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Master of Public Management - MPM

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


180 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Pipitea Campus


Effective leadership, better management, positive change

Enhance your career prospects and learn to make organisations work better with postgraduate studies in Public Management at Victoria's School of Government. Find out how to lead people and make change happen.

Become an effective public manager and build your ability to influence the strategic and operational direction of public sector organisations. Learn about governance and public sector reform, and how to manage budgets, finances and organisational capital.

Gain the knowledge and skills to design and implement innovative and effective programmes and services, including planning, service delivery and monitoring and evaluation.


Victoria is the only New Zealand university that is connected to the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZOG) so you know your qualification is of the highest standard.

Your lecturers are actively involved in public and non-profit service, exchanging ideas on key policy and management issues. They're connected to decision makers from local, regional and national government, giving you the opportunity to meet and learn from those in the know.


If you're already working in the government and non-government sectors or a seeking a career shift, a Public Management qualification is a good choice.

You could find management work in central, local, or regional government, in business, in not-for-profits, in consultancies, or for iwi. You might work as a researcher, advocate, campaign coordinator, lobbyist, strategist, or planner.

What you'll study

The MPM will give you the skills and capability to understand the theory and practice of public management and boost your performance as a manager.

Your studies will include:

  • Six core courses–you'll study governance and public sector reform, and strategic and financial management. You'll also learn about planning and service delivery, human resources and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Five electives–choose from a variety of courses according to your interests and career goals-like public sector law, economics, policy analysis or politics and philosophy.
  • A Capstone course
  • The Diploma programme requires you do four core courses from the MPM and four more courses of your choice, and Certificate students do four core courses from the MPM.

Schedule: Block format

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree

At least two years of professional work experience within the public service such as government, not-for-profit groups, iwi, and public sector service providers

To be accepted by the academic programme leader as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application deadlines: Trimester 1 - 1 Dec; Trimester 2 - 1 May and Trimester 3 - 1 Sep.

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