Master of Public Policy: Social Policy Specialisation
Make a positive impact on others’ wellbeing through policy
Would you like to advise on social policy-making for the government and NGOs? This specialisation may be for you. Explore social policy including challenges in financing of welfare programs, inequality, social justice and more.
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Upon completion of the Master degree, 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.
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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; 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.
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Work and Life
A minimum of 10 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must meet the ANU English Language Requirements for Admission.
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.
Social Policy, one of the Master of Public Policy specialisations, enables you to make a positive impact on the wellbeing of others using your high-level skills in social policy analysis and implementation. The specialisation prepares social policymakers for roles in government and non-government sectors, advances investigation and analytical skills, enhances understanding of the influences on and boundaries of social policy making. If you want to be equipped to advise on social policy making and implementation in government and NGO roles, this specialisation is for you.
Multidisciplinary in nature, the program will provide you with a foundation for social policy analysis through your understanding of key theories, principles and approaches. Contemporary social policy making demands a participatory process. You will consider how to involve all stakeholders and manage competing influences on social policy development. Your exploration of social policy will include boundaries and challenges, such as the financing of welfare programs, inequality, and social justice. Your learning will incorporate national and global perspectives and insightful case studies, giving you deep knowledge of key debates in the field of social policy when you graduate. With your highly developed analytical and research skills, you will be equipped to advise on social policy and manage program performance.