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Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced)

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

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  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8002 Grand Strategies in the Asia-Pacific

48 units from completion of courses from the following list:

INTR8036 World Politics

INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific

MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

MEAS8113 The Gulf Strategic Environment

NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

NSPO8014 Ethics and Technologies of War

STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy

STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges

STST8017 Special Topics in Strategic Studies

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror

STST8032 Why and How We Fight: Understanding War and Conflict

STST8033 Contemporary Issues in Australian Defence Policy

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

STST8052 Strategy in Action: The Development of the Operational Art

24 units from the completion of courses from the following list:

STST7001 Strategic Studies Sub-thesis FT (24u)

STST7002 Strategic Studies Sub-thesis PT (12u)

STST7003 Strategic Studies Internship (24u)

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 72 units of courses attempted in order to enrol in courses from the following list:

STST7001 Strategic Studies Sub-thesis FT (24u)

STST7002 Strategic Studies Sub-thesis PT (12u)

STST7003 Strategic Studies Internship (24u)

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Students who do not achieve a minimum of 70% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Master of Strategic Studies.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70%.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 72 units of courses attempted in order to remain enrolled in the Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced).

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$23,616.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$34,800.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

This unique and highly regarded ANU graduate program opens the right doors for students seeking a successful career. Our program offers advanced coursework and research opportunities in strategic studies.

You will develop strong analytical frameworks and practical skills for understanding the leading challenges in strategy and security policy. These approaches are explored in the context of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre’s main research and teaching concentrations of Australian defence and security issues, Asia-Pacific security and global strategic issues.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

NEW program - available for applications commencing from Summer Session, 2015

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. demonstrate specialised knowledge and cognitive skills in strategic and defence studies;
  2. possess an integrated understanding of the conduct of strategy, military operations, and its relationship to policy;
  3. be capable of undertaking strategic and policy analysis and be able to analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information relating to the conduct of strategy and military operations
  4. possess the technical skills needed to access the academic literature in the fields of study associated with strategic and defence studies;
  5. demonstrative high levels of independent research and apply established theories and concepts and exercise expert judgement in military, defence or policy contexts;
  6. apply strategic concepts and knowledge to practical problems in a contemporary setting;
  7. demonstrate high levels of written and oral communication in the field of strategic and defence studies;
  8. make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of strategic and defence studies;
  9. be able to proceed to a PhD in strategic and defence studies or relate discipline subject to grades achieved.

Cognate disciplines

Politics, political science, international relations, history, sociology, economics, public policy, public administration, strategic studies, social science

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