Master of National Security Policy

Master of National Security Policy

The Master of National Security Policy is a dynamic program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the current and emerging national security challenges facing Indo-Pacific region and the globe.

It provides both a strong theoretical underpinning and a practical understanding of the security challenges that shapes our environment.

You’ll engage with the wide national security community and with leader in government, politics, business and NGOs in Australia and internationally.

Upon successful completion, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate a greater understanding of national security issues.
  2. Understand research principles and methods applicable to different disciplinary approaches to national security issues.
  3. Reflect critically on theory and practice of national security issues.
  4. Demonstrate high-level analytical skills as well as oral and written communication skills.
  5. Conduct independent research and understand aspects of professional practice within the field of national security.

NSC graduates have been rated as Australia’s most employable and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

You’ll hold an internationally respected qualification that will provide you with the tools to advance further your career in government, intelligence, the military, international organisations, civil society it the private sector in Australia and through the world.

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent.
  • 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 be available for relevant work experience.
  • All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students


The Master of National Security Policy requires the completion of 96 units and 1 – 2 years of study depended on previous studies.

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Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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National Security College

The National Security College offer scholarships to high performing students who receive an offer of admission to any of the graduate studies program.

The ANU National Security Policy Scholarship

Other scholarships

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.

Further information

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The future of Australia's alliance with the United States

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Dividing up the Timor Sea

Ensuring stability in contested oceans.

The Trump Presidency and Australia's security

'Don't panic, don't relax', says new policy paper.

How Trump will test international relations theory

Will the realists or the constructivists be proved right?

Australia, Trump, and the TPP

Donald Trump says he will pull out of the deal. What does that mean for Australia?

Donald Trump: The Paranoid-Jacksonian

History and tradition have the answers to understanding Donald.

Census2016’s (slim) silver lining

Learning lessons about strengthening cybersecurity.

Put yourself in the heart of US policy action

Apply for the Congressional Research Fellowship Program.

Shaping the global order

Supporting a rules-based global order requires tough decisions

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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