Public Policy - A6028

Public Policy

Expert master degree

The Master of Public Policy builds practical knowledge and skills for professionals in policy making and management across the spectrum of public sector activities. The course will develop your understanding of the politics and processes of policy formation, the delivery of policy programs, and the political and structural realities that can influence such decision-making. Public policy is a multidisciplinary course at the intersection of the study of public policy theory and practice. Combining expertise from across the university (Social Sciences, Health, Law, Science, Urban Planning, Business, Economics, Engineering and Education), you will be able to focus your studies to contribute to a portfolio of professional development.

Monash Master of Public Policy is taught by experts in the field. In 2020, Monash was cited as the lead institution nationally for MPP courses Criminology, Criminal Law and Policing, Environmental Law and Policy, Human Migration, and Feminism and Women’s Studies.

The Master of Public Policy equips you for a career in public, not-for-profit or private sector agencies involved in policy and service delivery at intergovernmental, national, or regional government levels. You’ll develop specialist skills in policy development, research, management and evaluation. Building your understanding of critical issues in public policy, governance and policy evaluation you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in one of the following:

  • Criminology
  • Cultural and creative industries
  • Diplomacy and international trade
  • Family violence prevention
  • Global Migration
  • Health and social policy
  • Organisational leadership
  • Public administration
  • Public finance
  • Regulatory policy
  • Sustainability and the environment
  • Transport
  • Urban policy

You will be skilled to work in policy areas across both the public and private sectors, from government organisations, multi-nationals through to independent consultancies. This degree will equip you with industry relevant specialist skills to prepare you for working and living in a world of constant technological, environmental, political and population change. The course is designed to ensure you will make an excellent contribution to your profession using the full range of skills to critically evaluate evidence, develop and support arguments, conduct research using a variety of methodological approaches, advanced oral and written communication and an understanding of the possibilities and challenges of public policy practice and reform.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
1 year/1.5 years/2 years (full time), depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
First Semester (February), Second Semester (July)
Master of Public Policy
Course Handbook

Study a Master of Public Policy

Learn from academic experts and industry leaders in this flexible, world-class degree.

Pursue your passions

From Sustainability and the Environment to Transport, and Family Violence Prevention. With a range of specialisations to choose from, you can explore your interests and graduate as an expert in your chosen field.

Chile Summer Study Program

Experience vibrant Latin American culture while learning about the political and economic business dynamics in Chile and Latin America. This program has been specially designed for Monash Business students and is open to Public Policy students.

Learn from experts at Oxford University, UK

With the Criminology specialisation, you can do an international study tour at Oxford, learning alongside Oxford Masters students and hearing from experts in the field. Engage with industry, speak to key criminal justice practitioners, and use this to inform policy-making in Victoria.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


Entry level 1: 96 points to complete Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level 2: 72 points to complete Duration: 1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time

An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.

Entry level: 48 points to complete 3 Duration: 1 years full-time, 2 years part-time

An Australian bachelor honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course comprises 96 points structured into four parts: Part A. Principal study, Part B. Applied study , Part C. Professional enhancement and Part D. Specialist study .

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6028


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A6028


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.