Public Sector Management Program

An articulation agreement has been reached between the Public Sector Management Program and UniSA for graduates of the PSM Program to undertake their MBA.

Experienced managers and supervisors who have completed any of:

  • Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Griffith University
  • Graduate Certificate in Management from Curtin University
  • Graduate Certificate in Management from Macquarie University
  • Graduate Certificate in Management (Public Sector) from RMIT University
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Flinders University

are eligible to apply for the UniSA Master in Business Administration (MBA) through the International Graduate School of Business (IGSB), and will receive status for four courses, recognising successful completion of their PSM Program. 

Pathways to the UniSA MBA

There are two pathways open to graduates of the PSM programs:

  • Graduates can make direct applications as individuals to the IGSB at UniSA to undertake the MBA. To make application for entry into the publicly available program, either online or on campus, email the MBA Program Management Officer on: 

Telephone: (61 8) 8302 0041
Toll free: 1800 502 520   
Facsimile: (61 8) 8302 0709

The program runs on weeknight evenings at the City West campus in Adelaide. Alternatively, the entire MBA is available as an interactive online program with no requirements for attendance at the University. For further information please follow this link to the IGSB website. 

  • If you would like to study as an industry or agency group and undertake an employer sponsored study program, please contact Sandra Walker at Strategic Partnerships, UniSA  on 08 8302 0801 or

Cohorts can be made up of 15 participants from:

  • one agency
  • a group of agencies
  • an industry like transport or health including public and private sector managers
  • one tier of government 
  • a graduated PSM Program intake

or any other combination that fits your organisational or industry strategic management goals and direction.

Program overview

The UniSA MBA consists of a total of 12 courses (subjects). As participants are granted a four course credit when successfully completing the PSM program, they are only required to complete eight courses in UniSA's MBA program.

Each course is either undertaken face to face in seminar style at the IGSB at the City West Campus, accessible from Hindley Street and North Terrace, or undertaken online, with no requirement for attendance on campus. For both delivery methods, the courses are scheduled over four study periods of 11 weeks each year.

Eight Courses to be awarded an MBA

To complete the MBA you will need to successfully complete eight courses:


Application forms are assessed at the IGSB and applicants must meet eligibility criteria. They must have completed their PSM Program with a Pass average, and have either:

  • an undergraduate degree in any discipline regarded as equivalent to an Australian Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years full-time relevant work experience


  • six years middle or senior management experience

Teaching and Learning

Flexible delivery is a key principle of the MBA at UniSA. PSM graduates undertaking the MBA as a group cohort can negotiate the delivery methods best suited to their needs. This can be

  • online, over an 11 week study period
  • face to face, once a week, seminar style
  • a combination of online and face to face seminars
  • weekends or weekdays

For 2013, public programs are scheduled on the City West campus in Adelaide in the evenings, most commonly between 6 pm and 9 pm.

Online learning options

Online is an alternative to studying in a face-to-face environment. Our online programs are delivered via the internet. The mode of delivery emulates interactive seminar rooms, tutorials and syndicate work experience. The virtual class meetings and workgroup discussions lead to effective student group interaction and learning through formal and informal dialogue.

There is no need to be logged on at the same time as the other participants. Lecturers, facilitators and students enter the dialogue in a virtual seminar room as each course progresses. Each course is constructed as a series of modules with each module completed within a set timeframe before progressing to the next.

For further information refer to: MBA Online Study Options


Assessment is linked to the workplace in applied learning projects, so that theoretical concepts are applied to work situations and critical management issues. Individual and group projects are part of both the course work and assessment in both the online and face to face delivery methods. Some courses may include exams.


What is the expected workload?
Each course expects about 3 hour contact time each week (including online) and a further 10-12 hours private study as well as work on group projects.

What are the study period dates?
There are 4 Study Periods. Actual dates vary from year to year.

  • Study Period 1   January to April
  • Study Period 3   April to late June
  • Study Period 4   July to September
  • Study Period 6   September to December

When are the intakes?
For groups undertaking employer sponsored programs, dates can be altered to meet your organisational and industry needs. For individuals enrolling in the public programs, new students are admitted each Study Period.


While fees can be paid under employer sponsored arrangements. Participating students usually pay for their textbooks.

Further clarification

Please direct any enquires to:

Sandra Walker
Strategic Partnerships,
University of South Australia Business School
Level 5 Way Lee Building
City West Campus
North Terrace Adelaide SA 5000

T: 08 8302 0801 

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