Please see below for frequently asked questions relating to ANZSOG’s Executive Master of Public Administration. 

1. What are the entry requirements?

All EMPA applicants must demonstrate:

  • Strong evidence of leadership potential, including potential to contribute at the senior executive level as part of the next generation of public sector leaders
  • Work performance consistently above average and sound management capability or potential0
  • A strong commitment to career development and to a career in the public sector
  • A commitment to contribute to class learning and a willingness to share knowledge in the workplace
  • Capability to complete a rigorous Masters program (normally evidenced by successful completion of an undergraduate degree)
  • At least five years’ relevant work experience.

Applicants must also meet the Masters degree entry requirements of conferring universities, as facilitated through ANZSOG.

2. What is the application process?

Students must be nominated by their agency. EMPA applications are coordinated differently through each jurisdiction. In some jurisdictions Public Sector Commissions coordinate applications, in others individual agencies do. However in all cases the sponsoring government or agency pays the program costs – including tuition fees, subject materials, accommodation and most meals.

Applications are encouraged from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Māori and Pacific Peoples, and from people with disabilities or from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

If you work for the governments of Western Australia, New South Wales or Victoria, please contact your department or agency’s Human Resources or Learning and Development team about your application or expression of interest.

If you work for the Northern Territory government, please contact the Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; about your application or expression of interest.

If you work for the Aotearoa-New Zealand government, please contact Kate Wakelin at the Leadership Development Centre at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; about your application or expression of interest.
If you work for the Queensland government, your Public Sector Commission has a limited number of scholarships available for the program. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship via your jurisdiction’s Public Sector Commission, we encourage you to contact them for further information including dates for application submission.

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3. When do applications close?

Applications for the forthcoming year are closing soon. Please contact us immediately if you would like an extension on your application deadline: +61 3 8344 1990 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
It is important to note that some jurisdictions offer a small number of full and/or part scholarships via the jurisdiction’s PSC. The PSC's will often have earlier closing dates for EMPA applications. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship please consult your jurisdictional PSC for further information.

4. How much does the program cost?

As an indication for planning purposes, the cost of 2020 program was $45,000 AUD or $48,500 NZD. EMPA 2021 program fees have not yet been finalised, they are subject to an annual increase. The price for 2021 will be communicated in the near future.

5. When will I/my agency be invoiced?

Invoices will be emailed to you/your agency invoice contact once you have been accepted into the course.

6. What is covered in the Program fee?

Program fees cover:

  • Tuition fees, Program and subject materials
  • Accommodation for all ANZSOG delivered residential subjects for the teaching duration. Students are responsible for any accommodation outside these dates
  • Daily catering and refreshments, and some evening meals during residentials
  • Textbooks

7. Do you offer RPL/credit for previous study?

As a general principle, ANZSOG does not recognise prior learning and credit towards the EMPA degree. This is because the EMPA degree is a unique learning experience. Our subjects have been carefully designed to be distinctive offerings, different in content and in how they are delivered. Learning with peers with extensive government work experience is an integral part of the process of knowledge development. Given this, all students in the degree should plan to take all the required core subjects.

8. What is the time commitment of the program?

The EMPA is a two-year part-time postgraduate degree featuring eight core subjects and three electives.

The core subjects are delivered by ANZSOG and elective subjects are delivered by our conferring universities. Each subject consists of around 40 hours of instruction and at least 80 hours of study time, reading and assignment work.

9. What is the program structure?

The EMPA is a two-year postgraduate qualification undertaken by high performing public sector managers looking to increase their knowledge base, leadership and governing skills.

Participants are required to complete:

  • A core curriculum of eight subjects, including an applied research project
  • Three other electives chosen from subjects offered by conferring universities.

The EMPA is delivered through a dynamic blended learning approach, combining online classes with face-to-face learning and cross-jurisdictional networking opportunities.

University elective contact time is dictated by the student’s chosen university. Between formal, scheduled learning sessions, students also have coursework to complete. Students undertake an applied research work-based project subject throughout the second year of the program, which includes three progress review sessions throughout the year.

10. Can I self-fund my participation if my agency won't fund?

A student may enter into a salary sacrifice arrangement with their employer to attend the program. The student's employer will be billed the program fee. Discussed on a case-by-case basis with the applicant's sponsoring agency.

11. What electives can I take from my university?

Students complete three elective subjects offered by a conferring university. These are selected by the student to bridge their past study and experience with the core curriculum, or to enhance their knowledge of a specific policy area.

Electives are generally drawn from postgraduate offerings of the faculties or schools of business, commerce, economics, government, law and political science.

12. What is the university enrolment process?

As part of your application into the EMPA, ANZSOG will facilitate enrolment on your behalf into one of our conferring universities. When completing your EMPA application, you will also need to provide the following supporting documentation:

  • a certified copy of your birth certificate or data page of the passport
  • a certified colour copy of proof of permanent residency for non-Australian or Aotearoa-New Zealand citizens
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae
  • certified copies of academic transcripts

A certified copy is a photocopy of the original document with the signature and official stamp of an appropriate authority, confirming it is a true and accurate record.

13. When does the program start?

Program commencement is early February of each year.

14. Is there a mid-year intake?

We do not offer a mid-year intake. Intake is annually with a commencement at the beginning of each calendar year.

15. Can I defer my studies?

Yes, you will need to apply in writing to ANZSOG to defer your studies.

16. What are the attendance requirements?

You are expected to attend all components of the EMPA, including all scheduled sessions as this is important to achieve your learning outcomes and assist you with your assessment tasks.

17. What is the cancellation policy?

ANZSOG aims to provide high-quality service at all levels of its operation and is committed to providing a timely and fair withdrawal procedure. ANZSOG prices its programs based on full capacity and incurs costs progressively throughout the lead-up to and delivery of programs. Should you be required to withdraw from the EMPA, the following policy and timelines apply. All fees are exclusive of GST.

Notice period: 7+ weeks prior to program commencement

  • If a suitably qualified substitute is provided: AUD 1,000 or NZD 1,085
  • Without a suitably qualified substitute: AUD 6,500 or NZD 7,060

Notice period: 4 weeks or less prior to program commencement

  • 50% of applicable country program fee
  • Note, no substitutes can be provided

Notice period: Once program has commenced

  • Withdrawal during the first year of program – 50% applicable country program fee
  • Withdrawal during the second year of program – 100% applicable country program fee

Failure in EMPA:

If a student fails one subject in the EMPA program, that subject can be repeated. However, the student will be invoiced for the cost of the repeated subject. A student who fails a second time or a second subject will be asked to show cause to ANZSOG as to why they should not be excluded from the program.

18. Do I need managerial approval to attend the program?

Yes. In signing the application form, your manager agrees to support you to participate in the program and that your organisation assumes the full program fee if your application is successful.

19. How long is the program?

A two-year postgraduate qualification developed and delivered by ANZSOG exclusively for high-performing public sector managers.

20. How big is the cohort?

Average of 90-110 participants

21. What are the outcomes?

On completing this degree you will:

  • understand the trends shaping the public sector and what they mean for contemporary leaders
  • understand the theory and practice of strategic thinking and value creation in the public sector
  • appreciate the importance of ethics, values and the role of technology in relation to value creation
  • appreciate what actions you can take to promote excellence in organisational processes and attention to detail in the delivery of client services
  • apply an economic toolkit to public service delivery and pricing decisions
  • analyse problems and seek solutions in a setting governed by public law and other rules of public administration
  • understand the role of evidence in guiding complex decision making
  • bring a future-oriented, investment perspective to policy and program design work
  • recognise the major concepts that underpin contemporary public sector financial management processes
  • undertake ethical primary research and build your strategic capability in diagnosing, instigating or adapting to change in the public sector.