Executive Master of Public Administration


The Public Administration coursework program at Sydney is an executive management and leadership program and designed for governments, departments, agencies and non-government organisations (NGO) to meet their workforce planning needs.

The courses offered are public sector professional development programs for public sector and NGO managers to develop the right capabilities to become effective leaders in a modern public service or NGO environment. The program develops leaders with knowledge grounded in policy, public sector management, strategic government and public expenditure management within a whole of government framework.

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the course rules in this Handbook for information on the specific admission requirements for different coursework award courses.

Executive Master of Public Administration
To qualify for the award of the Executive Master of Public Administration a candidate must complete 72 credit points, including:

  • 6 credit points of core units of study
  • 36 credit points of selective units of study
  • 12 credit points of capstone units of study, and
  • a maximum of 18 credit points of elective units of study selected from the list of recommended electives.
Learning outcomes
No. Learning outcome
1 Understand public value creation, how this is shaped by action as well as political dynamics within the public sector, the process of governing and broader community interaction.
2 Evaluate the role of government in supporting private markets to deliver fair and efficient outcomes for society and how decisions, policies and interventions are influenced by market forces.
3 Critically analyse government responses to contemporary public problems and identify alternative, innovative and more beneficiary centric solutions.
4 Critically appraise data and evaluate all evidence, without bias, to make complex decisions at both a macro and micro level.
5 Understand the ethical, systematic and environmental challenges of effectively leading for inclusivity, and managing in the public sector.
6 Develop an understanding of a variety of legal frameworks, regulation and administrative processes, and how to effectively develop and operate public sector services in a democracy governed by law.
7 Understand the key financial resource management practices that underpin and drive public policy-making and decisions.
8 Evaluate and reflect on what effective leadership means in an ever changing public sector.
9 Solve complex real world problems in a multidisciplinary and diverse team.
10 Independently research and apply various research methods in order to make informed decisions or make recommendations.
11 Communicate complex ideas with clarity, to diverse audiences in a variety of modes.
12 Understand the distinctive and evolving characteristics of Westminster systems of government.
Contacts and further information

Professor Gaby Ramia
Phone: +61 2 9036 5236