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.
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. 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.
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.
Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0
Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology
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.
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:
POGO8081 Economics for Government
POGO8096 Policy Research
POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy
POGO8500 Evidence and Analysis in Public Policy
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
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.