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.

Commencing in 2021, all courses offered by the Crawford School will be available for either online or on campus study. The online and in person learning modes will assist you to secure an un-interrupted study experience in an uncertain world.

ANU Graduate Certificate Fee Discount available

ANU provides a fee discount available for all domestic students for this program, as a substitution of the previous Short Course Scholarships. Domestic applicants offered a place in this Graduate Certificate commencing their studies in 2021 will be eligible for reduced course fees as indicated on the Admission and Fees tab.

This fee will apply to courses completed in this Graduate Certificate within 2021 and the first half of 2022 allowing you to study part time. If you do not complete by mid-2022 the remainder of your subjects will be billed on a full-fee basis from second semester 2022 (including winter/spring sessions).

About the program

The new degree 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.

View the full degree program structure, admission requirements and academic information.

Application deadlines:

30 May 2021 for Semester 2 2021

15 December 2021 for Semester 1 2022

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Degree structure

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The Graduate Certificate in Policy Design and Analysis requires completion of 24 units which must consist of:

Completion of the following pre-sessional component:

CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy

POGO7901 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis

6 units from one of the following foundational courses:

POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy

POGO8402 The Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy

12 units of policy and governance electives from the following list:

POGO8044 Global Social Policy

POGO8045 International Policy Making in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8136 Participation in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy

POGO8403 Cases in Contemporary Public Policy

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

6 units of Masterclasses from the following list:

POGO8230 Gender Analysis in Public Policy

POGO8232 Persuasion for Policymakers

POGO8233 Policy Tools & Mixes

POGO8235 Engaging China: Working with Policy in the PRC

POGO8236 Strategic Policy Development Fundamentals

POGO8237 Budgeting for Outcomes: Purposes, Programs and Performance

POGO8238 Fundamentals of Intergovernmental Management

POGO8239 Contemporary Challenges to Indigenous Policy

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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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Scholarships and support

Scholarship opportunities are available for national and international students.

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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.

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