Public sector studies


Explore the relationship between government and citizens, the role of policy and its development process. As a specialisation in our Master of Commerce, public sector studies covers topics from public policy analysis through to managing public expenditure.

Get work-ready

Deakin's close ties with industry, government departments and professional associations ensures our courses are matched to current industry practice and are well-recognised qualifications that stand out to employers. Our teachers are leaders in their field and you'll benefit from their extensive experience in areas such as politics, public policy analysis and governance and accountability.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Career opportunities

If you’re passionate about making a difference to the wider community then public sector studies could be for you. Career fields are diverse, including:

  • communications
  • entrepreneurship
  • international development
  • management consulting
  • policymaking
  • non-profit management
  • urban planning.

The most flexible online MBA in Australia

Our online MBA program is ranked among the top 25 in the world – and the best in Victoria – by the prestigious international university ranking analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.


Deakin has been awarded the following prestigious accreditations:

  • The Deakin MBA is rated by QS for program strength, delivering an 'attractive and recognised program with a very high graduate employability rate'. Our online MBA is ranked in the world's top 20 – and the best in Victoria – by the prestigious international university ranking analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds*.
  • Deakin Business School (DBS) is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only five per cent of business programs worldwide are AACSB accredited and DBS is one of only three business schools in Victoria to achieve this recognition.
  • DBS has been awarded EQUIS accreditation through the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). This global best-practice recognition places Deakin Business School in the top 1% of business schools worldwide**.

Deakin blends academic knowledge with work experience, preparing students for a successful career.

Steve Jaynes

MBA director

Research with us

If you’re keen to hone your studies and have an interesting thought about public policy or practices in the public sector, a higher degree by research could be for you.

Learn more about researching with us

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Deakin alumni – get a head start with your postgraduate fees

If you're a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees through our Deakin alumni postgraduate bursary. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about Deakin's alumni postgraduate bursary

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*QS Online MBA Rankings 2020
**EQUIS accredited