ANZSOGThe Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), EMPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: ANZSOG is a collaborative effort of various Universities (both public policy and business schools) and governments in Australia and New Zealand. ANZSOG administers a limited number of courses itself, while most courses are offered through partner Universities.

Curriculum Design: ANZSOG’s EMPA is designed for mid-career professionals. The ANZSOG curriculum is heavily case-based.

Professional Program Features: The ANZSOG EMPA is the only EMPA currently featured on the Atlas. It has myriad professional features, highlighted at and is unique in the world in the number of collaborating governments and universities.

Program Summary


University: Australia and New Zealand School of Government (a partnership between governments, 16 member universities and business schools within the two countries).

Location: Multiple locations across Australia and New Zealand.

Degree: EMPA (Executive Master of Public Administration)

Marketing Approach: “The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is designed to assist future leaders develop the management and policy skills needed in today’s public sector. Developed in consultation with public sector CEOs across Australia and New Zealand, the EMPA aims to produce world-class public sector managers. The program offers high-potential and aspiring leaders a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of public administration. The program brings together a select group of the best emerging public sector leaders from Australia and New Zealand with outstanding teachers and practitioners from around the world.” (At, accessed 3 September 2014.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: TBD [Information will be requested from the School]

Academic Unit within University: Not applicable.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Various partner Universities (including the University of Sydney) have independent Masters of Public Administration and Masters of Public Policy courses of study. Additionally ANZSOG also offers the Executive Fellows Program (EFP) and Towards Strategic Leadership (TSL), and in partnership with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG), ANZSOG delivers the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program (ELGLP) and a suite of shorter Executive Education workshops

Posted Tuition: For 2014 (full program fee) – $44,686.20 AUD (Australian students), $45,697.20 (New Zealand students).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview:

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary:  “The EMPA is a two-year postgraduate qualification. Students are required to complete: a core curriculum of 8 subjects including an applied research project – the Program’s capstone experience subject – Work-Based Project; a required subject on public sector financial management (to be taken with member universities); two electives chosen strategically from the subjects offered by member universities to enhance the core curriculum and cater to individual needs. The program draws on case studies and practical exercises with interactive teaching methods, delivered by leading academics and guest speakers with extensive government experience.” (At, accessed 3 September 2014.) Successful applicants are selected by ANZSOG, which then assists students to seek enrolment at the partner university of their choice. The ANZSOG cohort is comprised of students at multiple partner universities.

Both the required “public sector financial management” course and each of the two elective courses are chosen from offerings of participating universities.

Duration: Two years, part-time requiring roughly 30-35 days absent from work, 40 hours of instruction within each course, and an estimated (“at least”) 80 hours of independent study for each course. (At, accessed 7 September 2014.)

Academic Prerequisite: Applicants must meet the Masters degree entry requirements of the partner university to which they have applied, and in many cases are required to have at least five years of relevant work experience.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 11

Number of Required Courses: 9 (includes “public sector financial management” course, which may be fulfilled by multiple courses).

Number of Electives Typically Taken 2

Number of Electives Offered within Program: Electives are drawn from participating universities, and thus are quite numerous and highly variable.

Comprehensive Examination: No.

Thesis Required: No.

Internship Required: No.

International Study Required: No.

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Mentoring and networking are highly advertised by the program. As participants all come from within the public sector, the effort is on maximizing future opportunities as opposed to securing candidates’ first job(s).

Student-run Journal: No.

Applied Projects: Yes. A capstone experience, the “Work-Based Project”, involves candidates “working in cross-jurisdictional teams… to define a real-life research problem from [a topic selected by ANZSOG government partners], gather data, formulate options and make recommendations” (from, accessed 30 March 2015).

Pro Bono Consulting: No.

Courses Offered: A list of core courses with short descriptions is available in the program’s brochure, available at (accessed 3 September 2014). Detailed information on courses is available on the course repositories of participating universities.

Course Material Online: Short course descriptions available for core courses; information varies substantially between partner universities for electives.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below. As noted on the Course Map, it is evident from the brief course descriptions that each of the ANZSOG core courses will include topics on a range of subjects. Although there are in fact a very large number of potential elective courses (from the participating universities) available, we have treated the three electives as generic and assigned them to one of the subject areas with the view to reflect a likely distribution of effort among the domains.


*Program altered since last PEACO calculation ANZSOG
I. Courses Required and Offered
a. Number of one-semester courses required for degree 11
b. Number of required courses 8
c. Number of elective courses taken (a – b) 3
d. Number of elective courses offered 3
e. Enrolment weight of elective courses (c/d) 1
II. Distribution of Courses (Enrolment-Adjusted) among Atlas
     Domains and Subjects
Tools and Skills 63.6%
  – Strategy and Structure 18.2%
  – Economic Analysis 9.1%
  – Quantitative Methods and Management Sciences 18.2%
  – Leadership, Communication, Professional Practice 18.2%
Institutions and Context 9.1%
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process 9.1%
  – Ethics and Accountability 0.0%
  – Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts 0.0%
Management Functions 18.2%
  – Public Financial Management 9.1%
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement 0.0%
  – Other Management Functions 9.1%
Policy Sectors 9.1%
  – Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy 0.0%
  – International Development 0.0%
  – Health 0.0%
  – Other Policy Sectors 9.1%
                              Total 100%
III. Number of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by
      Typical Student in NASPAA Required Competency Domains
Lead and Manage in Public Governance 1.83
Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process 1.42
Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions 3.67
Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives 1.08
Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry 1.50
Total Course Equivalents taken in Required Competencies 9.50
IV. Ratio of Courses in “NASPAA-required Subjects” taken by
      Typical Student to Estimated Requirement for Competency
Lead and Manage in Public Governance 0.85
Participate and Contribute to the Policy Process 0.81
Analyze, Synthesize, Solve Problems and Make Decisions 1.05
Articulate and Apply Public Service Perspectives 0.76
Communicate and Interact with Workforce and Citizenry 1.29
Ratio of Total Instruction in Competencies to Amount Needed 0.95
V. Number of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics or Quantitative
      Methods Courses taken by Typical Student
Economic Analysis 1.00
Fiscal, Monetary and Tax Policy 0.00
Quantitative Methods 1.00
Total 2.00


Source: At and related sites (accessed 5 September 2014).

Page created by: Dave Marshall on 5 September 2014 and updated by Ian Clark on 7 September 2014, and by Dave Marshall on 30 March 2015 and 3 April 2015, last modified by Ian Clark on 12 December 2015. Updating and editing may consist of substantive and/or formatting changes. Unless otherwise noted, however, information regarding a program’s structure, curricular offerings and PEACO score is based on the program as it was on the date of page creation. The content presented on this page, except for the assignments of courses to Atlas subjects, the Instructional Distribution analysis, and the Commentary is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases.

ANZSOG Course Map

[Note: It is evident from the brief course descriptions that each of the ANZSOG core courses will include topics on a range of subjects. The assignments below are meant to reflect the distribution among domains. A more accurate distribution would require access to the course syllabi and analysis of the topics.]

and Skills

Policy and Management Analysis

Delivering Public Value

Managing Public Sector Organizations

Elective focusing on “public policy”

Economic Analysis

Government in a Market Economy

Elective focusing on “economics”

Quantitative Methods

Elective focusing on “qualitative and quantitative analysis”

Analytic Methods

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

Leadership Skills

Leading Public Sector Change

Elective focusing on “public sector management and leadership”

Communication Skills

and Context

Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Governing by the Rules

Elective focusing on “organisational behaviour”

Elective focusing on “law”

Ethics, Rights and Accountability
Socioeconomic and Political Context
Global Context


Public Financial Management

Elective in the area of public sector financial management

Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Human Resource Management
Information and Technology Management
Regulatory Policy and Management
Local Government Management
Nonprofit Management and Advocacy


Elective to “enhance knowledge in a specific policy area”

Macroeconomic Policy
International Development
Public Finance and Social Policy
Employment, Labour and Immigration
Cities, Urban and Regional Development
Environment and Sustainability
Agriculture and Resources
Science, Technology and Innovation
Industry, Trade and Investment
Energy, Transport and Infrastructure
Defence, Security and Foreign Relations
Policing and Justice Administration
Arts and Culture
Financial Markets