School of Government

About a professional qualification in Public Policy

The Master of Public Policy degree is designed for policy analysts and advisors engaged in policy analysis, development and evaluation in the public and non-government sectors. The programme helps develop students' policy analysis skills and offer advice to assist decision-makers.

Students learn practical problem-solving skills and techniques drawing on concepts and frameworks from economics, politics, philosophy and law, and how they can be applied to specialised areas including social policy and local government, health and education.

The purpose of the School of Government is to serve New Zealand and the world by advancing better government through fostering enlightened public leadership and seeking solutions to major public policy and management challenges.

Our interdisciplinary programme fosters capability to design and implement strategic and operational policies that advance public governance and enhance wellbeing, locally, nationally and internationally, now and in the future.

Mission of the MPP: To advance the knowledge, skills, competencies and behaviours of individuals, organisations and communities to provide high-quality policy analysis and advice and creative policy and programme design with a strong sense of public purpose and integrity.

Qualification options

Public Policy offers three qualification options:

  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy (PGCertPP)
    The Postgraduate Certificate in Public Policy 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 Policy (PGDipPP)
    The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy 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 Policy (MPP)
    The Master of Public Policy 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 degree, please contact:

Telephone: (04) 463 5458