Graduate Diplomas

Specialist Certificate in Public Administration

6 months part time, 3 months full time (part-time study options available)
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students

3 months full-time or 6 months part-time, Parkville campus

The Specialist Certificate in Public Administration is designed for professionals working in or with government, through public, corporate or community organisations. The course offers an introduction and foundation to an inter-disciplinary and globally-focused group of subjects. The course draws on the expertise across the University of Melbourne to develop the skills and competencies of professionals who operate in increasingly complex governing environments where challenges cut across disciplinary, organisational, sectoral, jurisdictional and geographical boundaries.

The Specialist Certificate offers participants the opportunity to combine disciplinary expertise in political science, law, and business and economics with professional expertise in areas such as decision making, ethics, strategic management, negotiation and leadership. Participants will mix theory and practice to address the complex challenges of management in practice through an interactive learning experience, combining individual and team-based learning opportunities that allow them to explore a range of contemporary issues.


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Only available part time

This course is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree. More details on RTP and other fees you may need to pay.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more