About the School of Government's professional programmes

New Zealand's only School of Government has a suite of professional qualifications designed to improve your knowledge and practice in policy and management.

Whether you are working in policy or management, alongside or within the public sector, you want to make a difference.

New Zealand's only School of Government has a suite of professional qualifications designed to improve both your knowledge and your practice.

We are situated in the heart of Wellington, yet internationally connected, with passionate, high calibre staff ready to take your drive and experience to the next level.

What is your passion?

Make a difference.

Make it happen.

About our professional qualifications

The School of Government was launched by the Rt Hon Helen Clark in September 2002 and is 'the' place in New Zealand to study our flagship professional qualifications in public policy, public management, and e-Government.

  • Professional Degree in Public Policy

    The Master of Public Policy focuses on policy analysis and advising, policy development, implementation and evaluation in the public and non-government sectors. Students learn concepts and frameworks along with the practical problem-solving skills and techniques to apply them.

  • Professional Degree in Public Management

    The Master of Public Management focuses on governance and public sector reform, managing strategy, finances, planning, service delivery, human resources, monitoring and evalution. This degree is designed for those aspiring to a career in management in the government and non-government sectors, or to take their practice to the next level.

  • Professional Degree in e-Government

    The Master of e-Government is a one-year professional programme that provides the opportunity for students to learn how to successfully manage complex transformational e-Government initiatives. It focuses predominantly on the public management, rather than the technical, aspects of ICT-enabled public sector reform initiatives.

  • Graduate Pathway

    The Graduate Pathway, first introduced in 2015, is a three-trimester, vocationally-oriented programme of full-time study leading to the award of a Master of Public Management or Master of Public Policy degree. It is a 4th-year study option following completion of a Bachelor's degree – a pre-experience, fast-track route to completing a professional Master's degree – for individuals wanting to build a career in public service.

For more information

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

Want to discuss our degrees?

Contact our Director of Master's Programme: