Master of National Security Policy
Forge your future in security at this critical time
Join ANU Crawford School of Public Policy as you learn about policy analysis, policy making and policy leadership. Evaluate future risks including pandemics, interference, terrorism and more.
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Upon successful completion of the study, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary and emerging national security challenges affecting Australia;
- Develop an intellectually rigorous conception of national security connecting theoretical, historical and practical perspectives;
- Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex and contemporary issues in the area of national security;
- Demonstrate a working understanding of the context, processes, challenges and options for national security policy development and implementation;
- Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of written and oral forms for professional and scholarly audience.
ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world. We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life. Whether your career aspirations lie in government, the private sector, international organisations or the media, a degree from the NSC can help you achieve them.
This degree embodies the vision of the National Security College as a joint initiative between The Australian National University and the Australian Government.
At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
- 48 units of courses in a postgraduate program with a GPA of 4/7; or
- Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
- A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must show English language proficiency by meeting ANU's English Language Requirements for admission to study this course.
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units.
This degree prepares new generations of national security policymakers, analysts, researchers and leaders, in line with the vision of the National Security College as a unique joint initiative between The Australian National University and the Australian Government.
The program offers a world-class qualification in national security. Core courses provide foundations in concepts and practical policy skills, with a focus on navigating the Australian security landscape. Electives examine the horizon of present and future risks, from pandemics, climate change, terrorism and cyber attacks through to Indo-Pacific geopolitical crises, US-China tensions, foreign interference and information warfare. To address these challenges, students may choose a policy grounding in security-related aspects of such areas as law, bureaucracy, politics, ethics, history, intelligence, geoeconomics, risk-management, civil-military relations, migration, gender, energy and critical technologies.
This Masters degree is designed around a signature teaching model: each course integrates academic expertise from NSC, Crawford and across ANU with the direct insights of leading policy practitioners from Australia and internationally, drawing on the NSC’s exceptional networks. This degree equips graduates equally for careers in government agencies or for the many other professional pathways where it matters to understand 21st century security.
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, subjects in this degree can include:
- National Security Policymaking
- National Security: Concepts and Methods
- Ethical Challenges for National Security
- Cyber and Emerging Technologies in National Security
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
The 1.5 year degree requires the completion of 72 units.