- Length 2 year full-time
- Minimum 96 Units
- Academic plan MPUPP
- Post Nominal MPubPol
- CRICOS code 082349C
Mode of delivery
Field of Education
- Policy Studies
- Academic contact
The Master of Public Policy requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
Completion of the following three short courses in the pre-sessional component
CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy
POGO7901 Graduate Preparatory Social, Political and Policy Analysis
CRWF7902 Graduate Preparatory Economics for Public Policy
30 units from completion of the following foundational compulsory courses
POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking
POGO8062 Public Sector Management
POGO8096 Policy Research
POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy
POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy
18 units from completion of the following advanced compulsory courses
POGO8081 Economics for Government
POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy
POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy
A maximum of 12 units from completion of applied management courses (3 units each) from the following list:
POGO8230 Gender Analysis in Public Policy
POGO8231 Leading in Public Administration
POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers
POGO8233 Policy Tools & Mixes
POGO8234 Unpacking Policy Capacity
POGO8235 Engaging China: Working with Policy in the PRC
POGO8236 Public Strategy
POGO8237 Budgeting for Outcomes: Purposes, Programs and Performance
POGO8238 Fundamentals of Intergovernmental Management
POGO8239 Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Policy
POGO8240 Evidence Based Thinking (EBT): Decision Making and Policy Development
POGO8242 Community Development Strategies
NSPO8041 Borders, Migration and Security
NSPO8044 Energy Security
NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security
NSPO8047 How Canberra Works: a guide for security policymakers
A minimum 36 units from completion of applied project courses from the following list, and from courses in any of the public policy specialisations:
ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program A
CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project
CRWF7002 Policy Field School
CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship
POGO8035 Research Project
Contemporary Regulation specialisation
Economic Policy specialisation
Environment and Public Policy specialisation
Foreign and Defence Policy specialisation
Global Development Policy specialisation
Health Policy specialisation
Indigenous Policy and Development specialisation
Integrity and Anti-corruption specialisation
International Policy specialisation
Policy Analysis specialisation
Policy Communication specialisation
Population Change specialisation
Public Finance specialisation
Social Policy specialisation
Social Research Methods specialisation
Applicants must present one of the following:
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7
- 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
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7
- Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
- 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7
- 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
- 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 of 10 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’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.
Applications for course credit: Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology
- Annual indicative fee for domestic students
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees
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
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.
Offered by the internationally-renowned Crawford School of Public Policy, this program examines the processes, institutions and practices of public policy. It is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in, public policy within or outside of government. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research.
The program equips students with important skills for analysing and researching public policy, and communicating persuasively on policy relevant matters. Through interactive and case-based teaching, students debate and reflect on the challenges of governing public policy in a dynamic, interconnected, global and increasingly digital world. Designed and taught by world-class public policy scholars, this program equips graduates for successful and productive careers in public policy.
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.
- Demonstrate deep understanding of public policy and its key challenges and issues, in Australia and globally
- Understand processes and challenges of agenda-setting, formulation, implementation, management and evaluation of public policy
- Reflect critically on key theoretical debates in the field of public policy including its practical application across cultural, developmental and institutional contexts
- Demonstrate understanding of methods for policy research and analysis and identify and apply them with appropriate tools to public policy issues
- Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives
Information on inherent requirements is not currently available for this program.