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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
  • Post Nominal MExecPubPol
  • CRICOS code 095622F
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MEMPP
  • Post Nominal MExecPubPol
  • CRICOS code 095622F
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

POGO8504 Governing Contemporary Public Policy

POGO8505 Leading and Influencing Public Policy

POGO8506 Strategic Policymaking

A minimum 6 units from completion of the following courses:

POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy

POGO8096 Policy Research

POGO8025 Social Policy Analysis


A maximum 24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

POGO8140 Practice-Based Project

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

CRWF7002 Policy Field School

POGO8035 Research Project

POGO8081 Economics for Government

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8048 Public Finance

POGO8057 Managing Government Finances

POGO8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8084 Principles of Social Policy

POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8210 Case Studies in Economic Policy

POGO8004 Poverty Reduction

POGO8015 Foreign Direct Investment Policy

POGO8212 Energy Politics and Governance

POGO8213 The Global Trading System

EMDV8018 Resources, Environment and Politics in Australia

ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

EMDV8007 Environmental Policy and Communications

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8028 History for Policymakers

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present:

  • 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

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

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.

Ranking and English language proficiency: 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. 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. 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 admission requirements and post-admission support

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:

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.

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:

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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 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.

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.

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

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is currently not available for this program.

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