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If you think that MAAPD program will fill your postgraduate education needs, please submit an online expression of interest.


Admission to MAAPD Degree candidature

Applicants for direct entry to MAAPD should have obtained a four year Bachelor degree either as honours or a combined degree from an approved tertiary education institution, with at least Credit level average grades of 65% or better in courses other than first year courses. For those with a three year degree, a one year diploma in a relavent field or relevant work experience of at least one year in a developing country, or two years in Australia working in the field of development or a related area, will be regarded as recognised prior learning to gain admission.

Australian students can apply through the Universities Admissions Centre at: Applications will open for Semester One 2011 on September 9th and close on December 31, 2011. Late enrolments will be accepted, but note there may be delays in processing applications.

MAAPD's Program code is 7101XMAAPD, the Program Code for MAAPD (Gender) is 7101SGENDEV, for MAAPD (Indigenous) 7101SINDPOL, for MAAPD (Society and Environment) is 7101SSOCENV and MAAPD (Conflict) 7101SCONFL. The ANU's CRICOS Provider no. is 00120C.

International students

Applications from international students are welcome and they can be enrolled if they have a either a four year undergraduate degree, a Bachelor's degree with honours, or a Bachelor's degree and a post graduate diploma in social sciences or environmental studies from an approved tertiary institution. Applications for First Semester 2011 are now being accepted. International students' application can be made direct to the University using the on line application by going to and use 'Master of Applied Anthropology' as the search term to find the relevant program. Applications will be accepted up until November 15 but please note that you should allow up to one month to get your study visa.

Candidates from the USA require a GPA of 3.2 or above. The ANU is also a FAFSA Title 4 eligible institution for loans to students from the USA.

Candidates with relevant work experience in development or in developing countries but may not have met the academic requirements, can also gain entry after satisfactory completion of a relevant Graduate Diploma at the ANU - contact course conveners for further details.

English language requirements

To study the Master degree, all students, unless exempt, should have a satisfactory English language test score-either the International English Language Test (IELTS) or the American Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), including the TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE). The MAAPD entrance requirements in these tests are:

IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with minimum of 6.0 in any component.

Not more than two years should elapse between achieving an appropriate English language test score and application for admission. If you take a TOEFL test, you may have the results sent directly to the University by using the ANU TOEFL institutional code #0506.


MAAPD is offered on a full fee basis only. Fees are calculated according to the credit points in a course - to view up-to-date fee details for each course, you can follow the link to each course on the course outline page.

Distance learning

All of the required subjects for MAAPD and for MAAPD (Gender), MAAPD (Indigenous Policy) and MAAPD (Society and Environment) are offered in distance format. For Conflict and Development, the core course is available on-campus only as an intensive course. For the distance students, as well as others all resources, lecture notes, reading materials and lectures are made available through an interactive web environment, Wattle, that also enables audio streaming. The lecturer is available for consultation through online forums as well as email. High speed broadband access is required to undertake distance learning.

Progress requirements and assessment

Assessment for MAAPD program will be on the basis of essays, assignments, seminars, workshop participation. A university-wide standardized scale of assessment is applied.

That assessment scale is:

High Distinction 80 per cent or more
Distinction 70-79 per cent
Credit 60-69 per cent
Pass 50-59 per cent
Fail less than 50 per cent.

Updated:  30 October 2013/Responsible Officer:  MAAPD Convenors /Page Contact:  Program Coordinators