Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration

Course summary for current students

Award granted

Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration

Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeD720

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

With more fluid labour markets and career patterns, and governance models increasingly characterised by public–private partnerships and other cross-sectoral arrangements, the combined Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration provides a unique opportunity for you to acquire a broad range of knowledge and skills applicable in many sectors of the economy.

The Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration is a 16 credit point combined course which brings together two existing courses: the Master of Politics and Policy, which is a program tailored for employees in the public and community sectors; and the Master of Business Administration, which is designed for managers in the private, public and community sectors who wish to extend their knowledge and advance their career.

The course will provide you with a strong grounding in the development, implementation and analysis of public policy. Interrelationships between government, the private sector and community organisations, as well as between different levels of government (municipal, state, national and international) will also be studied. More broadly the course addresses the problems of governance within democratic political systems, at the same time aiming to impart knowledge and business skills in areas such as strategic management, finance, economics and marketing.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Business Administration (M501)
Graduate Certificate of Politics and Policy (A516)
Graduate Diploma of Business Administration (M601)
Master of Business Administration (M701)

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Master of Politics and Policy/Master of Business Administration a student must complete a 16 credit point course of study comprising 8 credit points of units undertaken in the Faculty of Arts and Education and 8 credit points of units undertaken in the Faculty of Business and Law. The dissertation component (AIX702 and AIX703) provides a pathway for students to apply for admission to PhD.

Course structure

Master of Politics and Policy

Notes: Continuing students (enrolled prior to 2011) may need to refer to the 2010 Handbook entry for this course and contact Student Services office for further course advice Tel Burwood 03 9246 8100 or Geelong 03 5227 1359

Core units

Trimester 1

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP746Challenges to Democratic Governance

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

Trimester 2

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility

Trimester 3

AIP773Governance and Accountability


Select 2 credit points from the following list of electives:


MPM703Business Strategy and Analysis

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

Community Development

ADS704Community Development Theory and Practice A

ADS705Community Development Theory and Practice B


ECM704Introduction to Educational Leadership and Administration

EXE737Leading and Managing Learning Organisations

EXE738Policy Studies in Global and Local Contexts


MPK704Sustainable Environmental Marketing

SLE721Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development

SLE725Environmental Management Systems


HSH701Principles and Practice of Public Health

HSH702Contemporary Health Issues and Policies

HSN706Food Policy and Public Health

International Relations

AIR719The United Nations and International Law

AIR726Human Rights in the International System

Research Units

AIX702Dissertation A 2 credit points *


AIX703Dissertation B 2 credit points *

* Students are required to seek approval from the Course Director if they wish to undertake these units.  Upon approval to enrol, students will be granted exemption from two core units in order to accommodate the Dissertation within the 8 credit points.

Master of Business Administration
Core units

Students must complete the following core units offered by the Faculty of Business and Law:

MPF753/MPT753Finance #

MPK732Marketing Management *

MPM701Business Process Management

MPM721Organisational Behaviour *

MPR706/MPM706Strategic Management *

MPR751/MPA751Financial Reporting and Analysis *#

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

Plus one unit from:

MPM712Managing Innovation

MPM735International Business Management #

MPR722/MPM722Human Resource Management *#

#MPT code denotes study tour version of the unit
*MPR code denotes residential version of the unit