Graduate degree programs: International students


ANU places high emphasis on the provision of world-class graduate coursework and executive education in public policy, coordinated through Crawford School. ANU has a leading role as a national and international policy resource and aims to engage with government, regional partners and the global policy community.

Crawford School produces world-class evidence-based research to frame and answer policy questions in local, national, regional and international contexts. Combining approaches from the key disciplinary areas of economics, public policy, resources, environment and development, and national security policy studies it delivers this research to lead policy change.

Researchers align in a range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and area-based research units to deliver high-impact, relevant and timely research to academic and policy audiences.

Please note Most international students will be required to complete the full 2 year program, unless you already hold a postgraduate degree.






Public Policy 082349C MPUBP 1-2 years 1 or 2
Public Policy in Development Policy NPPDP
Public Policy in Economic Policy NPPEP
Public Policy in International Policy NPPIP
Public Policy in Social Policy NPPSP
Public Policy in Policy Analysis NPPPA
Public Administration 082345G MPUAD 1-2 years 1 or 2
International and Development Economics 082308A MIDEC 1-2 years 1 or 2
Environmental and Resource Economics 082295A MEREC 1-2 years 1 or 2
Environmental Management and Development 082296M MEMDV 1-2 years 1 or 2
Climate Change 082373C MCLCH 1-2 years 1 or 2
Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development 082267E MAAPD 1-2 years 1 or 2
Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced) 082267E VAAPD 1-2 years 1 or 2
National Security Policy 082340A MNSPO 1-2 years 1 or 2
National Security Policy (Advanced) 082341M VNSPO 2 years 1 or 2
Crawford School 048357G 9540XPHD 3-4 years anytime
National Security College 074012F 9850XPHD 3-4 years anytime

Ability to continue on to Doctorate

All of our master degrees from Crawford School have access to a range of AQF Level 10 Doctoral Degrees, subject to specific admission requirements.


As a graduate of the ANU you will be gaining a degree from a world-class university which is ranked highly in a number of internationally recognised rankings.

Australian National University

Top Universities

The World University Rankings

World-class educational programs

Public policy programs in graduate coursework are founded in research-led teaching focusing on integrating best-practice and innovative teaching methods to continually deliver a challenging and cohesive curriculum which adapts to the changing demands from public policy concerns and student needs.

Faculty lead and participate in national, regional and international public policy debate, with many active on government committees and in advisory roles across government, business and civil society. One of our main goals is to help frame and answer the key policy questions –– to provide substantial policy impact in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.

This research-led approach to excellence in education equips students with a comprehensive understanding of public policy in areas where ANU has world-renowned expertise across all our Master and PhD degrees.

Students can choose from among the Crawford School's wide range of graduate-level courses. With flexible degree programs, students may also select other courses of interest to them from many different areas throughout ANU.

High Quality Research

  • Crawford School is home to influential publications including the journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, and publications such as East Asia Forum, Solutions, and Advance.
  • The School currently has 20 research centres focusing on policy issues in areas such as climate change, water, environmental policy, social policy, poverty, economics, biosecurity and environmental economics, good governance, and tax and transfer policy, amongst others.
  • The School has a regional focus extending beyond Australia to Asia and the Pacific, including regional expertise in Indonesia, Japan, China, PNG and the Pacific, South Asia and East Asia.

Substantial Contributions to Policy

Crawford School faculty members are regularly asked to contribute to policy-making at the highest levels. Highlights include:

  • ‘Australia in the Asia Century’ Australian Government White Paper. Ken Henry and Peter Drysdale
  • Crawford School white paper with the Tasmanian Government on the Asian Century White Paper. Peter Drysdale and Mark Matthews
  • Murray-Darling Basin Authority Advisory Committee on Social, Economic and Environmental Issues. Tom Kompas
  • UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Governance. Quentin Grafton
  • Report of the Independent Review of Aid Effectiveness. Stephen Howes
  • World Bank PREM (Public Sector Governance Unit). Bjoern Dressel
  • Bradley Review of Higher Education. Bruce Chapman
  • Fijian Government Advice on Children. Sharon Bessell
  • Australian Government Tax Forum. Peter Whiteford
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Frank Jotzo and David Stern
  • Eminent Scientists Group providing independent advice to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Tom Kompas
  • Australian Defence College (ADC). Renee McKibbin
  • WWF Australia’s Scientific Advisory Committee. Colin Filer
  • Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute (GMPI), Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Ippei Fujiwara
  • United Nations Development Programme. Ben Hillman

Better outcomes for graduates

Graduates from public policy studies at the ANU are highly sought after across a range of fields for their proven abilities developed through their studies to stimulate debate, propose innovative policy solutions and maintain active national, regional and international networks.

Join a leading public policy community

As a hub for debate and discussion on public policy issues and the source of unbiased, high-quality advice and comment, Crawford School at the ANU welcomes students as valued members of a vibrant and dynamic public policy community.

During the course of their studies, students will have various opportunities to engage with a wide range of high-profile national and international academics and leaders in the public policy sphere through a series of workshops, seminars, guest lectures and MasterClasses.

As members of the Crawford School and ANU Alumni, students completing their studies will retain important professional networks with other policy practitioners and leaders working in national, regional and international contexts.

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