Master of Public Policy


Program Description

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate deep understanding of public policy and its key challenges and issues, in Australia and globally
  2. Understand processes and challenges of agenda-setting, formulation, implementation, management and evaluation of public policy
  3. Reflect critically on key theoretical debates in the field of public policy including its practical application across cultural, developmental and institutional contexts
  4. Demonstrate understanding of methods for policy research and analysis and identify and apply them with appropriate tools to public policy issues
  5. Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives

Cognate Disciplines

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

Career Options

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.


Domestic Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for domestic students: $30,096.00

International Tuition Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students: $42,960.00


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

Program Requirements

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 1
  • 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
  • Foreign and Defence Policy specialisation
  • Global Development Policy specialisation
  • Health Policy specialisation
  • Indigenous Policy specialisation
  • International Policy 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


  • Economic Policy
  • Environment and Public Policy
  • Foreign and Defence Policy
  • Global Development Policy
  • Health Policy
  • International Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Policy Communication
  • Population Change
  • Public Finance
  • Regulation: National & International Regimes
  • Social Policy
Last updated Jan 2018

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