Executive Master of Public Administration

What is the EMPA?

The Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) is a two year part-time post graduate degree.

Ten subjects are delivered by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and participating universities, in various capital cities.

The course focuses on:

  • public sector management
  • policy design and implementation
  • qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • economics
  • law and regulation
  • organisational change and leadership.

A work based research project and the provision of a mentor are included as part of the program. You can find out more about the course from ANZSOG.

Who can apply?

We invite all high performing ongoing/permanent employees at Grade 11/12 (or equivalent), and above.

How do I apply?

Follow the step by step guide below (in the purple box). We have also added the links to all our online forms on this page.

What is the process?

The initial application process is coordinated by public sector agencies with final selection completed and funded by the Public Service Commission.

What are the guidelines?

We have developed an application guideline which details the interview process, eligibility, study requirements and more. You can download the guideline here (PDF 335.8KB).

What are the costs?

The cost of the EMPA program is funded by NSW Public Service Commission.

However there is a text book levy charge for reading materials supplied to students for the ANZSOG core subjects. (This does not include the cost of reading materials for the University elective subjects).

The text book levy is $500 (plus GST), which must be met by Departments and Agencies of successful participants.

Departments/ Agencies are required to cover the cost of travel and some accommodation associated with this program.

How do I apply?

Complete your online application form.

Save your Submission ID #.

Email your Manager a copy of your completed form, with your Submission ID#.
Ask your Manager to complete their online form.

Give your referee a copy of your Submission ID #.
Ask your Referee to complete their online form.

Applications close on Friday 21 July 2017 at 11:59pm

Online Forms

Here are the links to all the online forms you'll need, as part of your Application for the 2018 Intake of the EMPA .

Program Applications


  • Online Form for Managers
  • TIP - Email your Manager a copy of your completed application form, with your Submission ID #.


Key Dates

  • June 13 2017 - Applications open
  • July 10 2017 - Information session
  • July 21 2017 - Applications close
  • August 18 2017 - Department/Agency rankings complete
  • August 25 2017 - Applicants are shortlisted
  • September (mid) 2017 - Interviews held
  • October (late) 2017 - Final applicants notified
  • February 2018 - EMPA program commences

Information session

The Public Service Commission will be hosting an information session on the EMPA. Please see details below:

Date: Monday 10 July 2017

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

RSVP: Via email NSW_Public_Service_Commission_programs@psc.nsw.gov.au by COB Friday 7 July 2017

Contact Us

If your question is related to your online application form process please contact:

Amanda Ford
Project Support Officer, Events
Public Service Commission
E: amanda.ford@psc.nsw.gov.au
P: 02 9272 6056

If your question in related to the EMPA course, or EMPA application requirements, please contact:

Tim Wigg
Senior Programs Coordinator, EMPA and EFP
The Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
E: t.wigg@anzsog.edu.au
P: 03 9035 3279