In a disrupted world, there has never been a more critical time to understand security. The Master of National Security Policy (1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent) offers a world-class and policy-oriented qualification in national security, in line with the vision of the National Security College (NSC) as a joint initiative between The Australian National University (ANU) and the Australian Government.

At NSC you’ll be part of a new generation of professionals from across Australia and around the world who are engaging with applied national security policymaking in Australia’s capital. You’ll gain an internationally respected qualification in national security with a focus on the dynamic Indo-Pacific region and develop the skills and networks you’ll need to further your career. 

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Our students learn about policy analysis, policymaking and policy leadership. Core courses provide foundations in concepts and practical policy skills, with a focus on navigating the national security landscape in Australia and the wider world.  

Electives examine the horizon of present and future risks, from pandemics, foreign interference, terrorism and cyber attacks through to Indo-Pacific geopolitics, US-China tensions, information warfare, technological disruption, energy and environmental concerns.

To address these challenges, students may develop a policy grounding in security-related aspects of such areas as bureaucracy, politics, ethics, history, risk-management, leadership and civil-military relations. 

Whether your career aspirations lie in government, the private sector, international organisations or the media, a degree from the NSC can help you achieve them. It prepares your for the many other professional pathways in academia, the private sector, international organisations, media and civil society - where it matters to understand 21st century security. This degree equips our graduates with the skills for careers in government across the full spectrum of policy departments and intelligence agencies. 

The learning experience

The Crawford School of Public Policy prides itself on our excellence and commitment to students’ learning and professional development. Our interactive classes facilitate open, safe, and robust discussion and debate. Whether studying online or face to face, you will benefit from actively participating in our inclusive learning experience. Real-time interaction, discussion and debate between students and convenors is a central part of the learning experience. Attendance at interactive classes is a key part of the learning design for both on-campus and online students. 

Our teaching staff are leaders in their respective areas of expertise. They bring this knowledge and expertise to the classroom to inspire, challenge and support students as you carve your professional and personal pathway. Our work integrated learning program complements our expertise and provides students with an opportunity to be immersed in an organisation and gain valuable policy experience while studying. 

You can benefit from our specialised academic skills advisers by attending workshops or booking individual consultations. The team provides focused support and resources to help students develop and strengthen their academic and research skills, preparing you for success and graduation.   

You will complete a combination of compulsory and elective courses to tailor their program to meet your professional goals.   


The Crawford School of Public Policy offers the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP). This scholarship is available to citizens of eligible developing countries to undertake study at universities renowned for their development research and teaching in key development areas.  

Contact for further information on this scholarship, including how to apply. Please DO NOT apply through the online portal. 

The Australian National University (ANU) offers a wide range of scholarships to assist students with the cost of their studies.  

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.  

Whether you are looking for financial support to start your studies at ANU or help to move away from home for the first time, we have scholarship opportunities for you and your situation.  

Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy

The Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy (6 months full-time, or part-time equivalent) is designed for students seeking to start or advance their careers in national security policy.  

For those unable to commit to the full 1.5 year (full-time) program, there are multiple pathway options for this degree including the Graduate Certificate of National Security Policy. This 24- unit (6 months, full-time) certificate introduces the immersive Master experience, as well as an option for an early exit. 

This program, offered by The Australian National University's (ANU) Crawford School of Public Policy, combines the theoretical and practical expertise of leading academics. At the end of this course, you will: 

  • Demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary and emerging national security challenges affecting Australia. 

  • Develop a working understanding of the context, processes, challenges and options for national security policy and implementation. 

  • Communicate ideas, analysis and arguments on national security issues. 

If you have further questions about these programs, please contact the Program Coordinator or Convenor below.   

Program Coordinator   

Associate Professor Sue Thompson