single degree

Master of National Security Policy

A single 1.5 year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of National Security Policy requires the completion of 72 units which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Methods


A minimum of 36 units from completion of national security policy courses from the following list:

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

NSPO8020 Research Methods in National Security Policy

NSPO8021 Statecraft and National Security in Cyberspace

NSPO8022 Special 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

NSPO8023 National security in the Indo-Pacific


A maximum of 24 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 Foreign Policy Analysis

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 Against Women in Australia, Asia and the Pacific

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

A maximum of 24 units from completion of a research thesis:

NSPO8031 Thesis (24 units)

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

VCPG8002 Ignorance!

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems

Hurdle Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 5.0 in the first 96 units attempted to commence the 24 units of Masters courses in their Bachelor degree. Students who do not achieve this GPA will be able to complete and graduate from their Bachelor degree but will not be able to undertake Masters courses.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 96 in the same teaching period in which the 96th unit is attempted, all courses attempted will be used in the calculation of the GPA.

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

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.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0.

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

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, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units

Credit Granted

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.

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.

This program is available for applications to commence from Summer Session, 2020

Learning Outcomes

  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. apply 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

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