees – the Master of Public Management (MPM), Master of Public Policy (MPP) and Master of e-Government (MEGov) - are the school’s flagship degrees. The MPP was first offered in 1975 and the MPM in 1997. The Master of E-Government (MEGov) is a new degree, first offered in 2014.  

Posted Tuition: The tuition for domestic students is charged on a per point basis. PADM courses are $122.61 per point so a 180-point program is roughly $22,070 in local currency or $16,552 in US$ at February 2015 exchange rates (at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/documents/policy/finance/fees-statute-2015-appendix-a.pdf, accessed 14 February 2015).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview

MPP and MPM Degree Requirements

Summary: "2015 sees the introduction of exciting new developments in our Public Management and Public Policy Master’s degrees... Following extensive internal and external reviews, including consultation with the public sector, the structures and contents of these qualifications have been significantly revised. Most importantly, because of the increasing interconnection of management and policy practice in public sectors, the public management and public policy qualifications have been redesigned to overlap where appropriate (foundation and elective courses) and yet to retain their separate specialisations (core courses).

"The MPP is designed for policy analysts and advisors engaged in policy analysis, development and evaluation in the public and non-government sectors, and aims to develop and improve participants’ skills and competencies in these fields. Participants learn practical problem-solving skills and techniques drawing on theories, concepts and frameworks, models and methods from economics, politics and a range of additional disciplines, and their application to specialised policy areas...

The MPM is designed for those aspiring to, or already in, management in the public and nongovernment sectors. The courses allow students to enhance their understanding of the theory and practice of public management, upgrade their personal skills and competencies as a manager and develop ways of improving practice in their organisations. Governance and public sector reform, managing strategy and achieving results, managing budgets, finances and organisational capital, planning, service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, managing and leading people and achieving desired change and much more are all covered in the degree." (Prospectus, page 6, 7)

The Master of Public Policy consists of courses totalling 180 points. For part-time students, the MPP is usually completed in six trimesters over three years, taking two courses per trimester, while full-time students usually complete in three-four trimesters over two years, taking three-four courses per trimester. Students can choose to enter directly into their desired qualification or can 'staircase' their studies (complete the Postgraduate Certificate, then complete the Postgraduate Diploma, then complete the Master's degree).

Duration: 3 to 4 trimesters. "For part-time students, the MPP (or MPM) is usually completed in six trimesters over three years, taking two courses per trimester, while full-time students usually complete in three-four trimesters over two years, taking three-four courses per trimester." (At http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/study/professional-programmes/mpp, accessed 15 February 2015.)

Academic Prerequisite: Same for both degrees: a Bachelor's degree and two years of relevant work experience (with potential for waiver).

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 12 (See Note 1)

For MPP: GOVT 501, 502, 503 (foundation MPP/MPM  courses); GOVT 562 (Research Paper, worth 2 course-credits); GOVT 521, 522, 523, 524 (core MPP courses); 3 elective courses.

For MPM: GOVT 501, 502, 503 (foundation MPP/MPM courses); GOVT 562 (Research Paper, worth 2 course-credits); GOVT 511, 512, 513, 514 (core MPM courses); 3 elective courses.

Note 1: We are treating a standard 15-point course as equivalent to a one-semester course. This is consistent with our treatment of UK Master's programs which also use a 180 point degree. Courses at Victoria SOG are delivered in one of three formats: modular, intensive, or weekly. The first specifies that each course "includes 24 hours of structured course time" and the second specifies that it includes "a minimum of 24 hours contact." (Prospectus, page 13.)  

Number of Required Courses: 9

Number of Electives Typically Taken (difference between above two entries): 3

Number of Electives Offered within Program: xx.

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: Yes

Internship Required: Elective

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: No

Student-run Journal: No

Applied Projects: No

Pro Bono Consulting: No

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at xxx, accessed 14 February 2015.

Course Material Online: One-sentence course descriptions are found in the Prospectus and many syllabi can be found at http://www.victoria.ac.nz/vbs/studenthelp/course-outlines. In the Course Map below, the courses linked to syllabi are indicated with an asterisk (*).  

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.   

Victoria

Victoria

MPP

MPM

I. Courses Required and Offered

Number of one-semester courses required for degree

12

12

Number of required courses

9

9

Number of elective courses taken

3

3

Number of courses offered

30

30

Enrolment weight of elective courses

0.10

0.10

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

     Domains and Subjects

Tools and Skills

60.0%

42.0%

  - Strategy and Structure

25.0%

25.0%

  - Economic Analysis

11.0%

2.0%

 

  - Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences

13.0%

4.0%

  - Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice

11.0%

11.0%

Institutions and Context

26.0%

26.0%

  - Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

14.0%

14.0%

  - Ethics and Accountability

1.0%

1.0%

  - Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts

11.0%

11.0%

Management Functions

10.0%

28.0%

  - Public Financial Management

0.0%

0.0%

  - Evaluation and Performance Measurement

2.0%

11.0%

  - Other Management Functions

8.0%

17.0%

Policy Sectors

4.0%

4.0%

  - Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy

0.0%

0.0%

  - International Development

1.0%

1.0%

  - Health

1.0%

1.0%

  - Other Policy Sectors

2.0%

2.0%

                              Total

100%

100%

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

      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

2.84

3.83

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

2.12

2.57

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

3.30

2.40

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.79

0.80

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.78

1.50

Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies

10.83

11.10

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

      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency

Lead and Manage in Public Governance

1.58

2.14

Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process

0.98

1.19

Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions

0.88

0.64

Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives

1.19

0.53

Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry

0.99

1.89

Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed

1.08

1.11

V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative

      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student

Economic Analysis

1.32

0.24

Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy

0.00

0.00

Quantitative Methods

0.00

0.00

Total

1.32

0.24

Ratio of Quantitative Courses to Total Courses Required

11.0%

2.0%

Sum of Tools and Skills and Management Functions

70.0%

70.0%

Source: At  http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sog/study/professional-programmes/mpp and related sites (accessed 16 February 2015).

Page Created By: Ian Clark on 16 February 2015 and edited 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.

Victoria School of Government MPP and MPM 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

Required courses for both MPP and MPM marked by (R); for MPP marked by (R - MPP); and for MPM marked by (R - MPM)
Courses linked to syllabi are indicated with an asterisk (*)

Analysis and Skills

 Policy and Management Analysis

  GOVT 503 Policy and Management Practice (R)
  GOVT 522 Policy Analysis and Advising (R - MPP)
  GOVT 511 Managing for Results (R - MPM)
  GOVT 518 Comparative Public Management
  PADM 501 Delivering Public Value
  PADM 502 Desiging Public Policies and Programmes
  PADM 515 Managing in Public Sector Organisations

 Economic Analysis

  GOVT 521 (and PADM 508) Economics and Policy* (R - MPP)
  MAPP 531 Economics

 Quantitative Methods

 Analytic Methods

  GOVT 523 Policy Methods and Practice (R - MPP)
  GOVT 561 Research Methods and Design
  PADM 504 Decision Making under Uncertainty
  EGOV 520 Introduction to Research in the Public Sector*

 Leadership Skills

  GOVT 514 Leading Change in Public and Community Organisations (R - MPM)

 Communication Skills

 Professional Practice

  GOVT 524 Policy Workshop (R - MPP)

Institutions and Context

 Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

  GOVT 501 Government and Governing (R)
  GOVT 539 Politics, Philosophy and Public Policy
  GOVT 540 Contemporaty Issues in Policy and Governance
  GOVT 541 Law in the Public Sector
  MAPP 524 Institutions and the Policy Process*

 Ethics, Rights and Accountability

  GOVT 534 Public Integrity

 Social and Political Context

  GOVT 502 State, Economy and Society (R)
  PADM 503 Choices and Challenges for Government in a Market Economy
  PADM 509 Politics, Philosophy and Public Policy*

 Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

 Public Financial Management

  GOVT 512 Managing Public Resources (R - MPM)
  PADM 507 Financial Management in the Public Sector*

 Evaluation and Performance Measurement

  GOVT 533 Monitoring and Evaluation

 Human Resource Management

  GOVT 513 Managing People in the Public Sector (R - MPM)

 Information Management and Technology

  GOVT 532 e-Government
  EGOV 502 e-Government, Public Sector Reform and Good Governance
  EGOV 503 Managing ICT-enabled Forms of Public Engagement

 Program and Service Delivery

  GOVT 535 Contracting, Procurement and Collaboration
  EGOV 501 Managing Service Transformation*

 Regulatory Policy and Management

  GOVT 536 Regulatory Policy

 Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

 Macroeconomic Policy

 International Development

  GOVT 519 Development Policy and Management

 Social Policy and Welfare

 Health

  GOVT 537 Health Policy and Management

 Education

 Employment, Labour and Immigration

 Cities, Urban and Regional Development

  GOVT 531 Local Government

 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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