This course is designed for managers across all levels of the public sector, in Australia and internationally, who wish to improve service delivery and policy outcomes. Participants may work in the public, not-for-profit or private sector agencies involved in policy and service delivery at intergovernmental, national, regional or local government levels. The course aims to develop managers' practical knowledge and skills to deal with management and policy analysis issues across the spectrum of public sector activities.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2017 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Business and Economics.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Course progression map
Master by coursework
Students have a maximum of 5 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Master of Public Policy and Management
Graduate Certificate in Business
Graduate Diploma in Business
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
These course outcomes are aligned the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:
- be critical and creative scholars who:
- produce innovative solutions to problems
- apply research skills to business challenges
- communicate effectively and perceptively
- be responsible and effective global citizens who:
- engage in an internationalised world
- exhibit cross cultural competence
- demonstrate ethical values
- have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve
- have advanced knowledge to master's level in public sector management, policy development and governance.
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 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.
The course comprises 72 points structured into two parts: Part A. Mastery knowledge (48 points) and Part B. Application studies (24 points).
- Students admitted at entry level 1 complete 72 points, comprising Part A and Part B.
- Students admitted at entry level 2 complete 48 points, comprising Part A.
Note: Students eligible for credit for prior studies may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2017handbooks/maps/map-b6012.pdf) will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Mastery knowledge (48 points)
a. Six units (36 points):
- MGF5300 Governance
- MGF5360 Strategic management in the public sector
- MGF5370 Policy analysis
- MGF5440 Public sector financial management
- MGF5923 Public policy
- MGF5927 Public management
b. Two of the following units (12 points):
- MGF5610 People management and work in a global context
- MGF5261 Human resource management issues
- MGF5551 Strategic human resource management
- MGF5631 International human resource management
- MGF5670 Leadership
- MGF5680 Managerial problem solving and decision making
- MGF5690 Services and operations management
- MGF5920 Work and employment relations
- MGF5960 Managing people and organisations
- MGF5972 Managing organisational change
- MGF5976 Strategic management
- MGF5985 Human resource management
Part B. Application studies (24 points)
Students complete either a. or b. below:
a. Four units (24 points) of elective units at either level 4 or 5 from the Faculty of Business and Economics or across the University so long as you have the pre-requisites and there are no restrictions on admission to the units
Units can be identified using the browse unitsbrowse units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/search) tool and indexes of unitsindexes of units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/) in the current edition of the Handbook. You may need permission from the owning faculty to enrol in some units taught by other faculties.
b. The research pathway (24 points)
Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate in Business after successful completion of 24 credit points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above
- Graduate Diploma in Business after successful completion of 48 credit points of study with a minimum of 36 credit points at level 4 or above.
Progression to further studies
Students can choose to complete a program of study (24 points) that may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.