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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SOG Graduation Photos for December 2019

On 12 December the School of Government hosted our 2019 December graduates for a celebratory morning tea. Congratulations to all our graduating students.

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Some School of Government graduates with Deputy Head of School
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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    Bringing out the best in the bureaucracy

    Heartless, inflexible, officious – three words that sum up many people’s experiences of dealing with big government-run departments. Could there be a better way? Emeritus Professor Bob Gregory and PhD candidate Kristen Maynard from Wellington School of Business and Government think so.