The EMPA: Your questions answered

  • Published Date: 12 July 2017

ANZSOG’s Michael Mintrom is a Professor of Public Sector Management at Monash University and the Academic Director of the Executive Master of Public Administration. He is responsible for ensuring that the EMPA program meets the needs of its participants: current and future leaders in the public service and not-for-profit sector. Here in this Q&A answers people’s most common questions about the EMPA program.

What is the EMPA?

ANZSOG’s Executive Master of Public Administration is a program of executive-level education offered by ANZSOG in partnership with leading Australian and New Zealand universities. The program allows participants from the public sector to benefit from the knowledge of leading academics and senior officials.

The most important thing to note is that it is a degree that has been designed entirely to help people to become leaders in the public sector.

Our faculty have an in-depth knowledge of the public sector and this course can provide invaluable insights into its inner-workings. You get the best in contemporary thinking about the most pressing issues.

Who should apply? 

The EMPA has been tailored for those who work in or with the public sector. It’s about giving leaders and future leaders the knowledge that will make a difference in their job.

You’ve got a faculty that think a lot about the public sector and the tools that are applicable across public, private and not-for-profit, but they target them to ensure you know how you can use them to be a better manager and leader in the public sector.

Our faculty very rarely sit in a classroom and lecture at you. We ask questions, talk about cases, have team presentations - a range of things like that which really get the room buzzing, and provide a lot of opportunities for creative thought to happen.

Who will I study with?

The EMPA is not just about the quality of the teaching, it’s about who you meet. Being in a classroom with peers is both inspiring and educational. It gives participants a chance to build networks that will last the rest of their career.

The people who sign up for this degree are like-minded, they have similar experiences to you and similar aspirations and that’s incredibly helpful for your learning experience.

You can be in a classroom with 100 other people and you’re talking about a problem in an engaged way and people might say things which you hadn’t thought about before.

How will I benefit?

Participants get a unique chance to develop their skills and prepare them for the challenging environment that they are operating in.

Graduates talk about how the course has changed their career. They tell me they’ve been thrown into a situation that maybe a few years back they would have said they couldn’t handle. 

But now there saying: ‘all right, bring it on’. And they have the confidence that they can address these difficult issues. 

That’s very inspiring because they’re not only advancing themselves, they are advancing those around them.

 How do I balance the EMPA with work and family?

The EMPA is a two year part-time postgraduate degree during which students complete eight core subjects and three electives over two years.

Taking on a post-graduate degree can be daunting, particularly for those who already lead busy lives.

It’s a lot of work and people do worry about their work/life balance during that time. The answer that I give to them is that at ANZSOG we have done a lot to put in support services for you and there is also a lot of flexibility in how you approach your learning.

Where can I do an EMPA?

We teach five of the core subjects in residential intensive mode over a five-day block. Two core subjects are delivered in multiple cities over four days, with students attending in their closest city. 

Students also undertake the applied research Work-Based Project subject throughout the second year of the program, which includes face-to-face sessions at the beginning, mid-point and end of the year. 

Students also complete three elective subjects offered by a partner university. They also have an opportunity to complete a module at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, this is chance to help public sector leaders develop a global perspective and expand the learning opportunities for students. 

How do I apply?

Please submit your expression of interest below and we will be in touch with further information.