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Master of Public Policy and Management

Course Description

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.

Visit the website http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/public-policy-and-management-b6012?domestic=true

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.

For more information visit the faculty website - http://www.study.monash/media/links/faculty-websites/business-and-economics

About us

The Department of Management comprises the largest grouping of management researchers in Australia. Our main research strengths include organisational behaviour, leadership, human resource management, work and employment relations, ethics, operations and supply chain, and public management and governance.

Our research informs our teaching and makes a significant contribution to the body of management knowledge and has beneficial impacts on individuals, organisations and society.

In the latest Federal Government's 'Excellence in Research for Australia' (ERA 2012) assessment, we were rated 'above world standard', for our research in management. Researchers regularly publish in top ranked A and A* journals.

We are currently working on research projects supported by more than $2 million in external funding. In the last five years researchers have won significant funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage Schemes, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Australian Aid (AusAid) programs. These projects are focused on key issues both in Australia and overseas.

Three academic groups manage our learning and teaching:

- Human Resource Management and Employment Relations
- Governance, Leadership and Organisation
- International Business, Operations and Strategy

Our teaching programs in Human Resource Management have been accredited by the Australian Human Resources Institute after a rigorous process of validation.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.study.monash/courses/find-a-course/2016/public-policy-and-management-b6012?domestic=true#making-the-application

Visit the Master of Public Policy and Management page on the Monash University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Blake Cansdale

The course was offered full-time via distance learning, which provided me with the flexibility required to undertake the program without changing my job or location. The lecturers have been incredibly responsive to my needs as a distance learning student, with effective communication and support being delivered through the online student management portal (MOODLE).

Through this course, I hope to better understand the myriad of internal managerial challenges and broader systemic factors that impact on the success or failure of public sector organisations. I am confident that my master's experience will equip me with a range of managerial and analytical skills necessary to meet the complex challenges that face senior level management in the public sector today.

The Master of Public Policy and Management encourages students to appreciate the impact of a vast array of economic, social, political and cultural factors on the operations of public sector organisations. I am gaining an appreciation of the broader systems of governance, necessary to navigate the increasingly complex matrix of the before mentioned factors. It is pertinent in today's increasingly complex and global society, that public sector managers possess a wide range of managerial and analytical skills.

One of the biggest surprises from my master's so far happened recently when I completed a unit on public sector financial management, which was very unfamiliar territory for me. Having no previous exposure and very little interest in economics or public sector financing, I was obviously concerned about undertaking such a unit. I am pleased to say, not only did I thoroughly enjoy the content, but I feel as though the unit really enhanced my appreciation of public sector operations on a broader scale. The unit has allowed me to effectively engage in workplace discussions regarding government funding changes and internal financial operations.

Although I am yet to begin my career in management, I am currently employed in a community organisation where I work closely with the CEO. This proximity to senior management has provided me with an opportunity to address issues of strategic management and planning, financial management, human resource management and policy development. Since undertaking my studies at Monash Business School, I find myself thinking about SBS's internal operations, as well as broader funding, policy and public relations issues in much greater detail.


Team Monash Elite Student Performer Scheme - No. of awards TBC

The Team Monash Elite Student Performer Scheme is designed to support talented students studying at Monash to represent the University in the areas of Sport, Performing Arts and related disciplines. This program aims to assist students who perform at a state level or higher. Students must represent the University in a Monash Club/Society or at the Inter-University (Varsity) competitions and activities.Benefits:
- $100 to $1000 one-off payment and/or a Monash Sport gym membership.
- Dependant on the sport, the level played and the funding available.Selection
- Must be competing regularly in your discipline, at the highest level in your state, or above.
- Representation of Monash University in your sport (e.g. club, Monash University Club, Monash Australian University Games or Varsity Callenge).
- Your current and past performance in your elected discipline.
- Level at which your sport is played.Retention
- You must maintain satisfactory sporting performance, as determined by TeamMONASH.
- You must regularly represent Monash University in your discipline and participate in the Australian University Games.
- You must not be in receipt of regular payments from other funding bodies for your discipline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

$100 to $1000


- Australian or New Zealand citizen, holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or permanent humanitarian visa or an international student.
- Commencing or continuing undergraduate or postgraduate student enrolled at a Monash campus in Australia, including Monash College.
- Involved in a non-professional sport, performing arts or similar, as recognised by Team Monash.

Application Procedure

You must submit an application form directly to TeamMONASH (http://www.monash.edu/teammonash/talented-student-support/elite-scheme) via their Elite Student Performer Scheme

Further Information



Faculty of Business and Economics Indigenous Scholarship - 2 Awards

- Based on academic achievement and need.
- Where possible, one scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate/postgraduate student.Retention:
You must maintain satisfactory academic performance as determined by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition fees paid per year


- Indigenous Australian background.- Commencing student in an undergraduate or graduate/postgraduate (coursework) degree in the Faculty of Business and Economics at a Monash campus in Australia.- Consideration is given if you experience forms of disadvantageThis is an external link such as:financial disadvantage
difficult circumstances
disability or medical condition
from a regional or remote area of Australia- attended an under-represented school.

Application Procedure

Find out more about application information (http://www.monash.edu.au/students/scholarships/applications.html)

Further Information



Business and Economics Indigenous Study Support Scholarship - 5 Awards

Based on need.
Where possible, bursaries will be awarded across both undergraduate and graduate/postgraduate programs.Retention:
You must maintain satisfactory academic performance as determined by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- Indigenous Australian background.- Commencing or continuing student in an undergraduate or graduate/postgraduate (coursework) degree in the Faculty of Business and Economics at a Monash campus in Australia.- Consideration is given if you experience forms of disadvantage such as:financial disadvantage
difficult circumstances
disability or medical condition
from a regional or remote area of Australia
attended an under-represented school.

Application Procedure

Find out more about application information for:
- commencing students (http://www.study.monash/fees-scholarships/scholarships/applications)
- current students (http://www.monash.edu.au/students/scholarships/applications.html)

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Completion of an Australian bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification or an Executive Certificate awarded by the Faculty of Business and Economics 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. English requirements for international students: Minimum overall test score required is 6.5. The individual band scores required: reading 6.0, listening 6.0, writing 6.0, speaking 6.0, or TOEFL 600 with a TWE of 5, or an internet-based TOEFL score of 100 with 24 plus in writing and no section lower than 20.

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