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

Cloud (online)No
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeD720

Pipelining course from 2015.

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

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

*Indicative course fees should be used as a guide only. Deakin University assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. The indicative course fee is an estimate based on a typical enrolment a student may have for their first year of study in 2015 for their course. The indicative course fee is based on historical first year enrolments within the course, reflecting the discipline cluster of the units which may be studied within the course. The actual fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen. The cost of each unit can be viewed from the Unit Search. Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services.

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

AIP746Challenges to Democratic Governance

AIP740Public Policy Analysis

AIP747Policy and Program Evaluation

Trimester 2

AIP748Intergovernmental Relations

AIP777Accountability and Corporate Social Responsibility **

Trimester 3

AIP773Governance and Accountability

**AIP777 not offered 2015 - reoffered 2016.


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


SLE721Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development

SLE725Environmental Management Systems

MPK704Sustainable Environmental Marketing


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

For students wishing to undertake a PhD pathway in Politics and Policy Studies, the following units are offered:

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:

MPR751/MPA751Financial Reporting and Analysis *#

MPT781/MPE781Economics for Managers #

MPF753/MPT753Finance #

MPK732Marketing Management *

MPR706/MPM706Strategic Management *

MPM721Organisational Behaviour *

MPM701Business Process Management

Plus one unit from:

MPM735International Business Management #

MPM712Managing Innovation

MPR722/MPM722Human Resource Management *#

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