Programme Overview

Enhancing skills, advancing careers

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is an interdisciplinary two-year degree covering the broad field of public policy and administration in a global context.

A two-year programme with a big emphasis on real world experience.


What differentiates the MPA from other one year masters is the applied nature of the programme.
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The MPA curriculum puts special emphasis on rigorous empirical training in core subjects, such as economics, econometrics and political science; it also requires specialisation applied to a substantive policy area. Only a two-year degree can offer this depth of study and the combination of methodological discipline and practical application.

The MPA is a challenging, professional programme. Students have an opportunity to apply disciplinary knowledge and methods to practical policy issues and problems. The Capstone project is a highlight of the MPA, allowing students to collaborate with external organisations to address a real-life policy issue. As such, the MPA provides students with the knowledge and skill base that are essential for a successful career in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

Our graduates have chosen a variety of careers options in government departments and agencies, private sector consultancies, international organisations and think tanks.

Learn more about the MPA curriculum and its policy streams.