Course overview

If you want to sharpen your professional ability to respond to the complex, often turbulent, challenges presented by sustainable development, then this degree is for you. Throughout the program, you will master new analytical techniques and establish critical-thinking skills that will enable you to contribute to positive policy solutions. Your research expertise will be highly valuable in roles that guide policy-making processes, implementation and evaluation in the government, NGO and private sectors. Your specialist knowledge of the way environmental and development issues intersect with social, economic and political processes will underpin the delivery of better policies.

This world-class program (ANU is ranked #11 in the world for development studies) will give you a platform to build transferable analytical skills and the flexibility to focus on electives that are specific to your career and education goals, including climate change, energy security, natural disasters, biodiversity conservation, environmental conflict, food security, agriculture and rural development. A wide range of elective courses from across ANU is also available. Credit and exemptions may be given for prior study and work experience, including to the pre-sessional program.

Starting dates

January, February, April, July, October

What you will learn

The Master of Environmental Management and Development will boost your career in natural resource management and environmental policy, and improve your professional ability to respond to the complex challenges of sustainable development. Offered by the internationally-renowned Crawford School, the program will equip you with the theoretical understanding and practical skills you need to contribute to the goals of economic viability, social acceptability and environmental sustainability in different social and political contexts. Focus areas include biodiversity conservation, food security, climate change, social impacts, environmental governance, and management of primary resources such as water, fisheries, forests, and minerals. 

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

Cognate Disciplines

  • Anthropology, Economics, Development Studies, Biodiversity Conservation, Geography, Human Ecology, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Sociology, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development.

English Language Requirements

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:
  • 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:
  • 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): $32,256 per year full-time, $64,512 total course cost
International Students: $42,960 per year full-time


2 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Agriculture & Environmental Studies postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 90.0% (national average 76.3%)
Improved skills: 94.3% (national average 82.5%)
Overall satisfaction: 94.3% (national average 84.7%)

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 Agriculture & Environmental Studies postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 88.9% (national average 74.3%)
Studying full time: 15.2% (national average 8.0%)
Median full time salary: (national average $75,000)

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: 082296M