Public Policy - A4011

Public Policy

Graduate certificate

Discover how to make real change at a foundation level though this unique course sitting at the intersection of public policy and theory. Developed and led by internationally-renowned academics, you will learn the skills to be at the forefront of policy development challenges relevant to diverse business, professional and public policy communities.

Set in a multidisciplinary field, you’ll develop your leadership capacity for working with multicultural teams in intercultural environments. Your advanced critical thinking and analytical skills will be indispensable for delivering innovative solutions to policy-related challenges for both professional and non-professional audiences. On completion of the course, you will be well-versed in applying your knowledge to real-world policy-related challenges.

This course is particularly designed to focus on themes relevant to change-makers wanting to work in policy areas across both the public and private sectors, from government organisations, multi-nationals through to independent consultancies, and those wishing to develop expertise in public policy theory and practice. It is designed to ensure you will have the industry-level skills needed to hit the ground running, such as developing and supporting arguments, advance communication, research skills, and an understanding of the possibilities and challenges of public policy practice and reform.

The Graduate Certificate of Public Policy offers practical knowledge and skills for careers in a range of policy making, governance and management sectors. You will develop essential skills in critical thinking, writing and presentation in multicultural settings which are designed to enhance learning success and career capabilities.

The program develops a robust critical understanding of public and social policy which can be brought to a wide range of problems and applications. You will feel confident applying your knowledge to real-world professional contexts after the seminar and field trips, industry site reports and practice based units.

At the end of the course, you will be able to continue studies in the discipline with the Master of Public Policy.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • 0.5 years (full time)
  • 1 year (part time)
Start date
First semester (February) and Second semester (July)
Graduate Certificate of Public Policy
Course Handbook

Industry advantage

In this gender studies Graduate Certificate course, you'll be taught by leading experts and hear from some of the best industry connections in the field. Graduate with the insights and connections to take the next step in your career.

Flexible study

On-campus and selected flexible online options available. Complete in as short as 6-months, or study part-time (domestic only). Choose from early evening classes and intensive several week block units – we have multiple options to suit you.

Study Public Policy

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

Test-drive a Master's degree

Successful completion of this degree can count towards a Master of Public Policy.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree with at least 50% average, or equivalent qualification, or a minimum of five years work experience* in a relevant field approved by the faculty.

*Applicants are required to provide a Curriculum Vitae and two references from their employers.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Student complete 24 points which provide knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required of skilled practitioners working in a range of fields addressing public policy.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A4011


Semester two (July)

Apply directly to Monash using course code A4011


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.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

Total fee for this 24 credit point (6 month full-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$25,400


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.