Master of Public Administration (MPAdmin.) - Flexible Learning (Madang Campus)



Credit Points required completing the award

Students are required to gain 100 credit points (100cp) to be eligible to graduate.

Duration of Study

The Master of Public Administration consists of TEN units of study each with a value of 10 credit points. Students are required to take all ten units on offer within the two years, which is equivalent to four semesters of study. Students may choose to complete the program over two and a half years, which is the total of five semesters, but no more that.

Structure/Study mode and location

Students are required to attend an intensive residential component in Madang during each semester. Directed and practical assignments relating to workplace applications are completed in the student’s own time. The program is conducted through a flexible-learning mode using well established principles of adult learning applied to our Papua New Guinea context, and employs collaborative classroom teaching and learning approach.

Admission Requirements

People who hold a bachelor degree in Business, Arts, Education, Social Sciences, Public Health, Public Administration or a related field with at least five years of work experience can enroll in the program.


Program Units

MN601  Public Administration Theory and Practice                                                  
MN602  Ethics and Leadership in the Public Sector                                                  
MN603  Managing Information & Technology - Public sector                                   
MN604 Disaster Risk Management & Conflict resolution                                          
MN605  Public Sector Human Resource Management                                              
MN606 Public Finance and Budgeting                                                                       
MN607 Administrative Law and Public Policy                                                            
MN608 Strategic Planning in the changing Environment                                         
MN609 Applied Research & Evaluation Methods                                                      
MN610 Applied Research Project                                                                              


Unit Descriptions


MN601 Public Administration Theory and Practice - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores public administration theory and practice drawing from global and regional contexts to provide a conceptual understanding of national policy frameworks. Within this policy context, the emphasis is on critical analysis of the fundamental concepts and principles in public administration using examples of workplace settings in public and non-profit organizations. The unit also investigates relations and relevance of the conceptual and operational applications in the various settings. Specific unit topics, include, public administration and politics, administrative organization and bureaucracy, basic problems in public administration, administrative responsibility, and considerations for a pragmatic and workable approach towards modern day public administration. Case studies will be employed to provide for students to apply their knowledge and skills in decision-making in workplace situations in the public and other service sector organizations.


MN602 Ethical Leadership in the Public Sector - 10 Credit Points

This unit explores ethics and philosophy of human acts as foundations of management thought and action. In today’s public sector or business many CEOs need to know what the signs are that an organization is getting it right and addressing the most important dimensions of managing ethics, creating ethical culture and an ethical organization. This unit will equip students to think ethically. Having a method for ethical decision making in any organization is absolutely essential in today’s public sector or business world. This unit will assist students to create a framework for ethical decision making as a useful process for exploring ethical dilemmas and identifying ethical courses of action in PNG’s complex culturally diverse context. This unit will examine theories of what an ethical community, an ethical public sector, an ethical business, an ethical government or an ethical society should be. It will make inquiries into different levels of humans acting ethically as individuals, creating an ethical culture and organizations or governments and making the PNG society as a whole ethically in the way it does business and treats everyone.


MN603 Managing Information and Technology in the Public Sector - 10 Credit Points

This unit will be delivered online. It provides a strategic approach to the use of information systems in public and nonprofits organizations. The participants are introduced to the use of information systems as a means of achieving competitive advantage and for improving efficiency and effectiveness in government processes and managerial decision making. Participants learn the tools and techniques to manage information as a resource and to use it to help transform public sector organizations and to promote innovative best practices. The unit enables participants to manage information as one of the key resources of an organization by planning, developing, implementing and evaluating information systems from a managerial perspective, taking into account social, ethical, cultural and global factors. .


MN604 Disaster Risk Management and Conflict Resolution - 10 Credit Points

This unit combines managing natural disasters as well as disasters that are created by human kind that may ultimately lead to conflicts. For the former, the unit focuses on the pre emergency functions that are critical in emergency management and disaster relief systems, to include mitigation, risk management, planning, and process. The unit covers all issues associated with emergency planning up to the point that the emergency actually occurs. Included in the unit is in depth study of current policy and plans associated with interagency cooperation, shortfalls in interagency and intergovernmental efforts, principles for effective inter organizational behaviour, and concepts for closer inter organizational action. In addressing the latter, the focus is on resolving conflicts created by human kind, including, structural constructs. Workplace conflicts as well as those that arise from natural disasters are explored through alternate dispute resolution techniques, with the view to ensuring reconciliation. The issue of sustainability and the communication of sustainable practices are integral to this unit, given that disasters and conflicts are preventable if risks are identified early. The unit will therefore engage seminar/workshop approaches to teaching and learning.


MN605 Public Sector Human Resource Management - 10 Credit Points

This unit offers an overview of the major issues and areas of responsibility for the efficient and effective management of human resources in the PNG public service for maximum productivity to achieve organizational goals. Students consider how to advise and assist with operational matters such as HR policies, recruiting, selecting and inducting employees, retaining employees, remunerating employees, training and development opportunities, managing employee health, safety and welfare, managing productivity, performance appraisals, organization design, job design, information systems, workplace relations, and managing a diverse workforce. Attention is given to strategic planning to forecast HR requirements, developing policies, understanding legislative matters, maintaining HR information systems, enabling change, ways to engage the full efforts of all employees, how to create a learning environment and how to manage a flexible and changing workforce.


MN606 Public Finance and Budgeting - 10 Credit Points

This unit is designed for students to gain insight to the development and framework of financial management as it applies within the public sector environment. The unit addresses the way in which the public sector spends, raises revenues, borrows, allocates and manages monetary resources over time, taking into account the risks entailed. The unit covers an introduction to essential elements of accounting skills and basic principles of financial statement. It explores various sides of budget equation ranging from technical, structural to rational. Participants are familiarized with the techniques and practices of budget preparation and documentation, including, how to develop and present a government budget and financial statements. The unit also examines critically the relations between multilevel government /interagency and how they plan and manage public funds. Best practices of transparency and accountability in managing public finance and budgeting are emphasized as participants are equipped with sound financial knowledge, skills, attitude, and ethical considerations in light of political and policy implications for budget decisions.


MN607 Administrative Law and Public Policy - 10 Credit Points

There is an increasing awareness that public policy, and the administrative law system that manages it, are subject to intense political and cultural pressures. This unit examines the sources, influences, operation and consequences of law and public policy formation, and analyses public policy initiatives from political and legal aspects as to their intentions, achievable aims, and intended and unintended outcomes. The unit highlights the functions, impacts, and constraints of key stakeholders upon policy development and the policy making process. It also explores professional ethics related to the role of the policy analyst and considers the significant social outcomes of public policy. An overview of the theories and strategies used by policymakers and policy analysts to develop, implement, execute, evaluate, and propagate public policy is provided. Students then explore the impact and consequences of public policy and consider and evaluate policy in a social justice framework. The unit culminates in students crafting a policy memorandum to a decision maker of their choosing regarding a current public policy problem that examines and evaluates competing policy alternatives and the administrative law system that manages it.


MN608 Strategic Planning in the Changing Public Environment - 10 Credit Points

Strategic planning in the changing public environment enables students to develop a strategic thinking mindset using a deliberative, disciplined process that allows strategic thinking, acting, and learning to be joined for the ultimate benefit of those involved or affected. In addition participants will develop skills in information gathering, analysis and synthesis of public sector strategic issues using a number of analytical tools. They will learn to apply strategic planning concepts, processes, procedures, and tools that will enable them to design and develop organizational strategic plans.


MN609 Applied Research and Evaluation Methods - 10 Credit Points

Organizational credibility, community trust, and fundraising are increasingly dependent upon demonstration of program effectiveness and success. This unit introduces research and evaluation methods in the public, private, and nonprofits sectors. Key components of Action Research, as participatory applied research will be covered and opportunities given to participants to investigate the various research methods and techniques required for workplace learning. Participants will examine models, quantitative metrics, and tools used to evaluate programs and policies; legal and ethical issues associated with research and evaluation methods; and the strengths, limitations, and threats to validity. Participants will critically evaluate sample research using these parameters and apply these principles through various case analysis related to the nature of their work. As a final outcome, participants will write a research proposal.


MN610 Applied Research Project - 10 Credit Points

This unit provides participants with an opportunity to integrate learning from earlier units in the program, especially MN609, by engaging in and producing an applied research project. Participants will apply the techniques and principles of Action Research, which will require them to select an aspect of their organization and reflect on their workplace practices. They will then apply the research methodologies covered earlier to conduct their research, which will culminate in an actual project. The project may focus on governance, policy, or leadership and management in either the public or nonprofits sectors or take a cross-sector comparative perspective, so long as it is directly related to the nature of their work and will be of benefit in the future.