single degree

Graduate Certificate of Engaging the Pacific

A single graduate award offered by the School of Culture History and Language

  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

This Graduate Certificate of Engaging the Pacific requires the completion of 24 units which must consist of:

A minimum of 12 units from the completion of courses in the following list:

Pacific Culture in Local, Regional and Global Contexts

PASI8002 Pacific Foundations: From Maritime Societies to Global Cultures

PASI6001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World

PASI6002 Australia in Oceania in the 19th and 20th centuries

PASI8008 Gender and Sexuality in the Pacific

ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific

A minimum of 6 units from the completion of regional, thematic, or mobility courses in the following lists:

History and International Relations

ARCH6005 Archaeology of the Pacific Islanders

ASIA6018 Maps and Mapping in Asia and the Pacific

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

WARS6006 War in the Islands: The Second World War in the Pacific

Law and Development

ANTH8047 Land Rights and Resource Development

ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development

LAWS8006 Law and Development in the Contemporary South Pacific

PASI8004 Pacific Health Development Post-Covid

PASI8005 Politics of Aid and Development in the Pacific

Field Schools, Study Tours and Special Topics

ASIA6022 Special Topics in Asian and Pacific Studies

ASIA6220 Asia Pacific In-Country Learning

PASI6005 Pacific Islands Field School

PASI6030 Study Tour: Regional Policymaking for Pacific Development

A maximum of 6 units of language courses from the following codes:

Hindi Language (HIND) 

French Language (FREN)

Tetum Language (TETM) 

Tok Pisin (TOKP) 

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of the following comparative courses:

ASIA6308 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8020 National and Transnational Histories in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8021 Activism and Social Change in Asia and the Pacific

ASIA8038 Cultural Creativity and Research in Asia and the Pacific

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

ASIA8051 Language and Power in Asia and the Pacific

EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

NSPO8008 Ethical Challenges for National Security

NSPO8033 Climate, the Environment and National Security

NSPO8034 China, America and National Security

NSPO8049 Security in the Indo-Pacific (3 units)*

NSPO8040 Gender and Security (3 units)*

*3 unit courses must be taken together to ensure completion of 6 units.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7
  • a Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7
  • a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program a GPA of 4/7
  • a 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
  • a minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program

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.

Ranking and English 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‚Äôs 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)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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 Graduate Certificate of Engaging the Pacific offers students an opportunity to explore the island regions' diverse histories, cultures, arts, languages, politics, migration and environmental issues so they can engage ethically with Pacific communities. The program utilises critical approaches from interdisciplinary perspectives that are inclusive and supportive of indigenous Pacific voices, knowledges and methods. Students hoping to work in the Pacific region across any industry or discipline, or in the wide variety of agencies and organisations engaged with Pacific policy, teaching, collections and communities in the islands and diaspora, will receive a strong grounding in thinking with and for Oceania.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Students completing this degree will be well positioned for employment in any sector that works with Pacific nations and communities, including the public service, diplomacy, business, research, consulting, aid and development, tourism, and non-profit management.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the cultures, languages, societies, arts, politics, environments, and histories of the Pacific.

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

  3. Reflect critically on how Australia might effectively engage with the Pacific islands and diaspora, drawing on a range of contexts and perspectives.

  4. Demonstrate familiarity with research principles and research-based writing.

Further Information

Upon successful completion of 24 units of this program, you will be eligible to receive 24 units of credit towards the Master's of Engaging Asia program or the Master's of Asian and the Pacific Studies program offered by the School of Culture, History and Language in the College of Asia and the Pacific.

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