Course overview

Why choose the MPP? At Crawford School, our lecturers are leading international researchers and teachers in their fields of public policy.

This degree examines the processes, institutions and practices of public policy. It is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in, public policy within or outside of government. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research. Designed and taught by world-class public policy scholars from the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, this Masters degree equips graduates for successful and productive careers in public policy.

What you will learn

The degree also equips students with important skills for analysing and researching public policy, and communicating persuasively on policy relevant matters. Through interactive and case-based teaching, students debate and reflect on the challenges of governing public policy in a dynamic, interconnected, global and increasingly digital world. 

Course structure

The Master of Public Policy requires the completion of 96 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

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses

  • POGO8016 The Economic Way of Thinking
  • POGO8062 Public Sector Management
  • POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy
  • POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

24 units from completion of public policy courses from the following list and courses in any of the following public policy specialisations:

  • ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
  • CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project
  • CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship
  • POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)
  • Economic Policy specialisation
  • Environment and Public Policy specialisation
  • Foreign and Defence Policy specialisation
  • Global Development Policy specialisation
  • Health Policy specialisation
  • Indigenous Policy specialisation
  • International Policy specialisation
  • Policy Analysis specialisation
  • Policy Communication specialisation
  • Population Change specialisation
  • Public Finance specialisation
  • Regulation: National and International Regimes specialisation
  • Social Policy specialisation
  • Social Research Methods specialisation

24 units from completion of further public policy courses listed above and courses in any public policy specialisation


Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Cognate Disciplines

  • Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology

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

International Students: $42,960 per year full-time


2 years 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: 082349C