School of Government

Professional Programme in Public Management

Our professional programme in Public Management is designed for those aspiring to a career in management in the government and non-government sectors. The programme allow students to enhance their understanding of the theory and practice of public management, boost their performance as a manager and develop ways of improving practice in their organisations.

Governance and public sector reform, managing strategy, finances, planning, service delivery, human resources, monitoring and evaluation and more - all with a focus on the New Zealand sector context - are covered in the programme.

Qualification Options

The Public Management programme consists of three qualification options:

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management (PGCertPM)
    The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Management consists of four courses totalling 60 points, and is usually completed in two trimesters over one year, taking two courses per trimester.
  2. Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management (PGDipPM)
    The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management consists of eight courses totalling 120 points, and is usually completed in four trimesters over two years, taking two courses per trimester.
  3. Master of Public Management (MPM)
    The Master of Public Management consists of courses totalling 180 points. For part-time students, the MPP is usually completed in six trimesters over three years, taking two courses per trimester, while full-time students usually complete in three-four trimesters over two years, taking three-four courses per trimester.

Students can choose to enter directly into their desired qualification or can 'staircase' their studies (complete the Postgraduate Certificate, then complete the Postgraduate Diploma, then complete the Master's degree).

Please note that if a qualification is awarded, it must be 'abandoned' before you can be awarded the higher qualification (e.g. you must abandon the Postgraduate Certificate before you can be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma).

For More Information

For further information on courses and timetables, please refer to the Postgraduate Prospectus.

If you have questions about the programme, please contact:

Telephone: (04) 463 5458
Email: sog-masters@vuw.ac.nz