University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Master of Local Government

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

The Master of Local Government provides professionals, managers and leaders in local government with an advanced body of knowledge and skills to reflect critically on theory and practice. This enables them to apply this knowledge in their roles in strategic thinking, planning and shaping local communities. The course provides graduates with an evidence-based learning approach to build a high level of influence and leadership in their local government workplace. The course, which is informed by the research and capacity-building activities of the UTS Centre for Local Government, provides an interdisciplinary program with teaching and learning activities ranging across and beyond the faculty. An education program is developed to match the requirements of each participant's individual requirements, and subjects can be studied through intensive block release or in some cases through online delivery mode.


Students must complete 72 credit points made up of 36 credit points of core subjects and 36 credit points of electives.


  • Local government

Standard entry requirements

  • UTS recognised bachelor degree, or equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies. In addition, applicants need to provide: a personal statement (max. 300 words) addressing their reasons for wishing to undertake the program
  • A CV articulating local government sector related work with a minimum of 5 years' experience. Applicants who do not possess such qualifications must have 5 years' relevant professional experience and demonstrate evidence of meeting bachelor degree learning outcomes in the above discipline areas. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 58-64
  • Or CAE: 176-184. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Study pathways

Students who have completed relevant previous studies (such as relevant postgraduate studies at a recognised institution or eligible UTS short courses) may apply to the course coordinator for credit recognition. This course is part of an articulated program of study. Students can exit this course after completing: 24 credit points of specified subjects with a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management, 48 credit points of specified subjects with a Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
City International: $41,040 No
  • Full-time : 1.5 years
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

The course is highly suited to professionals wishing to progress their careers as senior managers and leaders of local councils. It is also highly recommended for public administrators and policymakers from other tiers of government, and managers from the non-government sector who partner on a regular basis with local government and wish to better understand the principles and practices of local governance.

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