Dual degree offered: Evans’s School Global Master of Public Administration and, from Victoria University of Wellington:

  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Public Management
  • Master of E-Government

About the partner:

The Victoria University of Wellington, set in New Zealand’s beautiful coastal capital city, was established in 1897. Its School of Government (SoG) is located directly opposite Parliament in Rutherford House on Victoria’s Pipitea campus.  The School is ideally situated to engage with a broad range of national policymaking institutions, and also attracts a wide range of international students, who come to study New Zealand’s innovative public sector.  In 2017, the Master of Public Policy and the Master of Public Management were accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the global leader in accreditation of public service education.

The city of Wellington, the second largest in New Zealand, is set on a scenic natural harbor and among green hillsides adorned with colonial era architecture.  It ranks among cities with the highest quality of living worldwide; and Lonely Planet named Wellington “the coolest little capital in the world”.

About the curriculum:

This dual degree partner offers three degree options, described below.  In all of them, students begin their second year in November, i.e. about two months after completing the Evans School summer curriculum.  The second year for dual degree students then runs until October the following year, giving this dual degree an overall duration of approximately 25 months.  In addition, please note that all incoming VUW students are generally required to have two years of relevant work experience.

Master of Public Policy:

The MPP is designed for policy analysts and advisors engaged in policy analysis, policy design and evaluation in the public and non-government sectors, and aims to develop and improve participants’ skills and competencies in these fields.

Participants learn practical problem-solving skills and techniques drawing on theories, concepts and frameworks, models and methods from economics, politics and a range of additional disciplines, and their application to specialised policy areas.

Curriculum: Students must complete 34 credits from the list below, as approved by the VUW SoG dual degree program academic director.

Term

Course

Credits

Trimester “3” (November start)

GOVT 503 – Policy and Management Practice

4.2

Elective

Total Trimester 3 Credits

8.4

Trimester “1” (March start)

Elective (Recommended is GOVT 534 – Public Integrity)

4.2

Elective

4.2

GOVT 569 Internship

or Elective

4.2

Total Trimester 1 Credits

12.6

Trimester “2” (July)

GOVT 562 – Research Paper

8.4

Elective (Recommended is GOVT 522 – Special Topic: Public Policy and the Economics of Well-being)

4.2

Total Trimester 2 Credits

12.6

Total Course Credits

  33.6*

*These courses total 120 points at Victoria University of Wellington

 

* The academic calendar at VUW designates three trimesters – trimesters 1, 2 and 3.  Because the academic calendars of the two universities are not synchronized, dual degree students start, after a two month hiatus, in what is designated as “trimester 3” at VUW, before proceeding on to trimesters 1 and 2.

Master of Public Management:

The MPM is designed for those aspiring to, or already in, management in the public and non-government sectors.  The courses allow students to enhance their understanding of the theory and practice of public management, upgrade their personal skills and competencies as a manager and develop ways of improving practice in their organisations.

Governance and public sector reform, managing strategy and achieving results, managing budgets, finances and organisational capital, planning, service delivery, monitoring and evaluation, managing and leading people and achieving desired change – and much more – are all covered in the degree.

Curriculum: Students must complete 34 credits from the list below, as approved by the VUW SoG dual degree program academic director.

Term

Course

Credits

Trimester “3” (November start)

GOVT 503 – Policy and Management Practice

4.2

EGOV 503 Managing ICT-enabled forms of Public Engagement [Online] (15 VUW points)

4.2

Total Trimester 3 Credits

8.4

Trimester “1” (March start)

GOVT 519 – Development Policy and Management

4.2

GOVT 514 – Leading Change in Public and Community Organisations (15 VUW points)

4.2

GOVT 569 Internship

or Elective

4.2

Total Trimester 1 Credits

12.6

Trimester “2” (July)

EGOV 502 – e-Government, Public Sector Reform and Good Governance (15 VUW points)

4.2

GOVT 513 – Managing People in the Public Sector (15 VUW points)

4.2

GOVT 535 Contracting, Procurement and Collaboration (15 VUW points)

4.2

Total Trimester 2 Credits

12.6

Total Course Credits

  33.6*

*These courses total 120 points at Victoria University of Wellington

 

* The academic calendar at VUW designates three trimesters – trimesters 1, 2 and 3.  Because the academic calendars of the two universities are not synchronized, dual degree students start, after a two month hiatus, in what is designated as “trimester 3” at VUW, before proceeding on to trimesters 1 and 2.

Master of E-Government

One of the first such programmes worldwide, the MEGov is a unique Master’s qualification that provides students with the opportunity to learn about how to successfully manage transformational e-government initiatives, such as innovative technology-enabled forms of integrated public service provision and public engagement.  The MEGov predominantly focuses on how to effectively manage transformational e-government initiatives, rather than on the technical aspects of e-government.

Graduates will be able to:

  • gain the knowledge and competence to understand, analyse, design and manage transformational e-government initiatives;
  • translate technical, institutional, organisational and user requirements into a robust e-government design;
  • lead change in public sector organisations and manage the implications;
  • apply and transfer e-government knowledge across public sector environments;
  • communicate and collaborate effectively with a variety of internal stakeholders, such as politicians and senior management, and external stakeholders, such as citizens, businesses and non-governmental organisations.

Curriculum: Students must complete 34 credits from the list below, as approved by the VUW SoG dual degree program academic director.

Term

Course

Credits

Trimester “3” (November start)

GOVT 503 – Policy and Management Practice

4.2

MMIM 513 – Managing IT-related Change (15 VUW points)

4.2

Total Trimester 3 Credits

8.4

Trimester “1” (March start)

EGOV 501 – Managing Public Service Transformation (15 VUW points)

4.2

EGOV 503 – Managing ICT-enabled forms of Public Engagement [Online] (15 VUW points)

4.2

GOVT 514 – Leading Change in Public and Community Organisations (15 VUW points)

4.2

Total Trimester 1 Credits

12.6

Trimester “2” (July)

EGOV 502 – e-Government, Public Sector Reform and Good Governance (15 VUW points)

4.2

MMIM 510 – Information Systems Management (15 VUW points)

4.2

GOVT 513 – Managing People in the Public Sector (15 VUW points)

4.2

Total Trimester 2 Credits

12.6

Total Course Credits

 33.6*

*These courses total 120 points st Victoria University of Wellington

 

*The academic calendar at VUW designates three trimesters – trimesters 1, 2 and 3.  Because the academic calendars of the two universities are not synchronized, dual degree students start, after a two month hiatus, in what is designated as “trimester 3” at VUW, before proceeding on to trimesters 1 and 2.

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