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Graduate Certificate of Policy Design and Analysis

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The Graduate Certificate in Policy Design and Analysis is a qualification for early-career professionals seeking to start or advance their careers in government and public sector organisations.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
CPODA, 103871G
International Fees
$23,455 per year

About this course

The Graduate Certificate in Policy Design and Analysis is a qualification for early-career professionals seeking to start or advance their careers in government and public sector organisations. It equips graduates with the skills they need to confront local, national and global policy challenges of the twenty-first century. On completing the program, graduates will understand the ideas and theories that shape current policy practice and be able to navigate the national and global institutional architecture that governs public affairs. The multidisciplinary curriculum is delivered by a team of leading scholars in policy studies, governance, political development, and public sector leadership with deep expertise in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The program articulates to the Master of Public Policy.

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 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 understanding of the processes, institutions, and politics that shape contemporary public policy and governance

  2. Analyse and evaluate how policy and governance problems are framed, defined and managed

  3. Develop knowledge of policy instruments and the necessary institutional and political conditions for effective implementation

  4. Develop and apply communication and analytical skills to operate effectively in contemporary policy and governance professions

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 in Policy Design and Analysis requires completion of 24 units which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy

POGO7901 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis


6 units from one of the following foundational courses:

POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy

POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy


12 units of policy and governance electives from the following list:

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8136 Participation in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy

POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy


6 units of Masterclasses from the following list:

POGO8230 Gender Analysis in Public Policy

POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers

POGO8233 Policy Tools & Mixes

POGO8235 Engaging China: Working with Policy in the PRC

POGO8236 Strategic Policy Development Fundamentals

POGO8237 Budgeting for Outcomes: Purposes, Programs and Performance

POGO8238 Fundamentals of Intergovernmental Management

POGO8239 Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Policy