Graduate degree programs: National students (Australian and New Zealand citizens)

Public policy shapes and impacts every aspect of our lives. Studying a graduate degree program at Crawford School will help you achieve your full potential, give you the opportunity to learn from many of the world’s leading experts in their fields at Australia’s finest university, and set you up for a rewarding career in public policy.

Crawford School’s world-class researchers work in a range of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary and area-based research units to deliver quality and relevant graduate degree programs founded on real-time analysis, evidence and policy engagement.

Studying a Graduate Certificate or Master degree at Crawford School will give you the opportunity to extend your professional networks alongside students from government, non-government organisations and the private sector – including the next generation of leaders from the Asia-Pacific region. It will allow you to join one of the region’s most vibrant and engaged public policy communities, learning from evidence-based education and participating in a diverse range of opportunities for increased access to policy leaders, practitioners and high-profile international visitors.

Study options

Select from graduate degree programs that will give you maximum flexibility in your studies to suit a range of approaches relevant to public policy issues in national, regional and international contexts, including:

  • applied economics and economic policy
  • environmental policy and resource management
  • aid and development
  • public administration
  • policy and governance
  • policy analysis
  • public administration
  • social policy, and
  • national security policy studies.

Graduate Certificate of Public Policy

Completion time: 6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

A Graduate Certificate from Crawford School of Public Policy gives you the real-world knowledge that matters to the governments, businesses and communities in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. You can use your undergraduate degree in any discipline – arts, sciences, economics, commerce and law – as the foundation for your career in public policy where your work can make a real difference to society.

Choose from a range of career-oriented courses to prepare you for a career in public policy in areas such as environmental and resource management; development policy and international economics; policy-making and governance; and public administration.

In just six months (full-time) you’ll complete your ANU graduate studies, with a qualification renowned and respected by employers around the globe.

Upon successful completion of Graduate Certificate you will have the opportunity to extend your professional qualifications with a Masters degree in public policy from Crawford School. Careers and course advising is available to assist you to design your graduate degree program to best suit your professional goals.

Find out more about the Graduate Certificate in Public Policy

Master degrees in policy

Completion time: 1-2 years full-time (subject to eligibility for credit) or equivalent part-time

A Master degree from Crawford School will extend your leadership abilities, strategic thinking and communication, and give you the skills to tackle the complex, ambiguous and emerging situations which define satisfying careers in public policy.

In just one year (full-time, subject to eligibility), you could complete your Masters degree with no interruption to your career:


All compulsory courses in the Crawford School Masters program are scheduled to suit your working hours. In addition, several courses are offered as intensive delivery for your convenience.

Align your Masters program to support career, selecting from flexible degree programs specifically designed to match specialist areas in public policy: environmental and resource management; development policy and international economics; policy-making and governance; policy analysis; public administration; social policy; and national security policy.

Find out more about each Master degree program:

Master of Public Policy
Master of Public Policy in Development Policy
Master of Public Policy in Economic Policy
Master of Public Policy in International Policy
Master of Public Policy in Social Policy
Master of Public Policy in Policy Analysis
Master of Public Administration
Master of International and Development Economics
Master of Environmental and Resource Economics
Master of Environmental Management and Development
Master of Climate Change
Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development
Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced)
Master of National Security Policy
Master of National Security Policy (Advanced)

Continue to a PhD

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

Further information about Crawford School PhD programs.

World-class educational programs

Crawford School’s 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 nature of public policy and student needs.

Our academics 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.

Research for policy impact

  • Crawford School is home to influential publications including the journal Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, publications such as Advance, East Asia Forum, and Solutions and websites such as Devpolicy blog and the APPS Policy Forum.
  • The School 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, among others.
  • The School has a regional focus extending beyond Australia to Asia and the Pacific, including specific 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

ANU is ranked # 1 in Australia and # 20 in the world for producing the most employable graduates. Public policy remains a high growth and demand area for work in and with government and Crawford School graduates 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.

Crawford School offers the annual Congressional Research Fellowship Program (CRFP) to place several students from Group of 8 Universities in US Senate Offices for three months, providing the ideal internship opportunity for graduates to develop their international public policy skills and experience.

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 opportunities to engage with a wide range of high-profile national and international academics and leaders in public policy through workshops, seminars, and guest lectures.

As members of Crawford School and ANU Alumni, students completing their studies will be part of an international community of policy practitioners and leaders.


ANU is ranked # 1 in Australia and # 27 in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2013). As a graduate of the ANU you will be gaining a degree from a world-class university which is ranked highly in national and internationally recognised rankings.

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