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Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy

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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.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
CNSEP, 103864F
Domestic Fees
$7,252 per year
International Fees
$23,455 per year

About this course

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: A discount is available for domestic students for this program.
Graduate Certificate Fee Discount - Domestic applicants offered a place in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for reduced course fees as indicated on the Admissions and Fees tab. This fee will apply to courses completed in this Graduate Certificate within 2021 and the first half of 2022 allowing you to study part time. If you do not complete by mid-2022 the remainder of your subjects will be billed on a full-fee basis from second semester 2022 (including winter/spring sessions).

Entry 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.

Study locations

Canberra

What you will learn

  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.

Career pathways

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.

Course structure

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