This degree examines the processes, institutions and practices of public policy. It is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in, public policy within or outside of government. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research.
The degree also equips students with important skills for analysing and researching public policy, and communicating persuasively on policy relevant matters. Through interactive and case-based teaching, students debate and reflect on the challenges of governing public policy in a dynamic, interconnected, global and increasingly digital world. Designed and taught by world-class public policy scholars from the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, this Masters degree equips graduates for successful and productive careers in public policy.
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.
This program is available for applications to commence from Summer Session, 2018
1. Demonstrate deep understanding of public policy and its key challenges and issues, in Australia and globally
2. Understand processes and challenges of agenda-setting, formulation, implementation, management and evaluation of public policy
3. Reflect critically on key theoretical debates in the field of public policy including its practical application across cultural, developmental and institutional contexts
4. Demonstrate understanding of methods for policy research and analysis and identify and apply them with appropriate tools to public policy issues
5. Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0
Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology
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: www.aqf.edu.au
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: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualificationsUnless 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.
Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
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 Public Policy 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
POGO7901 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis
24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses
POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking 1
POGO8062 Public Sector Management
POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy
POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy
24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
POGO8081 Economics for Government
POGO8096 Policy Research
POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy
POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy
24 units from completion of public policy courses from the following list and courses in any of the following public policy specialisations:
ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project
CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship
POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)
Economic Policy specialisation
Environment and Public Policy specialisation
Foreign and Defence Policy specialisation
Global Development Policy specialisation
Health Policy specialisation
Indigenous Policy specialisation
International Policy specialisation
Policy Analysis specialisation
Policy Communication specialisation
Population Change specialisation
Public Finance specialisation
Regulation: National and International Regimes specialisation
Social Policy specialisation
Social Research Methods specialisation
24 units from completion of further public policy courses listed above and courses in any public policy specialisation