Graduate Certificate of Policy Design and Analysis


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Upskill, retraining and track changing are always at the top of agenda for many in uncertain times. We are here to be with you all the way through the important journey.

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.

About the program

The new ANU Award from Crawford School is for you if you are considering starting or advancing your career in government and public sector organisations.

The program will equip you, in six-month full time or equivalent part time, with skills and knowledge to respond to the complex challenges and rapidly evolving demands of policy analysis, design and implementation in the 21st Century.

You will enjoy an interactive and rewarding study experience fulfilled with multidisciplinary curriculum, flexible learning modes, outstanding student care and new ideas and theories. With deep expertise in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, our researchers and teachers are internationally renowned in policy studies, governance, political development, and public sector leadership.

Guided by our caring teachers, you will explore fundamentals of policy design and analysis, how they work in current policy practice, and how the national and global institutional architecture governs public affairs. After your successful study, you will be able to articulate your credits towards the Master of Public Policy as another leaping forward towards your career goals.

Upon completion of the program, you will be able to

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the processes, institutions, and politics that shape contemporary public policy and governance;

  2. Analyse and evaluate how policy and governance problems are framed, defined and managed;

  3. Develop knowledge of policy instruments and the necessary institutional and political conditions for effective implementation;

  4. Develop and apply communication and analytical skills to operate effectively in contemporary policy and governance professions.

Application Deadlines

Please note application deadlines are different for domestic or international students.

Domestic students

This program is with pre-sessional (PSP) component for domestic students.

Apply by 15 December 2022 for Semester 1 2023 and by 31 May 2023 for Semester 2 2023.

International students

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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Degree structure

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Six months full time, or equivalent part time.

Admission requirements

• A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

Program structure

The Graduate Certificate of Policy Design and Analysis requires the completion of 24 units selected from a range of key courses to support upskilling and retraining.

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Your career

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Further information

Program Coordinator

+61 2 6125 9978


Graduates from the ANU Crawford School have been highly sought after in Australia, Asian and Pacific countries and around the globe.

Many of them are playing key roles in Australian Commonwealth and state governments, other country governments, social enterprises and not-for-profit, advocacy organisations, and regional and international agencies.

Scholarships and fees

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Further information

Program Coordinator

+61 2 6125 9978


Scholarships and support

Scholarship opportunities are available for national and international students.

Find our more about scholarships and support that may be available to you for postgraduate qualification at ANU.


Costs associated with your study at ANU will depend on a number of things, including your study program and whether you’re a national or international student.

Find out more about costs and fees associated with studying at ANU.

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