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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

Study public administration at Griffith

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.

Postgraduate Scholarships

We know that coming back to study can be a big decision. That's why Griffith Business School offers a range of postgraduate scholarships to support new students, like you, to successfully complete your degree through direct financial support.

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

Study options

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Scholarships

Over 600 Scholarships available

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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Key dates

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Monday 18 February — Friday 22 February

Trimester 1: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 25 February — Saturday 8 June

Trimester 1: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Monday 27 May to Saturday 8 June.

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Sunday 7 April — Monday 8 April

Adelaide Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Adelaide Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Thursday 2 May — Sunday 5 May

Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Melbourne VCE and Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 13 May — Thursday 16 May

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 23 May — Thursday 23 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Tuesday 11 June — Tuesday 11 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Thursday 13 June — Thursday 13 June

Discover Griffith

Get a taste of university life at our Discover Griffith event. Designed for Year 12 students, their parents and families, this event helps answer questions about what to expect on your journey to university and deciding on the right study path.

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Monday 1 July — Friday 5 July

Trimester 2: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 4 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Tuesday 8 October to Saturday 19 October.

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Monday 8 July — Friday 12 July

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Saturday 20 July — Sunday 21 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO)

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 23 July — Tuesday 23 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 5 August — Monday 5 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 11 August — Sunday 11 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 9 September — Tuesday 10 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Thursday 12 September — Thursday 12 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

If you’re considering further study, get the right advice and information you need at our January Mature Student Open Evenings. No matter whether you're returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help.

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Monday 23 September — Friday 4 October

Q&A Sessions

Do you have questions about studying at Griffith? Book a personalised 30-minute Q&A session with one of our expert study advisers to get advice about your study options, available scholarships and support services.

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Monday 21 October — Friday 25 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October

Application Support Nights

Need help with your university application? Receive personalised advice and assistance from one of our expert study advisers to start and/or complete your university application.

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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December

Explore your options

If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.

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