Course overview

You can use your undergraduate degree in any discipline – including arts, sciences, economics, commerce and law – to enter the Graduate Certificate program.

You can use your undergraduate degree in any discipline – including arts, sciences, economics, commerce and law – to enter the Graduate Certificate program. The Graduate Certificate of Public Policy will provide you with knowledge to broaden your general or technical skills in public policy. The Graduate Certificate offers a wide menu of Crawford School Master’s degree courses.

Students who are thinking of later proceeding on to a Master’s degree should consider the appropriate course-selection requirements for each degree. Course advice is available to help with these choices. Course advising is available to help with these choices.

Starting dates

January, February, April, July, October

What you will learn

The Graduate Certificate of Public Policy provides knowledge and professional skills for those who wish to broaden and deepen their general or technical skills in public policy. The Graduate Certificate provides students with a wide menu of choice of Crawford School master degree courses. Students who are thinking of later proceeding on to a Master degree should consider the course-selection requirements appropriate to the various Master degrees. 

Course structure

The Graduate Certificate of Public Policy requires the completion of 24 units in any of the following subject areas:

  • CRWF Crawford School of Public Policy
  • EMDV Environmental Management and Development
  • IDEC International and Development Economics
  • POGO Policy and Governance

Cognate disciplines

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Development Studies
  • Economic Policy
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Mathematics
  • Policy Studies
  • Political Economy
  • Political Sciences
  • Policy Studies
  • Population Studies
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability Science
  • Sustainable Development

See the full degree program structure and academic rules information: http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/program/6192XGCPPP.

Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0.
  • Or at least 10 years of work experience in an ANZSCO Skill Level 1 role

Cognate disciplines

  • Anthropology, Applied Economics, Biodiversity Conservation, Development Studies, Economic Policy, Econometrics, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Human Ecology, Mathematics, Policy Studies, Political Economy, Political Sciences, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Sociology, Statistics, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development

English language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

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.

How to apply

You can apply directly via ANU Application Manager

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $15,048 total course cost.
International Students: $21,480 per year full-time

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.5% (national average 78.4%)
Improved skills: 82.8% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 88.5% (national average 87.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Australian National University (ANU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 86.1% (national average 80.6%)
Studying full time: 11.5% (national average 8.7%)
Median full time salary: $89,500 (national average $77,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed Australian National University (ANU) graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 089715G

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