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Executive Master of Public Policy

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MEMPP
  • CRICOS code 095622F
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MEMPP
  • CRICOS code 095622F

Program Requirements

The Executive Master of Public Policy requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POGO8081 Economics for Government

POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy

POGO8504 Governing Contemporary Public Policy

POGO8505 Leading and Influencing Public Policy

POGO8506 Strategic Policymaking


18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy

POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis

POGO8029 Health Policy in a Globalising World

POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8080 Organisational Finance and Budgeting

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy

POGO8115 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime

POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy

Admission Requirements

NOTE: This program is closed to International applicants for 2019

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

A minimum of seven years work experience in public policy in government, for profit or not for profit organisations

English language requirements

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

Further information

Supplementary criteria;

a. Applicants must provide a curriculum vitae and two references that show:

i. Demonstrated management experience; and

ii Demonstrated commitment to an executive career in public policy

b. In addition provide a statement of purpose that addresses the applicants commitment to an executive career in public policy.

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.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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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.

This degree offers senior managers engaged in public policy within or outside government the opportunity to build skills and knowledge for governing and leading ethically in a global world. It is designed to strengthen and stretch you capacity to be an executive leader working in complex and dynamic policy environments. Throughout the EMPP degree you will reflect on your extensive policy experience, drawing on relevant scholarly debates on leadership and strategic policy-making in contemporary governance. The degree strengthens your capacity for effective executive leadership in public policy particularly in analytic, strategic and reflective thinking. You will be equipped with cutting-edge conceptual and analytical tools, as well as skills in policy communication and persuasion. The one year Executive Masters degree offers a unique cohort experience in high-quality education at Australia’s leading public policy school. Designed and taught by world class public policy scholars from the ANU’s Crawford School, this Masters degree is delivered through a mix of case-based, interactive and intensive modes of teaching.

NOTE: This program is closed to International applicants for 2019

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

1.    Demonstrate a critical understanding of the key debates and thinking about governing in a global context

2.    Exercise ethical and responsible leadership in making and implementing public policy

3.    Manage strategic policymaking, implementation, and evaluation processes in complex and changing environments

4.    Employ high-level analytical skills to evaluate policy challenges and policy outcomes

5.    Influence debates and analysis of public policy issues and practical challenges across diverse cultural, developmental and institutional contexts

6.    Communicate strategically with a range of other actors inside and outside government

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