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: ANU Short Course Scholarships are available for domestic students for this program. Please go to Further Information Section for more details.
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.
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
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.
Demonstrate understanding of the processes, institutions, and politics that shape contemporary public policy and governance
Analyse and evaluate how policy and governance problems are framed, defined and managed
Develop knowledge of policy instruments and the necessary institutional and political conditions for effective implementation
Develop and apply communication and analytical skills to operate effectively in contemporary policy and governance professions
Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.
The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.
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