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IPAA WA is proud to partner with the Curtin University Graduate School of Business this year to provide graduates of the IPAA WA Policy in Practice (PiP) program with one unit of Advanced Standing (optional unit), also known as credit or recognition of prior learning, across three Graduate School of Business programs:

If you are interested in one of Curtin University’s Graduate School of Business programs above, completing the 2024 PiP program could reduce your study load by 25 credit points (one unit), shorten your study time, and save you significantly.

Combining the tertiary qualifications from Curtin University with the practical skill development of IPAA WA’s Policy in Practice program will ensure you have the capability to excel in your policy leadership role.

If you are a past PiP graduate (from 2019 onwards) and want to take advantage of this benefit, please contact us for more information and to confirm your eligibility.

About Policy in Practice

The IPAA WA Policy in Practice (PiP) program has established itself as the gateway for mid to senior-level professionals involved in policy design, development, and implementation looking to elevate their policy expertise and become a proficient policy leader. Policy in Practice provides you with:

  • A Comprehensive Curriculum – the meticulously crafted curriculum covers the entire policy lifecycle, from inception and design to implementation and evaluation.
  • An Interactive Learning Experience – dynamic discussions, case studies, and simulations that simulate real-world policy challenges ensures a rich learning environment.
  • Practical Skill Development – after obtaining the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools throughout the program, you will put what you have learned to the test in developing an innovative, contemporary solution to a complex policy problem.
  • Expert Facilitation – the wealth of knowledge and experience of the facilitators, who have a proven track record in the most senior policy and political roles, ensures you learn from first-hand, real-word insights.
  • Networking Opportunities – connect, build, and re-energise your valuable networks with like-minded colleagues from across the public service to ensure you have a reliable network for collaboration.

About the Curtin Graduate School of Business Programs

Graduate Certificate in Business, Graduate Diploma in Business and Master of Business Administration courses

Achieving an MBA from Curtin University means that you hold an internationally respected qualification from an elite global business school – recognised through triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB International and EFMD (Accredited MBA). Curtin is also respected as a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education.

Curtin University’s MBA not only gives you the fundamental skills in financial management and economics, but also in the business leadership, decision-making and organisational strategies that underpin sustainable business practices. These areas of expertise align with contemporary practices and challenges in industry and reflect the unpredictability of global business markets.

Curtin’s MBA also gives you the opportunity to specialise in one of four areas of business expertise:

  • Business Administration: In this specialisation you’ll gain the ability to create and evaluate innovative ideas and strategise for unpredictable business environments.
  • Energy Transition: In this specialisation you’ll gain advanced knowledge of oil, gas and energy management and learn how to adapt business strategies to energy sector changes.
  • Leadership: In this specialisation you’ll explore the philosophy and ethics of leadership and current and future leadership challenges.

If you’re looking to step up from a technical career or switch careers, this MBA will give you the skills and confidence – as well as the knowledge, skills, theory and terminology – to progress your career.

You can complete your MBA over only four trimesters (about 15 months, studying full-time) or study at a pace that suits your work and life commitments.

  • Your face-to-face study is at Curtin’s Graduate School of Business, in the heart of the Perth CBD.
  • One optional unit can comprise Executive Education Masterclasses (five days).
  • You can choose to study on-campus (evenings or block teaching), online or a mix of both.
  • You can start your course at the time of the year that’s best for you, either January, May or September

If you don’t yet meet the admission criteria for the MBA, complete Curtin University’s Graduate Certificate in Business or Graduate Certificate in Business Futures as a stepping stone. This pathway won’t take you any longer, as completing the units in those graduate certificates will provide course credits towards your MBA.

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