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RMIT University

  • 45% international / 55% domestic

Master of Public Policy

  • Masters (Coursework)

Deepen your understanding of critical societal issues and engage in policy development.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
MC216, 079593F
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Feb, Jul
Domestic Fees
$24,000 per year / $48,000 total
International Fees
$31,680 per year / $63,360 total

About this course

Combining studies in policy making, evaluation, social research, and ethics, this course equips you to participate in policy advocacy and design-related activities. You will learn how you can contribute to positive policy outcomes, and participate in debates regarding power, politics, and complexity.

Taught by leading policy academics and industry professionals, the course reflects the latest debates, issues, and approaches to global, national, and local policy making and development.

You'll explore and develop frameworks for issues, such as:

  • evidence-based policy and practice
  • global governance
  • equity
  • public sector reform

Graduates work as policymakers, advocates, and managers in human service, government, and non-government organisations, and, increasingly, in the private and corporate sectors.

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • Successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) with a minimum GPA 2.5 (out of 4.0)


  • Significant work experience or professional practice

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

Study locations

Melbourne City

Career pathways

As a graduate, you will be able to make sense of critical issues in society, confidently argue about the nature of policy problems, and engage in policy development and implementation practices that contribute to positive policy outcomes.

Graduates often work as policymakers, advisors, managers, and advocates.

You'll be able to work independently and collaboratively in teams as a lifelong learner and reflective practitioner. You will have gained skills that are transferable and relevant in a global context. These skills relate to research, policy analysis, professional communication, and problem-solving.

Graduates are highly employable in human services organisations, community-based agencies, various levels of government, and increasingly, in corporate and private enterprise.

Relevant organisations include:

  • federal, state and local government
  • trade unions
  • large community sector organisations (like the Salvation Army, the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Victorian Council of Social Service)
  • specialist research and policy centres
  • other organisations such as the Council to Homeless Persons and the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria Inc.