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Globally recognised qualification

Griffith University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) is focused on developing skills in governance, public management and policy making. It is geared to advancing career outcomes in the public, private and community sectors. Our expert teaching team includes academic staff with experience in a variety of governmental roles, and those at the cutting edge of public sector research and analysis.

The MPA addresses key political, legal and governance structures; methods and strategies for conducting policy research to inform decision making; innovations in financial management, service delivery, ethics and accountability; relationships between government, business and community sectors; and the impact of regional and global pressures on public policy and management.

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Study public administration at Griffith

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Gain a management perspective

Griffith’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) provides the necessary combination of leadership, management and analytical skills to advance your career, both within the public sector and in the increasingly important interface between public, private and community sectors.

Our on-campus MPA is offered in a series of intensive and regular seminar offerings to ensure a high-quality learning experience. Our online program is designed for busy and/or remotely located students, and places strong emphasis on both flexible delivery and student engagement.

Learn from the best

Our government and international relations staff have an international reputation for research excellence and are in high demand in industry and government around the world. We have been at the forefront of political research and education for more than 25 years, bringing together some of Australia's leading researchers, teachers and practitioners in the areas of political science, public policy, governance, and international relations.

5-Star Rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Ranked in the world’s top 100

Griffith University has ranked in the world's top 100 in politics and international studies for the past three years. The QS World University Rankings by Subject measure universities across the world, as determined by surveys of leading academic experts and employers who recruit graduates they regard as being outstanding in their field.

Lex Drennan

Master of Public Administration graduate, Lex Drennan, investigated the impact of emergency government funding on community resilience in the wake of the Brisbane floods, as part of her postgraduate studies. 'I was able to build on my previous employment experience in disaster management and apply my knowledge in a practical setting,' she says. 'Resilience is about making the community stronger and putting it in a position to cope better when the next disaster strikes.' Lex also had the opportunity to broaden her education experience when Griffith supported her two-month internship at the United States Congress through the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Program.

Lex Drennan

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Career outcomes

Designed for future leaders

You'll graduate with the public management skills needed to advance your career in the public sector and in the increasingly important area of the private-public sector interface. You'll find career opportunities in a wide variety of occupations, including as a political or policy adviser, as a manager in federal, state or local government, or as a policy specialist in non-government organisations. You may find work in industry organisations and lobby groups, as a consultant to the private sector, or in high profile positions in large private sector firms who conduct large amounts of valuable business with the public sector.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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September 19, 2017

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Monday 3 July — Saturday 14 October

Trimester 2

Our second trimester starts on Monday 3 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 30 September to Saturday 14 October.

Monday 18 September — Friday 29 September

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Monday 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Wednesday 15 November — Wednesday 27 September

Postgraduate Information Evening - South Bank

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Wednesday 22 November — Wednesday 27 September

Postgraduate Information Evening - Gold Coast

Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.

Saturday 16 December — Friday 22 December

Know Your Options

Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.