Digital Transformation and Analytics

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (Digital Transformation and Analytics concentration)

Welcome to the future of public policy practice, a future where long-standing techniques of policy analysis meet the power of big data and new capabilities in policy analytics.

Carnegie Mellon University in Australia has designed a new program that combines its rigorous public policy syllabus with its leading-edge courses in information technology and management.

The availability of massive data sets and of new capabilities for analysing that data will change the face of public policy formulation and analysis. The winners will be the professionals capable of understanding the generation of big data, its potential and limitations and how to utilise it. These professionals will be capable of using this data to generate evidence-based and predictive policy options; know how to communicate those options; and be able to implement and evaluate them.

The MSPPM (Digital Transformation and Analytics Concentration) is particularly suitable for:

  • Public managers working at senior levels in service delivery agencies, particularly health, social welfare, infrastructure provision, education, energy and resource development
  • Policy analysts working in central agencies responsible for developing and analysing cross-government policy solutions
  • Public managers working in service delivery roles such as asset management, IT development and data processing
  • Private sector consultants to government on public policy generally and modes of service delivery in particular
  • Managers in private sector organisations with significant interfaces with government
  • University graduates with relevant backgrounds and quantitative skill

Students studying the Digital Transformation and Analytics Concentration graduate with a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) with a concentration in Digital Transformation and Analytics.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Apply analytical techniques to assessing public policy initiatives
  • Use the tools available to public managers for assembling and processing data
  • Develop evidenced-based policy options using big data sets
  • Communicate the outcomes of that analysis to both experts and lay people
  • Apply concepts of commercial analysis to public policy problems
  • Understand and use concepts of public value in managing policy implementation
  • Use established techniques of public finance management to program costing and evaluation

Tracks Offered

MSPPM (Digital Transformation and Analytics) 12-Month TrackMSPPM  (Digital Transformation and Analytics) 18-Month Track
MSPPM  (Digital Transformation and Analytics) 24-Month Track
Duration12 months full-time18 months full-time24 months full-time
Professional Work Experience3 or more years1 to 2 years0 to 1 year
InternshipNot required280 hours400 hours
IntakesJanuary and AugustJanuary and AugustJanuary and August

MSPPM (Digital Transformation & Analytics) 12-Month Track

(CRICOS: 056767A) 

The program comprises 168 units: 162 units of core courses and 6 units of elective courses. 

Designed for experienced professionals, the program provides a solid combination of specialised courses in public policy and management. 

To graduate, you must complete the requisite coursework and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0.

Core Courses

  • Applied Economic Analysis (12 units)
  • Applied Economics Analysis II (12 units)
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics (6 units)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (6  units)
  • Data Mining (6 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty  (6 units)
  • Digital Transformation  (6 units)
  • Financial Analysis  (12 units)
  • Introduction to Database Management (6 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation  (6 units)
  • Policy Analysis I  (12 units)
  • Policy Analysis II (Public Finance) (12 units)
  • Policy Seminar (Policy Analytics) (12 units)
  • Professional Writing (6 units)
  • Statistical Methods (12 units)
  • Strategic Planning (12 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills (6 units)
  • Systems Synthesis II (12 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule.

  • Behavioral Economics in Public Policy  (12 units)
  • Consulting Lab (6 units)
  • Contemporary Public Management (6 units)
  • Economics of Development (12units)
  • Financial Management  (12 units)
  • Foundations of Social Innovation and Enterprise  (6 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems (6 units)
  • Policy and Politics an International Perspective (12 units)
  • Power And Influence  (6 units)
  • Public Private Partnerships 1: Theory and Design (12 units)
  • Public Private Partnerships 2: Delivery and Management (12 units)
  • Sustainable Community Development  (12 units)
  • Transformational Leadership  (6 units)
  • The Panama Papers, Grand Corruption and Law Enforcement  (12 units)
  • The Political Economy of Business and Government in Asia (6 units)

MSPPM (Digital Transformation & Analytics) 18-Month Track

(CRICOS: 056555B) 

The program comprises 198 units: 162 units of core courses, 36 units of elective courses and 280 hours of internship. 

Designed for students with limited work experience, the program presents a strong combination of specialised public policy and management courses to which is added a compulsory 280 hours internship program. 

To graduate, you must complete the requisite coursework and internship components and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0.

Core Courses

  • Applied Economic Analysis (12 units)
  • Applied Economics Analysis II (12 units)
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics (6 units)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (6  units)
  • Data Mining (6 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty  (6 units)
  • Digital Transformation  (6 units)
  • Financial Analysis  (12 units)
  • Introduction to Database Management (6 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation  (6 units)
  • Policy Analysis I  (12 units)
  • Policy Analysis II (Public Finance) (12 units)
  • Policy Seminar (Policy Analytics) (12 units)
  • Professional Writing (6 units)
  • Statistical Methods (12 units)
  • Strategic Planning (12 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills (6 units)
  • Systems Synthesis II (12 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule.

  • Behavioral Economics in Public Policy  (12 units)
  • Consulting Lab (6 units)
  • Contemporary Public Management (6 units)
  • Economics of Development (12units)
  • Financial Management  (12 units)
  • Foundations of Social Innovation and Enterprise  (6 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems (6 units)
  • Policy and Politics an International Perspective (12 units)
  • Power And Influence  (6 units)
  • Public Private Partnerships 1: Theory and Design (12 units)
  • Public Private Partnerships 2: Delivery and Management (12 units)
  • Sustainable Community Development  (12 units)
  • Transformational Leadership  (6 units)
  • The Panama Papers, Grand Corruption and Law Enforcement  (12 units)
  • The Political Economy of Business and Government in Asia (6 units)

MSPPM (Digital Transformation & Analytics) 24-Month Track

(CRICOS: 056555B) 

The program comprises 234 units: 162 units of core courses, 72 units of elective courses and 400 hours of internship. 

Designed for students with little or no work experience, the program is an extensive combination of specialised public policy and management courses. In addition to a compulsory 400 hours internship (approximately 10 to 12 weeks) internship program, the students can focus on specialised areas through electives and independent study. 

To graduate, you must complete the requisite coursework and internship components and achieve a cumulative quality point average (QPA) of at least 3.0.

Core Courses

  • Applied Economic Analysis (12 units)
  • Applied Economics Analysis II (12 units)
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics (6 units)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis (6  units)
  • Data Mining (6 units)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty  (6 units)
  • Digital Transformation  (6 units)
  • Financial Analysis  (12 units)
  • Introduction to Database Management (6 units)
  • Organisational Design And Implementation  (6 units)
  • Policy Analysis I  (12 units)
  • Policy Analysis II (Public Finance) (12 units)
  • Policy Seminar (Policy Analytics) (12 units)
  • Professional Writing (6 units)
  • Statistical Methods (12 units)
  • Strategic Planning (12 units)
  • Strategic Presentation Skills (6 units)
  • Systems Synthesis II (12 units)

Elective Courses

The electives below represent a selection of those that have been offered in the past. It is provided in order to give an indication of the type of electives that may be available in the future. However, this part of the syllabus is constantly evolving and students need to be guided by the list of the current electives shown in the course schedule.

  • Behavioral Economics in Public Policy  (12 units)
  • Consulting Lab (6 units)
  • Contemporary Public Management (6 units)
  • Economics of Development (12units)
  • Financial Management  (12 units)
  • Foundations of Social Innovation and Enterprise  (6 units)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management and Systems (6 units)
  • Policy and Politics an International Perspective (12 units)
  • Power And Influence  (6 units)
  • Public Private Partnerships 1: Theory and Design (12 units)
  • Public Private Partnerships 2: Delivery and Management (12 units)
  • Sustainable Community Development  (12 units)
  • Transformational Leadership  (6 units)
  • The Panama Papers, Grand Corruption and Law Enforcement  (12 units)
  • The Political Economy of Business and Government in Asia (6 units)

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree

Professional Work Experience

12-Month Track : 3 or more year of professional work experience 

18-Month Track : 1 to 2 years of professional work experience 

24-Month Track : 0 to 1 year of professional work experience 

Standardised Test Scores

You are required to sit for CMU Institutional Maths Online Test. It is a one hour test comprising 32 multiple choice questions.  The topics include basic algebra, calculus and statistics calculations. The test can only be taken once and you will need to achieve a minimum score of 75%. You will be set up for the test after you have submitted your application via OASIS.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants are required to submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Academic or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

If your test date is within one month of the application deadline, please be sure to email the scores to the office of admissions

You may submit scores from up to 4 valid TOEFL or IELTS exam dates. CMU Australia will use the highest score verified in each section if you have taken the exam more than one time. For every score you wish to include with your application, you must report the exam date(s) and submit the official score report(s). We will not accept exam scores for test dates that are not listed on the application.

TOEFL 

  • iBT preferred
  • Scores must be submitted directly by Educational Testing Service (ETS). CMU-A Institution Code is 2318
  • The minimum TOEFL score is 22 on each section of the Internet-based test.

IELTS

  • You may submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results in place of the TOEFL. 
  • The "Academic" format of the IELTS is required. 
  • Test scores must be submitted directly by IELTS. 
  • The minimum IELTS score is 6.5 overall and 6.0 in each band. 

If you took either of these tests more than two years ago, you MUST take it again. The testing agency will not verify scores more than two years old.

If your score is below the minimum on either exam, you should consider retaking the TOEFL/IELTS before applying. 

Resume

Applicants are required to submit a resume. Please submit a one or two page summary of your education skills, accomplishments, employment experience and volunteer experience. The resume must be current and include all part-time and full-time work experience, the dates of when the employment began and ended and a brief description of your responsibilities under the title of the position.

Your resume should contain only true information and your own, original writing. If you include a quote or text written by any other person or published in any printed or online format, you must surround the copied text in quotation marks (") and indicate the original source of the text. Information reported on your resume is subject to verification. CMU Australia utilises several methods to identify plagiarised and falsified content in uploaded documents. Submission of false or plagiarised material as part of the application for admission may result in automatic denial of admission to any degree program.

Contact Us

Send us an email at admissions@australia.cmu.edu for more details.

Boom Enriquez

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management alumnus, Head of Communications & Media Affairs at Office of the Vice President of the Philippines

“It has been a trans-formative experience for me to be awarded with an Australia Award scholarship, live in Adelaide for a year and to be able to study in Carnegie Mellon University in Australia, one of the top American universities in the world.

CMU offered what I needed and wanted at this point in my life, an opportunity to take a master's degree for only a year, which is world-class, up to date and comprehensive in content and instruction.  I wanted to study the best practices in both American and Australian public policy.  CMU-A is not for the faint of heart; if you want to undergo world-class education, a rigorous training, development of self-leadership and character, and a meaningful master's experience, then go for it!  The world will be your oyster after giving everything for a CMU degree."

Australia Awards Recipient Testimonial: Elvin Uy

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