Public Policy and Management

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management

If you aspire to be a future leader and manager of a public, private or non-profit organization, who can be highly effective in any level or area of your organisation, the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM) degree will help you achieve this goal.

If you have a passion and commitment to enable yourself and empower your organisation to solve long-standing and seemingly intractable political, economic, and social problems, you will benefit tremendously from the MSPPM program.

While most public policy graduate programs focus on theory, we offer a skills-based curriculum grounded in tested concepts and practices.

In a globalised environment where governments are challenged and disrupted from many angles, you will graduate from the program with a skill set that will allow you to continuously learn and achieve results throughout your professional life.

No other place brings together information technology, leadership development, quantitative policy analysis, and communication skills like Carnegie Mellon. Our multidisciplinary curriculum equips students with a data-driven and evidence-based analytical approach to solving problems.

You will be provided opportunities to apply your multidisciplinary skills by working with fellow international students, faculty and clients from different fields.

Additionally, because the future of organisations is increasingly shaped by innovations across many industries, you will be exposed to current trends and cutting-edge technology that can help you comprehend and tackle complex policy issues. This intellectual dimension will give you a competitive advantage in the job market.

When you graduate, you will be equipped with the analytical tools and skills that have demonstrated capabilities for effective change. Combined with communication skills to create clear and persuasive content and presentations, you will gain a complete set of leadership skills that can help you motivate and manage colleagues to achieve your and your team’s greatest potential.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the MSPPM program, you will be equipped to competently:

  • Assume positions in policy-making, implementation and evaluation, and manage these functions in government, non-profit organisations, international organisations and the private sector;
  • Effective skills in all aspects of management, including general management, leadership, organisational management, strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, and IT management;
  • Utilise training grounded in theory and practical application to work in organisations in developed countries and countries with emerging economies;
  • Know how to analyse data and make effective decisions in different situations;
  • See beyond traditional paradigms, and learn from non-traditional perspectives to develop path-breaking solutions;
  • Advance the public interest by utilising unique combination of analytical, quantitative and technical skills.

Tracks Offered

MSPPM 12-Month TrackMSPPM 18-Month Track
MSPPM 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 12-Month Track

(CRICOS: 056767A) 

The program comprises 168 units: 138 core units and 30 units of electives.

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)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty  (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)
  • 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 18-Month Track

(CRICOS: 056555B) 

The program comprises 198 units: 138 units of core courses and 60 units of electives. 

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)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty  (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)
  • 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 24-Month Track

(CRICOS: 056555B) 

The program comprises 234 units: 138 units of core courses and 96 units of electives. 

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)
  • Decision Making Under Uncertainty  (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)
  • 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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