Master of Public Policy: Policy Analysis Specialisation
Influence decision making and policy design
Prepare yourself for, or boost your abilities, in policymaker and policy analysis roles. Develop deeper ability in analysis and critique of policy competencies. Cover cost-benefit analysis, statistical and stakeholder analysis and more.
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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of the study, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate deep understanding of public policy and its key challenges and issues, in Australia and globally;
- Understand processes and challenges of agenda-setting, formulation, implementation, management and evaluation of public policy;
- Reflect critically on key theoretical debates in the field of public policy including its practical application across cultural, developmental and institutional contexts;
- Demonstrate understanding of methods for policy research and analysis and identify and apply them with appropriate tools to public policy issues;
- Analyse, synthesise and communicate complex, political and institutional policy problems from multiple perspectives.
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. This degree specialisation is for current and future policymakers with the ambition to pursue policy analysis roles in the government, business, and community sectors.
Inform and influence decision making and policy design in the government, business and community sectors with your policy analysis specialisation.
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; 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.
Credit for previous study or work
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.
Policy analysis is essential for informing the development, implementation and evaluation of public policy. In this specialisation students will deepen their understanding of different approaches to policy analysis for informing decision-making and policy design, as well as analytic approaches for clarifying values and arguments and mediating interests.
This MPP specialisation provides an opportunity for students to develop and strengthen their policy analysis skills in a number of different traditions. Courses in the specialisation enable students to explore different forms of policy analysis such as cost-benefit analysis, statistical and econometric analysis and stakeholder analysis. Through this specialisation students will gain skills in how to effectively interpret, present and communicate results from different types of policy analysis. This specialisation is aimed at students who are, or are hoping to, undertake policy analysis in government, business, and community sectors.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, core subjects in this degree can include:
- Econometric Techniques
- Quantitative Policy Impact Evaluation
- Cost-Benefit Analysis: Principles and Practice
- Strategic Negotiation Skills
- Policy Advocacy
- Case Studies in Economic Policy
- Analysis of Public Health Data
- Using Data to Answer Policy Questions and Evaluate Policy
- Advanced Social Science Approaches to Inform Policy Development and Service Delivery
- Applied Time Series Analysis
As part of your application, you’ll be guided through how to get the right degree structure in place for you.
The Master of Public Policy Specialisation: Policy Analysis requires 24 of the 96 units for the Master of Public Policy must be from the list of courses in the specified area.