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Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development

Revitalised engagement with the Pacific and its growing strategic importance to Australia has established an urgent need for people who understand the region. Are you prepared?


The Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development offers an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the political, security and development issues facing Pacific Island nations. It is aimed at policymakers, program designers, researchers and analysts working on and in the Pacific region and provides a tailored pathway to research-led learning specifically on development in the region.

The Australian National University (ANU) is a world-leading source of expertise on the Pacific region. Its researchers are committed to achieving real-world impact and many combine academic expertise with policymaking experience.

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Career opportunities

With a deeper understanding and appreciation of the key issues and challenges facing the Pacific region, our graduates have pursued diverse and exciting careers across the world, including in:

  • Diplomacy and foreign affairs
  • Non-government organisations
  • Research
  • Consultancies
  • Government and public service
  • Development and aid

Study experience

The Graduate Certificate of Pacific Development is a 24-unit (six months full-time or part-time equivalent) program, specifically designed to suit the needs of busy professionals.

Study load is compatible with professionals looking for a degree they can complete in parallel with full-time work. The program includes 6 unit and 3 unit courses. Up to 12 credits can be obtained through 3 unit ‘masterclass’ courses, taught intensively over 2 days. These masterclasses offer deep dives into a specific subject area, informed by the latest research from the Department of Pacific Affairs and ANU.

Find the complete course list at https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/program/CPADE

Credit toward your chosen Master degree

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to receive 24 units of credit toward the Master of Pacific Development.

Want to know more?

Email us at asiapacific@anu.edu.au to organise a time to talk with current students, program advisers, or the academics who teach this program, or enquire now to hear more from ANU.

Updated:  24 April, 2017/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team