single degree

Master of Environmental Management and Development - Online

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MEMOL
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MEMOL

Program Requirements

The Master of Environmental Management and Development requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy
EMDV7901 Graduate Preparatory Environmental Science
EMDV7902 Graduate Preparatory Environmental Economics

30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources
EMDV8013 Issues in Development and Environment
EMDV8102 Research Methods for Environmental Management
EMDV8104 Environmental Governance
EMDV8078 Introduction to Environmental and Resource Economics

A minimum of 6 units from the following courses:

EMDV8008 Research Proposal
EMDV8066 Research Project
ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods
EMDV8014 Research in Climate Change Policy and Economics

A minimum of 36 units from the following courses:

ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development
ANTH8060 Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment
ANTH8107 The World Bank and the Organisation of Development
EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
EMDV8011 Payments for Environmental Services
EMDV8012 Ecological Economics and Policy
EMDV8079 Water Conflicts
EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics
EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics *
EMDV8103 Environmental Assessment
EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy
EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

A maximum of 12 units from the following courses:

ANTH6009 Culture and Development
ANTH8049 Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs
ANTH8009 Development in Practice
ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics
CHMD8020 The Future of Food and Human Health

Courses other than those listed can be taken as electives with approval from the Program Director


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Economics, Development Studies, Biodiversity Conservation, Geography, Human Ecology, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Sociology, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development.

English Language Requirements

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

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.  Credit may also be available for relevant work experience.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

The Master of Environmental Management and Development - Online will boost your career in natural resource management and environmental policy, and improve your professional ability to respond to the complex challenges of sustainable development.

Offered by the internationally-renowned Crawford School, the program will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills you need to contribute to the goals of economic viability, social acceptability and environmental sustainability in different social and political contexts.

Focus areas include biodiversity conservation, climate change, social impacts, environmental governance, and management of primary resources such as water, fisheries, forests, and minerals.

Credit and exemptions may be given for prior study and work experience, including to the pre-sessional program.


Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify and critically analyse complex environmental and development problems and the key issues that comprise them;
  2. demonstrate theoretical knowledge, research and practical professional skills, together with an appreciation of how they inform and shape debate, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses;
  3. understand, synthesise and explain contemporary environment and development policy issues from alternative disciplinary and social perspectives, and an appreciation of context;
  4. articulate ideas clearly and communicate these persuasively in a range of formats to diverse audiences;
  5. contribute to social, economic and environmental wellbeing.
Back to the top

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions