Course overview

If you want to be equipped to advise on social policymaking and implementation in government and NGO roles, this specialisation is for you. Multidisciplinary in nature, the program will provide you with a foundation for social policy analysis through your understanding of key theories, principles and approaches.

Contemporary social policymaking demands a participatory process. You will consider how to involve all stakeholders and manage competing influences on social policy development. Your exploration of social policy will include boundaries and challenges, such as the financing of welfare programs, inequality, and social justice.

Your learning will incorporate national and global perspectives and insightful case studies, giving you deep knowledge of key debates in the field of social policy when you graduate. With your highly developed analytical and research skills, you will be equipped to advise on social policy and manage program performance.

Starting dates

January, February, April, July, October

What you will learn

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.

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: 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-qualificati... 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): $27,312 per year full-time, $54,624 total course cost
International Students: $42,960 per year full-time

Duration

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

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