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

Offshore international students can start this course by enrolling in on-campus mode and studying remotely while waiting to travel to Australia

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.

Discover how a Criminology specialisation can focus your studies

When you study Criminology as part of your Master’s, you’re setting yourself up to make a real impact at local, national and global levels.

Professional Enhancement Program

PEP is tailor-made to equip you with career planning support and professional skills development. Integral to our Graduate Coursework programs, ranked Top 1% in the world, and taught by academic and industry experts.

Flexible study

On-campus and selected flexible online options available. Complete in as short as one year, or study part-time (domestic only). Choose from early evening classes and intensive several week block units – we have multiple options to suit you.

Pursue your passions

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

Learn from experts at Oxford University, UK

With the Criminology stream, 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 (International 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 with at least a 50% average in both qualifications, or equivalent qualification and experience approved by the faculty.


A minimum of five years work experience  in a cognate field* and an Australian graduate certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline including humanities or social sciences with at least credit (60%) average

*Applicants are required to provide a Curriculum Vitae and a reference from their employer.

Entry level 3: 48 points to complete 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 entry requirements

Level A
IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0 Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, with minimum scores: Listening 50, Reading 50, Speaking 50 and Writing 50TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21 Equivalent approved English test

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 .

Units from Part A. Principal study are offered at Caulfield campus. Students may be required to travel between campuses to complete Parts B, C and D as some units are offered at Clayton and some are offered at Caulfield.

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.

International fee

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



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.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 105166E