MSPPM (Digital Transformation and Analytics)

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (Digital Transformation and Analytics) 12-Month / 21-Month Track

Duration 12-month and 21-month tracks
Location Adelaide
Professional Work Experience Required for 12-month track
Internship Required for 21-month track
Intakes January and August

(CRICOS: 056767A/056555B)

Is it possible to anticipate the consumer reaction to new modes of delivery of health services? Can forecasting of emergency events be made more reliably? How much use will be made of new public infrastructure? Can predictive models be relied upon for early intervention in family services?

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 skills 

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.

Degree Structure

12-Month Track

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

Full-time students complete the program over three study periods (12 months).  Part-time students have up to five years to complete their program, however most complete the program in two to three years.

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

21-Month Track

The program comprises 198 units: 162 units of core courses, 36 units of elective courses and 400 hours of internship. 

Full-time students complete the program over five study periods (21 months).

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

Elective Courses

Students in 12-Month track are required to take 6 units of elective courses and students in the 21-Month track are required to take 36 units of elective courses. 

Entry Requirements

Detailed information on CMU-A's entry requirements can be found at: 

Fees and Scholarships

Detailed information on CMU's fees and scholarships can be found at:

Pittsburgh Exchange

An exchange in Pittsburgh will enable you to continue your rigorous professional development while pursuing complementary courses within the broader context of Carnegie Mellon University and Heinz College.

Students enrolled in our 21-month MSIT and MSPPM tracks may participate in the exchange program for one study period but must spend their first and last study periods in Adelaide.

To be eligible, you must be in good financial standing with the university and have a cumulative QPA of 3.3 or higher.

Other Related Information 

International students enrolled in the 21-month track may be eligible to apply for the Post Study Work Visa after completion of their degree.

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