Master of Environmental Management and Development Online


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Study on campus or online in 2022

In 2022, all courses offered by the Crawford School will be available for either online or on campus study. Online students are expected to attend live online sessions at a particular time each week for their courses. Crawford online courses are not ‘study at your own pace’.

Application deadlines

This program requires the pre-sessional component for both domestic and international students and you will need to submit application by the following deadlines:

Semester 1 2022 deadline: 15 December 2021

Semester 2 2022 deadline: 31 May 2022


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.

Make a meaningful contribution

Are you eager to make a real and lasting contribution to society’s big challenges, including climate change, pollution, water management, and sustainable agriculture? Want to complete your postgraduate degree from wherever you are in the world and at a pace to suit your lifestyle? Then the Master of Environmental Management and Development (MEMD) Online degree can deliver the knowledge and skills you seek.

Is the MEMD for me?

The MEMD program caters to a diverse range of participants: from policy-makers working in high-level government and nongovernment organisations across Asia and the Pacific, to policy officers and middle managers in Australian government and industry, to university graduates with limited work experience.

Why choose the MEMD?

If you‘re a pragmatic thinker prepared to consider a balance between sustainability issues and their impact on livelihoods and communities, you will be both challenged and rewarded by the MEMD program.

Delivered by the leading minds in the field—ANU is ranked #11 in the world for development studies—the program includes case materials on real-world issues from within Australia and across Asia and the Pacific. It will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills needed to devise policies that can achieve economic viability, social acceptability, and environmental sustainability.

The program also offers the flexibility to focus on electives specific to your career goals. These electives include energy security, natural disasters, biodiversity conservation, environmental conflict, food security, and rural development—to name just a few.

What are my career options?

When you complete the MEMD program, a wide range of local and international employment pathways will open up to you. Many of our graduates have taken up senior policy roles with local, state, and federal government. Others have gone on to influential positions with global development institutions, environmental agencies, nongovernment organisations, and social enterprises. Others still have elected to specialise in the private sector, where they are guiding sustainability strategies within large-scale mining and agriculture companies.

A reassuring online experience

At Crawford School, we do everything we can to simulate an on-campus experience for our online masters’ degree participants.

You will have a digital community of your program cohort to support you. You can participate in weekly discussions about course work, take part in online role play, and work on files in real time with your fellow course members. You’ll also receive access to learning materials in a range of formats, including readings and short videos, and these remain live for the duration of the course, allowing you to access them as many times as you need.

Of course, your lecturers and tutors will communicate regularly with you via our online learning portal and using various other technologies. And, if you need any additional assistance at any stage, you’ll have contact information for course facilitators and access to academic skills advice.

The Master of Environmental Management and Development Online enables you to complete your postgraduate degree at Australia’s top university, from wherever you are in the world. The degree is available to complete fully online at a pace that best suits your lifestyle.

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Degree structure

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Program Coordinator

+61 2 6125 5628


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Professional focus for your degree

To develop a professional focus in the online degree, students can choose from a range of courses in the interrelated fields of:

  • environmental management
  • resource management
  • environment and development
  • environmental policy and governance
  • applied economics for environmental management and policy

Degree structure

The Master of Environmental Management and Development requires the completion of 96 units:

42 units from completion of the following compulsory courses

A minimum of 24 units from completion of environment and development courses selected from:

A maximum of 12 units from completion of environment or development courses selected from

The above listed degree structure is subject to final confirmation.


1 - 2 years full time (subject to eligibility)

Admission requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7. Or, for alternative requirements, click the link here.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Credit may also be available for relevant work experience. Australian and New Zealand citizens only.

Cognate disciplines

Anthropology, Economics, Development Studies, Biodiversity Conservation, Geography, Human Ecology, Policy Studies, Population Studies, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Sociology, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development.

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Scholarships and fees

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Further information

Program Coordinator

+61 2 6125 5628


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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.


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