single degree

Master of Engaging Asia

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
    • Studies in Human Society NEC
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society NEC
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of Engaging Asia requires completion of 72 units which must consist of:


12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:  

ASIA8040 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century 

ASIA8050 Social Conflict and Environmental Challenges in Asia and the Pacific

A minimum of 12 units from completion of the following comparative courses:

Approaching Asia in Context: Key Issues in Perspective

ASIA8022 Approaching Asia and the Pacific: Concepts, Tools, Methods

ASIA8020 National and Transnational Histories in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8021 Activism and Social Change in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses in one or more of the following thematic clusters:

Asia's Regional Transformations

ASIA8011 Rethinking Northeast Asia: Region, Culture and Society 

ASIA8012 Foundations of Chinese Society: Friends, Family, Connections 

ASIA6030 History of the State System in Southeast Asia 

ASIA6176 India’s Culture Wars

IDEC8021 The Chinese Economy

POGO8220 Issues in Japanese Policy

International Engagement with and within Asia

ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives

INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

INTR8022 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8060 China's Global Engagement

INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations

Asia's Social, Political, and Environmental Challenges

ASIA8051 Language in Asia and the Pacific

EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

REGN8051 Regulating Asia

STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia

STST8068 Asian Strategy and Security

A maximum of 12 units from completion of the following courses on applied international engagement:


BUSI7033 International Business Strategies

BUSI7055 Asian Business Systems


BUSI7001 Managing the Global Supply Chain

MGMT7107 Managing Across Cultures

Environment and Climate Change

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8104 Environmental Governance


ANTH8060 Gender in Resource and Environmental Management

POGO8072 Development Theories and Themes

Tourism and Heritage

HUMN8033 Tourism, Heritage and Globalization

HUMN8035 Critical Issues in Intangible Heritage

Global Public Policy

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

Diplomacy and Negotiation

DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

National Security

NSPO8032 Geoeconomics and national security

NPSO8034 China, America and National Security

Global Governance

REGN8011 Reforming Law and Justice in Asia and the Pacific

ANTH8107 Global Governance and the Role of Multilateral Development Banks


LING6021 Cross Cultural Communication

SCOM6029 Cross Cultural Perspectives in Science Communication

A maximum of 24 units of language courses from the following specialisations or codes:

Burmese Language and Culture 

Chinese Language and Culture 

Hindi Language and Culture 

Indonesian Language and Culture 

Japanese Language and Culture 

Korean Language and Culture 

Literary Chinese Language and Culture 

Mongolian Language and Culture 

Sanskrit Language and Culture 

Tetum Language and Culture 

Thai Language and Culture 

Tok Pisin Language and Culture 

Vietnamese Language and Culture 

Tibetan Language Courses (TIBN)

A maximum of 6 units of experiential courses from the following list: 

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate) 

ASIA8046 Maps and Mapping for the Social Sciences and Humanities

ASIA8512 Supervised Project in Asia-Pacific Studies 

CRWF7002 Policy Field School

CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging and digital disruption 

INDG8001 Indigenous Peoples and Development in Australia: principles and practices for Indigenous-led change 

INDG8003 Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World 

VCPG6004 Creating Impact 

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.

• Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or

• Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

• Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or

• Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or 

• 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or

• Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

• Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

  • A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.

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 5/7.

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.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission

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.

Credit Granted

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.

Cognate Disciplines

Asian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Diplomacy, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, International Business, International Relations, Language Studies, Law, Linguistics, Literary Studies, Media Studies and Journalism, Pacific Studies, Politics and Public Policy, Security Studies, Sociology

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please 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 positions you to build effective, deep, and engaged relationships with Asia in a changing world. In a time of global crisis and unprecedented change, today's leaders benefit from cultural, historical, and social insight into key questions: how will Asia and our region respond to rising inequality, social upheaval, climate change, border challenges, and new transformative technologies? This degree offers the comparative and self-reflective perspective necessary for intercultural leadership skills. You can pursue advanced study in areas of international engagement, social change, political transformation, health crisis, and environmental challenges, while you have the opportunity to apply these regional understandings to such fields as business, diplomacy, tourism, environmental management, and public policy in courses offered across the ANU. In this program, you can develop long-term networks with leading experts in regional affairs. The ANU is home to one of the largest concentrations of scholars focusing on Asia in the world. It offers world-class language training and provides notable opportunities for in-country experiences. In this degree, you build a flexible skill set for professional advancement that allows you to approach key challenges in the region with rigor, empathy, and nuance.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2021

Employment Opportunities

This degree allows professionals in a wide range of fields, such as the public service, business, consulting, public health, journalism, and non-profit management, the capacity to take a leadership role in advancing an organisation's engagement with Asia.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the cultures, societies, politics, environments, and histories of Asian regions; 

  2. Build intercultural leadership skills through multidimensional and self-reflective inquiry;

  3. Understand and apply perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and/or data sciences to engage with critical issues facing Asia;

  4. Understand research principles relevant to engaging Asia, conduct independent research in this area, and demonstrate advanced written and verbal skills;

  5. Communicate findings effectively to influence diverse stakeholders. 

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