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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What you'll learn
Upon successful completion of the study, you would be able to:
- Demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of key debates and thinking in the field of social policy, in Australia and globally in order to analyse, synthesise and communicate complex social policy challenges, informed by both theory and case studies;
- Identify and apply appropriate research methods to social policy challenges;
- Understand challenges relating to management, implementation and evaluation of social policies to develop innovative social policy recommendations to complex problems in changing policy environments;
- Engage influentially in developing responses to complex social policy issues.
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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.
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.
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.
English Proficiency Requirements
Applications must show English language proficiency by meeting ANU's English Language Requirements for admission to study this program.
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.
This specialisation provides students with deep and comprehensive understanding of the nature and challenges of social policy within nations and globally. Multidisciplinary in nature, this specialisation will provide insight into key theories, principles and approaches, providing a foundation for social policy analysis, development and implementation across a range of contexts. The social policy specialisation equips students with an understanding of the key actors engaged in social policy making – including the growing influence of ‘non-traditional’ actors.
Through electives, students in this specialisation can explore a wide range of issues relevant to social policy development and implementation, such as the boundaries of social policy; influences on social policy, including demographic and labour force trends; how social policy intersects with other aspects of government policy; and debates about financing of welfare programmes, inequality and income distribution, wellbeing and social justice, in Australia and internationally.
This specialisation offers opportunities for advanced investigation of the analytical skills, public policies and organisational practices appropriate for advising on social policy and managing program outcomes. It is well-suited for those in social policy development and/or implementation in government and non-government sectors.
Degree structure details
Recommended Study Pattern
As a guide, subjects in this degree can include:
- Principles of Social Policy
- Population and Society: Theory and Empirical Perspectives
- Poverty Reduction
- Social Policy Analysis
Plus there's a selection of electives to choose from. 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 (MPP) Specialisation: Social Policy requires 24 of the 96 units for the Master of Public Policy must be from the list of courses in the specified area.