The School of Government offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional programmes in public policy and public management.

Located directly opposite Parliament in Rutherford House on Victoria University of Wellington’s Pipitea campus, the School is ideally situated to help build capacity in New Zealand’s public sector.

Academic prospectuses

Information about our programmes, courses and people.

Public Policy and Government

Learn how government works and how to make it work better. Find out how and why policy decisions are made, who they're made for, and how they can be most effective.

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Available subjects

  • e-Government
  • Public Administration
  • Public Management
  • Public Policy
  • Restorative Justice Practice
  • Social Policy
Director of Undergraduate programs, Dr Jaikishan Desai

Undergraduate study

Watch a presentation on how you can change the world through the study of public policy at the undergraduate level (25 mins). Read more under the study menu.

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Hear from PhD students

Hear from some current PhD students about their study experiences with the School of Government.

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SOG 2019 PhD graduates with senior staff
SOG Graduate pathways students with course coordinator Dr Barbara Allen

Fast-track your public sector career

Learn more about the Graduate Pathway professional programme towards a Master’s in Public Policy or Public Management and students who have recently completed the programme.

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International accreditation

The Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Management degrees have an international endorsement with accreditation by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

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Upcoming events

  • A Monetary Policy Response to Covid-19

    The Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Adrian Orr, will discuss the monetary policy response to COVID-19 – during and following the immediate shock.

    Venue: Old Government Buildings LT2 (GBLT2)