La Trobe University

Graduate Certificate in Management (Public Sector)


Start dates
October 2018
One year of part-time study.
Fees and costs
$29,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

The course has been developed in conjunction with the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to be able to make a significant contribution to public policy, policy development and policy leadership as well as to develop ideas, lead and manage organisational activities across government. The course offers opportunities for a pathway to a Master of Management.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 8.

Entry requirements


An Australian Bachelor's degree in any discipline or an approved equivalent qualification. Admission may be granted to applicants without an undergraduate degree but with five or more years of relevant work experience. In making an offer to an applicant, the University may give consideration to a range of factors including English proficiency, academic record and/or employment experience.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

This qualification is designed for public servants seeking to advance their career in public administration and leadership, or for students seeking to develop a career in public sector management or leadership in the public sector or not-for-profit organisations.

Professional recognition

Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Management (Public Sector) may apply for membership with Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$29,400 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for Summer Semester 2018 will open soon.

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Additional information

As part of the course requirements, students are required to complete the subject, "Gain the Policy Edge". This five-day intensive program is delivered by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria) at their city offices.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: