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Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy

A single graduate degree offered by the Crawford School of Public Policy

CNSEP
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CNSEP
  • Post Nominal GCertNaSecPol
  • CRICOS code 103864F
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan CNSEP
  • Post Nominal GCertNaSecPol
  • CRICOS code 103864F
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Policy Studies
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy requires completion of 24 units which must consist of:  

A minimum of 6 units from completion of the following foundational courses:

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Methods


A minimum of 12 units from completion of national security policy courses from the following list:

NSPO8009 Cyber and Emerging Technologies in National Security

NSPO8012 Leadership, Risk and National Security Crisis Management

NSPO8033 Climate, the Environment and National Security

NSPO8035 Australia's Strategic Environment and Future Security Challenges


A maximum of 6 units from completion of national security masterclasses from the following list:

NSPO8042 Civil-Military Relations

NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security

NSPO8046 Terrorism and National Security

NSPO8047 How Canberra Works: a guide for security policymakers

NSPO8049 Security in the Indo-Pacific

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 or international equivalent with GPA 4/7; or
  • Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
  • Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
  • 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
  • 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 5 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 4.5/7.0.

If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of applicants demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

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: www.aqf.edu.au

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: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

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.


Indicative Program Fees

ANU Short Coures Scholarships are available for domestic students for this program

Indicative fees with scholarship $7252


Domestic tuition fees (DTF) - indicative fees $16440

For more information see Fees and Payment page

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$23,455.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments

Scholarships

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 Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy offers a world-class qualification for national security professionals. This program provides an introduction to National Security concepts and practical policy skills, with a focus on navigating the Australian security landscape.

Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the security challenges that confront countries in our region and the world and enhance their capacity to lead or contribute to policy development and security practice in government and related sectors. Elective courses examine a wide range of present and future risks, such as pandemics, climate change, terrorism and cyber attacks.

 The National Security College is a unique joint initiative between the Australian National University and the Australian Government. Join a network of experienced national security practitioners and policy-makers at the National Security College and graduate with a world-class qualification.

NOTE: ANU Short Course Scholarships are available for domestic students for this program.  Please go to Further Information Section for more details.

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

  1. Demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary and emerging national security challenges affecting Australia.

  2. Develop a working understanding of the context, processes, challenges and options for national security policy and implementation.

  3. Communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of written and oral forms for a variety of audiences.

Further Information

ANU Short Course Scholarships

All Domestic applicants who receive an offer of admission to an eligible ANU Short Course will receive an ANU Short Course Scholarship. The ANU Short Course Scholarship will significantly discount the Fees of the program to the equivalent of the maximum Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution Amount. Indicative fee information can be viewed on the Admissions & Fees tab.

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