MSPPM Global 21-Month Track

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (Global) 21-Month Track

Duration 21 months full-time
Location 1st year in Adelaide & 2nd year in Pittsburgh
Professional Work Experience Not required
Internship Required
Intakes August

(CRICOS: 070773G)

This program is a 21-month degree that combines a comprehensive public policy and management curriculum with an industry based System Synthesis Project. The program is designed to educate innovative, ethical leaders who create and implement policy, manage organisations effectively, transform organisations, and develop new solutions to important social issues. 

You will gain strong problem solving skills–both quantitative and qualitative–that will allow you to develop effective policies and you'll have opportunities to gain experience in leadership and real-world applications of your public affairs management coursework. 

Studying across Carnegie Mellon’s Adelaide and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, campuses, you will gain an international perspective by learning in the United States and Australia with a strong focus on the Asia Pacific region. You will spend your 1st and 2nd study periods in Adelaide and 4th and 5th in Pittsburgh. You are also required to take 400 hours of internship in either Australia or internationally in your 3rd study period. 

You are encouraged to customise your program by selecting a specialisation designed to advance your career. The 10 specialisations include cyber security and management, energy systems and public policy, environmental policy, financial management and analysis, health policy, international trade and development, management, policy analysis, social innovation and entrepreneurship and urban and regional economic development.

Degree Structure 

The program requires 198 units: 144 units of core courses (including 12 units of Advanced Policy courses, 18 units of Advanced Methods courses) and 54 units of elective courses.  

Full-time students complete the program over five study periods (21 months). The program is not available part-time.

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.

Core Courses

Include the list of the following courses, plus 12 units of Advanced Policy (your choice of 12 units among many courses) and 18 units of Advanced Methods (your choice of 18 units among many courses, Cost-Benefit-Analysis counts towards the requirement).

Code Course Units
90-710 Applied Economic Analysis 12
94-728 Business Intelligence and Analytics 6
90-747 Cost-Benefit Analysis 6
95-760 Decision Making Under Uncertainty 6
90-724 Financial Analysis 12
95-900 Internship 0
90-728 Introduction to Database Management 6
94-700 Organisational Design And Implementation 6
90-705 Policy Analysis I 12
94-702 Professional Writing 6
90-711 Statistical Methods 12
91-820 Strategic Planning 12
94-718 Strategic Presentation Skills 6
90-740 Systems Synthesis II 12
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Advanced Policy Courses

Your choice of 12 units of Advanced Policy courses

Advanced Methods Courses

Your choice of 18 units of Advanced Methods courses.  Cost Benefit Analysis (90-747) counts toward the requirement.

Elective Courses

Students in MSPPM Global track are required to take at least 54 units of elective courses. A number of courses offered by the MSPPM program and the Heinz College will satisfy this requirement. Check with your advisor before registering for a course from another academic unit if you wish to have it serve as an elective.


Entry Requirements

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Fees and Scholarships

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Sara Li

Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (Global) alumnus

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