Graduate degree programs: International students

Master Programs - Structure of degree programs

The usual progression for an international student who does not have the equivalent to a degree of Bachelor with first or second class Honours from an Australian University is to complete a 1 year Graduate Diploma (available to all streams) as an articulated program into the 1 year Master degree program. 

Therefore, the usual time it takes to complete the Master degree is two (2) years.  However, depending on the academic background and working experience each application is considered on its merits and may either be offered a 1 year, 1.5 year or 2 year program. 

Please note we will carefully consider each application and make an academic decision on whether they meet our minimum entry requirements and offer the appropriate program accordingly.  No student will be admitted directly to the one year Master degree who does not meet our minimum academic entry requirements.

Note:  A Bachelor degree with Honours is equivalent to at least a 3 year undergraduate degree PLUS one full academic year undertaking independent research (15,000 – 20,000 words) and advanced coursework units.  Only those students with an excellent GPA in their Bachelor degree are invited to take up an Honours year.

International students must also complete the five week Academic Preparatory Program prior to the beginning of their degree program.

General Admission Requirements for a 1 year Master degree:
*** (please ensure you check individual degree programs for specific prerequisites)

Applicants should normally hold:

  1. qualifications equivalent to a degree of Bachelor with first or upper second class Honours from an Australian University,
  2. a Graduate Diploma in [equivalent field to the Master degree] awarded by the Australian National University with Merit or Distinction;
  3. qualifications equivalent to a degree of Bachelor from an Australian University and substantial relevant work experience, as determined by the Delegated Authority; or
  4. an equivalent combination of postgraduate study in [the equivalent field of study] and relevant work experience, as determined by the Delegated Authority.

World-class Education

Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management and DevelopmentPRIOR TO:


Graduate Diploma of Environmental and Resource EconomicsPRIOR TO:


Graduate Diploma of International and Development EconomicsPRIOR TO:


Graduate Diploma in Public AdministrationPRIOR TO:

The Master of Public Policy can also be taken in any of the following specialisations:

The MAAPD can also be taken in any of the following specialisations:

Myanmar Graduate Development Program

The Myanmar Graduate Development Program is an initiative of the ANU’s Crawford School of Public Policy to support the building of capacity of young professionals from Myanmar. This elite program provides candidates with the opportunity to access the world-class education we offer in the fields of policy and governance, international and development economics, environment management and development, and environment and resource economics.

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Master of Diplomacy Combined Degree

The Master of Diplomacy combined degree program is offered by the Asia–Pacific College of Diplomacy and is composed of two Master degrees. The first degree can be in a range of specified areas in which knowledge of contemporary diplomacy would be an advantage. Areas of study covered by the first degree within the Crawford School include public policy, international and development economics, and environmental management and development. The second degree is the Master of Diplomacy.

The combined degree program is ideal for those whose professional role involves a solid understanding of transnational diplomacy and its contemporary challenges, whether in a civil service department, multilateral body, international corporation or non-government organisation.

There are five options for Crawford School students who wish to obtain a combined degree:

Master of Diplomacy / Master of Public Policy (Development Policy)
Master of Diplomacy / Master of Public Policy (International Policy)
Master of Diplomacy / Master of International and Development Economics
Master of Diplomacy / Master of Environmental Management and Development
Master of Diplomacy / Master of Public Administration

Students who have completed the Master of International and Development Economics, the Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) or (International Policy), the Master of Public Administration or the Master of Environmental Management and Development will receive 12 units of advanced standing (credit) towards the Master of Diplomacy.

Students undertaking the combined degree program will be awarded both degrees at a single ceremony following the successful completion of all requirements for both degrees.

Note: All courses for the Master of Diplomacy commence in the summer session (January–February and conclude at the end of the first semester (end of June). No second semester enrolment is possible, therefore careful consideration needs to be given to when you can commence your 1st degree to ensure no break in enrolment occurs.

IMPORTANT:This is the ONLY combined degree that students may enrol in which is fully approved by AusAID for students with an ADS or ALA scholarship.

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.

The Crawford School aims to provide a supportive learning environment for students. To help them achieve their academic goals, the School makes available:

  • academic and research skills advisers
  • program managers and officers
  • a student adviser
  • student services officers
  • PhD academic skills advisers
  • scholarship liaison officers

High Quality Research

  • In 2010 Crawford School academics published 36 articles in A Ranked Journals.
  • The School currently has 14 research centres focusing on policy issues in areas such as climate change, water, social policy, poverty, economics, environmental economics and governance.
  • The School has a regional focus extending beyond Australia to Asia and the Pacific.

Substantial Contributions to Policy

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

  • UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Governance: Quentin Grafton
  • Bradley Review: Bruce Chapman
  • Fijian Government Advice on Children: Sharon Bessell
  • International Climate Change Panel: Frank Jotzo
  • Eminent Scientists Group providing independent advice to the Minister for the Agriculture,
    Fisheries and Forestry: Tom Kompas

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