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Master of Political Science

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences and 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 Masters of Political Science requires completion of 72 units which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory core courses:

POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents (6 units)

POLS8038 Comparative Political Institutions (6 units)

POLS8039 Comparative Political Behaviour (6 units)

POLS8043 Violence and Political Order (6 units)

POLS8058 Research Design in Political Science

POLS8042 Quantitative Research for Political Science

POLS8048 Intermediate Quantitative Research in Politics (6 units)

POLS8044 Qualitative Research in Politics (6 units)

A maximum of 24 units from completion of 8000-level courses with the following subject areas:

ASIA - Asian Studies

INTR - International Relations

MEAS - Mid Eastern & Central Asian Studies

PASI - Pacific Studies

POGO - Public Policy

POLS - Comparative and Australian Politics

SOCR - Social Research

STAT - Research Methods

STST - Security Studies

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

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate) (6 units)

CRWF7001 Editor’s practicum: online public engagement, academic blogging and digital disruption (6 units)

VCPG6001 Unraveling Complexity (6 units)

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World (6 units)

VCPG6004 Creating Impact (6 units)

VCPG6200 Innovation and Professional Practice Internship (6 units)

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems (6 units)

VCPG8002 Ignorance! (6 units)

Hurdle Requirements

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 5.0/7.0.

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.

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.

Applications for course credit

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

Cognate Disciplines

International relations and diplomacy; public policy and administration; strategic and security studies; political science; economics

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.

The Master of Political Science provides students with the analytical tools they need to answer a range of critical questions - What motivates voters to support populist candidates? How can election outcomes be more accurately forecast? What is the source of ethnic conflicts and how can it be best understood? The program provides training in political science research methods and equips students with in-depth knowledge on contemporary political affairs. Students can choose from a wide selection of topics covering terrorism and counter-terrorism, human rights, interest group advocacy or Islam and democracy. The program will be of interest to those intending to pursue research-oriented careers in government, international organisations, NGOs and private bodies, and to those intending further study in the field. Internationally recognised, this Master degree also paves the way to pursuing a PhD overseas.

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically evaluate key theories in political science;

  2. Interpret and utilize relevant political science methods;

  3. Critically analyse evidence-based research and policy across a range of political issues;

  4. Use theories and methods from political science to explain contemporary political affairs in Australia, Asia, and globally;

  5. Conduct high-level research to undertake self-directed study in political science;

  6. Communicate research findings at a level appropriate for academic and policy audiences.

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