Master of Public Policy: Economic Policy Specialisation
Use your passion for economics to carve out policy
Take a specialised approach to public policy using your zest for economics. With this course, you can carve out a leadership pathway in public finance, foreign investment, trade and development economics.
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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of the study, you should be able to:
- Understand core economic principles, the nature and role of markets, and the economic relationships between individuals, households, firms and government;
- Examine and identify significant economic issues both domestically and internationally, including challenges relating to management, implementation and evaluation of economic policies, and apply economic principles and analysis to tackle these issues in innovative ways;
- Reflect critically on and engage in key theoretical debates in the field of economic policy including the nature, forms and policy impacts of market failure, and the forms of government intervention and policy instruments in economic policy;
- Develop innovative economic policy recommendations to complex problems in changing policy environments.
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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:
· 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;
· 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
Work and Life
· 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.
Credit for previous study or work
For the Master of Public Policy, applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.
This specialisation provides courses in the broad area of economic policy-making, interrogating the relationships between economic analysis and the processes of contemporary policy-making. The main theme running through the economic policy specialisation is how to improve the conduct and outcomes of public policy in light of an understanding of the way the economy works. More specifically students examine the nature and impact of core economic principles on public policy, and the effect of decision-making by individuals, households, firms and government on the allocation of resources. In addition students engage in broader debates about the strengths and limits of markets as a form of social organisation, and the nature, forms and impacts of market failure.
In this specialisation students explore the nature and role of markets (microeconomics) and the measurement, growth and operation of the aggregate economy (macroeconomics). Students also consider the forms of government intervention and policy instruments, including fiscal policy, monetary policy, regulation, service provision, redistribution and taxation. Electives provide opportunities for students to study a range of economic policy issues facing most countries, both domestically and in the international realm, including economic growth, unemployment, inflation, international trade, foreign investment, and liberalisation.
This specialisation is well-suited to students currently working, or interested in pursuing a career in public finance, foreign investment, trade and development economics.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
The Master of Public Policy (MPP): Economic Policy Specialisation requires 24 of the 96 units for the Master of Public Policy must be from the list of courses in the specified area.
The Master of Public Policy Specialisation: Economic Policy requires the completion of 96 units, out of which 24 units must be from the specified area.