Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy
There has never been a better time to upskill, retrain, and change tracks. Crawford School is providing the new program as a gateway for you to engage in national security studies and a future career in national security policy roles.
Study in-person or online
In 2023, all graduate courses offered by the Crawford School will be available for either in-person or online study. All students are expected to attend live sessions at particular times each week for their courses. Crawford online courses are not ‘study at your own pace’. International students studying on an Australian student visa should enrol in in-person courses.
Real-time interaction, discussion and debate between students and with convenors is an central part of the learning experience. Attendance at interactive classes is important for both on campus and online students.
Apply now and study at the National Security College, a joint initiative between ANU and the Australian Federal Government. You will join a network of experienced national security practitioners and policymakers at Crawford School’s National Security College and graduate with a world-class qualification.
About the program
The program will give you an opportunity to:
• Explore national security concepts and practical policy skills;
• Navigate the Australian security landscape;
• Understand the security challenges that confront countries in our region and the world;
• Examine a wide range of present and future risks, such as pandemics, climate change, terrorism and cyber attacks;
• Enhance your capability to lead or contribute to policy development and security practice in government and related sectors.
After a successful study, you would be able to articulate credits towards the Master of National Security Policy as another big step forward for your career development.
Upon completion, you will be able to:
• Demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary and emerging national security challenges affecting Australia;
• Develop a working understanding of the context, processes, challenges and options for national security policy and implementation;
• Communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of written and oral forms for a variety of audiences.
This program is the gateway for those that are pursuing career development in government policy department and intelligence agencies. Graduates are also on the pathways to work in academia, private sector, international organisations, media and civil society - where it matters to understand 21st century security.
Please note application deadlines are different for domestic or international students.
This program is without pre-sessional (PSP) component for domestic students.
Apply by 31 January 2023 for Semester 1 2023 and by 30 June 2023 for Semester 2 2023.
Find ANU’s general application and acceptance deadlines by visiting the timetable linked here.
Key dates for application
• Semester 1 2023 intake:
Final closing date: 15 October 2022
Final acceptance date: 1 December 2022
Pre-sessional program (PSP) start date: mid January 2023
• Semester 2 2023 intake:
Final closing date: 15 March 2023
Final acceptance date: 1 June 2023*
Pre-sessional program (PSP) start date: mid June 2023
*Some students may need to accept well before this date to allow for visa processing times in their country.
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Six months full time, or equivalent part time.
• A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.
The Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy requires the completion of 24 units selected from a range of key courses to support upskilling and retraining.
View the detailed degree program structure, admission requirements and academic rules information.
This program is the gateway for those that are pursuing career development in government policy department and intelligence agencies.
Graduates are also on the pathways to work in academia, private sector, international organisations, media and civil society - where it matters to understand 21st century security.
Scholarships and fees
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.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
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