Master of Public Administration

1.5-2 years full-time, Parkville Campus - International students.


The Master of Public Administration offers aspiring leaders a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration. It is a unique cross-faculty program that is exclusively available to experienced professionals.

If you are looking to update your knowledge, enhance your professional expertise, or embark on a change of career, the globally-focused, interdisciplinary MPA will foster the contemporary skill set needed to achieve your career goals whether they be in the public, private or community sector.

The MPA is specifically designed for working professionals. All subjects are taught entirely in block mode during evenings and weekends, allowing a high degree of flexibility. The program can be undertaken both full-time or part-time, meaning participants can have more control over their workload and hours.

Specialist Certificate in Public Administration

This certificate is a 25 point program consisting of two subjects from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and is taught intensively, allowing you to maintain work and home commitments. The tuition fees for the program in 2016 is $7,800. Students who successfully complete the Specialist Certificate may be eligible to continue on towards the MPA and receive credit for the subjects already completed. You can read more about the certificate and the course outlines on the Specialist Certificate in Public Administration web page.

Atlas Program Rankings 2015

The University of Melbourne MPA has been ranked 4th in the world by proportion of management-oriented subjects.

Extend your studies with our Enhanced MPA

Our 2 year full-time program allows you the opportunity to enrich your educational experience by undertaking an additional four elective subjects. This extends the study time of our standard MPA by one semester, and allows you to pursue a specialist interest in public administration in areas such as Law, Economics, Development or International Politics.

Alternatively, you may prefer to expand your studies to cover a broader range of topics relevant to your interests. Working with the MPA Director, you can tailor a program that accesses the full breadth of offerings from The University of Melbourne.

For more information please read our Master of Public Administration (Enhanced) handbook entry (CRICOS code: 080150A).

If you would like to personally speak to the Master of Public Administration Course Coordinator, please feel free to email Professor Janine O'Flynn.

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You will have the opportunity to

  • Sharpen your skill-set through core studies in key areas including public financial management, law, governing, ethics, understanding evidence and managing effectively with an option to complete electives overseas as part of our Study Abroad program;

  • Complement the range of practical core subjects you study with a wide range of inter-disciplinary electives, tailored to suit your intellectual interests and professional aspirations. Your mentors will assist you in constructing a multi-discipline study plan combining theory and practice to fit your goals, building your skills in the area of policy you want to focus on;

  • Learn through the expertise and experience of your varied international cohort and reflect on the experience of like-minded professionals from different contexts, who face similar challenges;

  • Select an Executive Internship placement at a national or international public sector organisation; or partake in a group syndicate project with academic and practitioner mentors to discuss practical challenges and formulate a series of policy recommendations; or complete a minor thesis option to pursue a research direction you have a special interest in.

Fee bursaries for international students

The Melbourne School of Government has a number of bursaries to award in 2015 to commencing students in the following programs – Master of Public Administration, Master of International Relations, Master of Public Policy and Management, and Master of Development Studies. The bursaries will be awarded based on academic merit.

Eligible international applicants will be automatically considered for an MSoG bursary which provides a one-off grant of $5000, to help you meet the costs associated with graduate study. There are 4 bursaries available for the Asia region, and 4 available for the North America region.

For more information please make an enquiry on this page.

Australia Award opportunities

The Melbourne School of Government welcomes recipients of Australia Award Scholarships (AAS) for all of our Masters and Research programs.

Go to the Office of Graduate Studies page to find out more about:
  • Our services for AAS students
  • How to apply
  • Our AAS student profiles

Learn more about the MPA through our online webinar

Janine webinar

Professor Janine O'Flynn conducted an online presentation and seminar for prospective students of the Melbourne School of Government's MPA program. If you missed the webinar, you can watch Prof O'Flynn talking about the Master of Public Administration and the Melbourne School of Government via Adobe Connect.

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