MBAX (Policy Leadership)

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The MBA (Policy Leadership) is offered as part of the MBAX program. MBAX offers you the option to specialise your MBA within your chosen field of study.

Gain the skills and knowledge to be effective in a contemporary policy environment, build your capability to manage the changes and challenges that government will face in the future.

The AGSM MBAX is a unique part-time fully flexible MBA that can be done entirely online, or you have the option to personalise your study experience by opting to attend face-to-face courses, or you can choose to study in a combination of these delivery modes.

AGSM’s MBAX program is ranked 1st in Australia and ranked #4 online MBA in the world according to the QS 2024 Global Online MBA Rankings.

AGSM ranks well above the global average Employability, where our score of 81.8 was 34.2 points ahead of the global average, based on over 38,000 employers who were interviewed as part of these rankings’ surveys. AGSM was ranked second in the world for its ESG ranking among the top Online MBAs. It also ranked joint first place for Women on Board (50 per cent), second place for Female Students (40 per cent) and ranked third in the world for Women Faculty (41 per cent).

This reflects not just the quality of students we attract but also the significant investment we have made in career services across AGSM. An AGSM MBAX graduate doesn't just walk away with a reputable qualification, but with the skills needed to accelerate their career, change industries or start a new enterprise.

Why choose this degree?

The MBAX (Policy Leadership) will enable executives, managers, and leaders to develop the knowledge and attributes needed for senior public administration roles. It will also provide development for public service executives and policy managers, or who wish to improve their effectiveness and leadership skills.

The Australian Public Service needs to build its capability to adapt and transform to be ready for the big changes and challenges that government will face in the foreseeable future. This includes building its professionalism and expertise, architecting future-oriented data and digital infrastructures, streamlining government organisations, and nurturing collaborative partnerships needed to resolve society-wide problems. 

This specialisation will help current and future public sector leaders develop the capability to design and deliver robust policy, underpin policy by strong analysis and decision making, lead in complex and disrupted environments; and guide policy through multi-level and multiple stakeholder sectors.

Who is this degree for?

  • Leaders and managers who already work within government and who wish to improve their effectiveness and leadership skills working within complex public policy governance systems.
  • Those who wish to become senior public administrators, public service executives and policy managers
  • Experienced managers and professionals working in a broad range of industries that provide services to government organisations

Program structure and courses

Degree type


Postgraduate Master Degree


2-6 years part-time

Commencing terms

Term 1 – February
Term 2 – June
Term 3 – September

Program code


Delivery mode

Fully online (with Face-to-face options)

Domestic / International


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