Public Policy and Management

Expert master degree

The Master of Public Policy Management explores the dynamics between governments and emerging issues that affect all levels of government.

Our innovative curriculum provides you with a deeper understanding of management challenges in government, and will equip you to respond to public policy issues. It will also provide you with the skills to drive improved performance across the spectrum of public sector activities.

The course allows you to align your learning to your career aspirations and develop expertise in leadership, strategic management, public service operations and governance.

The course is suited to experienced professionals who are working or aspire to work, in senior roles within the public sector, or who require an understanding of the public sector. We offer small classes to facilitate interactivity and engagement, and your student cohort will provide excellent opportunities to network and learn from peers from a range of backgrounds and jurisdictions. The course is offered in both on and off-campus study mode, with some units offered in intensive block mode to help you balance work and study commitments.

Upon graduation you will also become part of our alumni network employed in senior positions in government and the broader public sector in Australia and overseas.

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For students looking to begin study in 2016

At a glance

Course Details

Location(s): On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
Off-campus: Part time
Duration: 1 or 1.5 years full-time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Qualification: Master of Public Policy and Management

Information about fees

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum entry requirements


Entry level 1: 

Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

Applicants must have completed an Australian bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification and a minimum of two years relevant employment. Applicants will be ranked based on relevant employment experience and their entire academic record, with a credit average preferred.

Students wishing to undertake the research pathway must maintain at least a 70% Weighted Average Mark (WAM) and be accepted for entry by the Course Coordinator and the Higher Degrees Research Director. 

Entry level 2: 

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) with at least a WAM of 55% qualification and a minimum of two years relevant employment. 


Applicants must have completed an Australian degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with at least a WAM of 55% qualification and a minimum of two years relevant employment.


Applicants must have completed an Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with at least a WAM of 55% qualification and a minimum of two years relevant employment.

Credit towards mastery knowledge can only be granted for Level 5 units.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash

Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash


For application closing dates visit the faculty page

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: B6012

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Domestic fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

Course Structure

The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Mastery knowledge and Part B. Application studies. All students complete Part A. Depending upon prior qualifications you may receive credit for part A or part B or a combination of the two.

PART A. Mastery knowledge

These units will provide you with a comprehensive study of core management constructs and the impact they have on decision-making in public sector organisations.  These units will develop your capacity as a critical and creative professional who is able to apply your knowledge of a specialisation to provide effective and sound governance and solutions in public environments.

PART B. Application studies

The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. This could be achieved by selecting complementary units offered across the university or by undertaking specified units which provide a research pathway towards a Doctor of Philosophy course.

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The following progression map(s) shows you a guide of the typical sequencing of units undertaken in this course.

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