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Master of National Security Policy

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MNSPO
  • CRICOS code 082340A
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan MNSPO
  • CRICOS code 082340A

Program Requirements

The Master of National Security Policy requires the completion of 96 units which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking
NSPO8020 Research Methods in National Security Policy
NSPO8023 National security in the Indo-Pacific
NSPO8011 Foundations of National Security

A minimum of 30 units from completion of national security policy courses from the following list:

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges
NSPO8008 Ethical Challenges for National Security
NSPO8009 Cyber-intelligence and Security
NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations
NSPO8012 National Security and Crisis Management
NSPO8014 Ethics and Technologies of War
NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime
NSPO8018 The Evolution of National Security Policy since 1945
NSPO8021 Statecraft and national security in cyberspace
NSPO8022 Selected Topic in National Security Policy
NSPO8024 American National Security Policy
NSPO8025 Terrorism and National Security
NSPO8026 Energy and National Security
NSPO8027 Propaganda, Information War and National Security
NSPO8028 History and Policymaking

A maximum of 36 units from completion of strategy and policy courses from the following list:

CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change
DIPL8006 Diplomacy, Politics and the United Nations
INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy
INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics
INTR8065 Writing International Relations
INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific
INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy
MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism
MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics
POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future
POGO8083 Policy Advocacy
REGN8007 Violence in the Contemporary World
STST8001 Strategic Studies
STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia
STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges
STST8021 Intelligence and Security
STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century
STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror
STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

A maximum of 6 units from the following experiential courses

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project
CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging digital disruption
CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

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.

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 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.
Credit for relevant work experience may be considered and will be determined in accordance with the University’s Credit Policy and Procedure

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.

Join a network of experienced national security practitioners and policy-makers at the National Security College with the highly-regarded Master of National Security Policy.

This program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the current and emerging national security challenges facing our region and the world. Develop the skills to implement and evaluate effective policy responses, and graduate as a future leader in strategy development.

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

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

1. demonstrate a greater understanding of national security issues
2. understand research principles and methods applicable to different disciplinary approaches to national security issues
3. reflect critically on theory and practice of national security issues
4. demonstrate high-level analytical skills as well as oral and written communication skills
5. conduct independent research and understand aspects of professional practice within the field of national security

Cognate disciplines

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Development Studies, Governance, History, International Affairs, International Relations, Law, Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, Policy Studies, Public Administration, Political Communication, Political Sciences, Security Studies, Strategic Studies.

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