ANU Crawford

ANUCrawfordAustralian National University, Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU Crawford), MPP and MPA

Program Comparison Highlights

Institutional Structure: The Crawford School of Public Policy is one of four schools within the Australia National University (ANU) College of Asia & the Pacific.

Curriculum Design: In 2015 the Crawford School introduced its redesigned MPP and MPA programs. The new two-year programs replace the previous one-year programs. Because such radical curriculum redesigns are rare in public affairs programs, we have preserved the previous program design for comparison purposes at Former One-year MPP and MPA Programs at ANU Crawford. Whereas the previous Crawford MPP and MPA programs required only 8 one-semester course equivalents to graduate (among the lowest of the programs reviewed), with 16 courses plus required pre-sessional components equivalent to a one-semester course, the new programs have among the higher course requirements of the programs reviewed. Our PEACO calculations below suggest that typical students in new MPP program will take about 74% of their coursework in policy-oriented subjects and 26% in management-oriented subjects, while the typical students in the new MPA program took about 65% of their coursework in policy-oriented subjects and 35% in management-oriented subjects. Typical MPP and MPA students will take about 15% of their coursework in subjects with high math-economics content. This places both the Crawford new MPP and new MPA in the in the “high course requirement, policy-oriented, lower math-economics content” curricular type, along with such programs as Sydney MPP, Carnegie MSMPP and the Duke MPP. Among peers in its curricular type, the Crawford School has a high proportion of required courses (particularly for the MPA program), a average number of program-specific courses on offer and a high proportion of the coursework of a typical students is in program-specific courses taught within the school. The competency gap analysis below suggests that Crawford MPP and MPA students taking the required courses and a random selection of listed electives would, on average, graduate with approximately 38 and 31 course-weeks of shortfall in the core-competency subject matter identified in MPP/MPA Core Competencies. The largest shortfalls are in Quantitative Methods (12 course-weeks), Evaluation (6 course-weeks) and, for the MPP but not the MPA, Leadership Skills (7 course-weeks).

ANU Crawford is unusual among the programs reviewed to date in providing both learning outcomes (for all courses) and workload projections (for many courses). For a good example, see which states under Workload: “mixture of lectures, workshops and seminars equivalent to 3 hours a week, plus seven hours of independent study” which happens to be precisely the expectation we have proposed for MPP/MPA courses.

Professional Program Features: The Crawford School website references a wide array of practice-oriented activities, including the following research units: Australia-Japan Research Centre; Australia-South Asia Research Centre; Asia Pacific Network for Environmental Governance; Australian Centre for Biosecurity and Environmental Economics; Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis; Centre for Climate Economics and Policy; Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament; Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy; Children’s Policy Centre; China Economy Program; Development Policy Centre; East Asian Bureau of Economic Research; HC Coombs Policy Forum; Indonesia Project; Poverty Research Centre; Social Policy Institute; South Asian Bureau of Economic Research; Tax and Transfer Policy Institute; and the National Security College (NSC).

Program Summary

Website: and for the MPP and MPA programs: and

University: Australian National University

Location: Canberra, Australia

Degree: Master of Public Policy (MPP); Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Marketing Approach: “The purpose of the Master of Public Policy is to provide public policy education of international renown for professionals to develop further as leaders in a variety of public sector roles, including public services, third sector organisations or government affairs positions in the private sector. The MPP’s scope includes providing students with an introduction to the latest disciplinary policy debates in the social sciences and, with a mixture of theory and practice, to build the analytical tools and knowledge necessary for high quality policy analysis, including design, advocacy, and evaluation, as well as building political and program management capabilities.” (At, accessed 4 May 2015.)

“The Master of Public Administration program is designed for future leaders of government, civil society and market organisations responsible for pursuing the public interest. It integrates theory and practice in enhancing understanding, knowledge and skills essential to the management and leadership of public organisations. It does this through various analytical lens that structure, guide and inform an assessment of the complexities and challenges of organising public action within and across the state, market and civil society. The compulsory and elective subjects explore contemporary public issues and dilemmas locally, regionally and globally. The emphasis is on key disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on public administration, management and governance, as clustered in terms of people and finance, law and regulation, policy systems, and international governance. The aim throughout is to foster debate and provide comparative insights in addressing the dynamics of continuity and change in government and governance. (At, accessed 4 May 2015.)

Degrees Awarded per Year: The two programs have been substantially redesigned and are accepting their first students in September 2015.

Academic Unit within University: The Crawford School of Public Policy is one of four schools within the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific.

Related Academic Units and Degrees: Other Public Policy related programs at the Crawford School include: Master of Climate Change; Master of Environmental Management and Development; Master of Environmental and Resource Economics; Master of International and Development Economics; Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, Master of Natural Hazards and Disasters.  Other public policy related programs at the ANU include: Master of Diplomacy; Master of Economic Policy; Master of Government & Commercial Law; Master of Health Economics; Master of Public Health; Graduate Diploma in Public Administration; Graduate Certificate in Public Policy; Graduate Certificate in Public Administration.  The programs are listed at

Posted Tuition: For both programs, the annual indicative fee is AU$30,144 for domestic students and AU$36,528 for international students (at and, accessed 5 May 2015).

Concentration/Curriculum Overview:

MPA Degree Requirements

Summary: The MPP requires the completion of two pre-sessional components and then 8 compulsory courses; 1 of two economics courses; 1 of two institutions and policy courses; and 1 of a list of 25 courses. Five MPP specializations will be available (Master of Public Policy specialising in Development Policy; Master of Public Policy specialising in Economic Policy; Master of Public Policy specialising in International Policy; Master of Public Policy specialising in Policy Analysis; Master of Public Policy specialising in Social Policy) although the program website does not yet say whether and when a specialization must be declared, and which courses are required. The MPA requires the completion of two pre-sessional components and then 12 compulsory courses; and 3 out of a list of 13 courses. No specialization is offered within the MPA.

Duration: 2 years (full time)

Academic Prerequisite: The admission requirements and potential credits for prior courses are the same for both programs: a bachelor degree or international equivalent with at least 3 years’ work experience in public policy; applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit; applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Number of One-Semester-Equivalent Courses Required for Completion: 17 (96 credits plus two required pre-sessional components deemed equivalent to 0.5 one-semester course each. See Note 1.)

Note 1: The two required pre-sessional components (CRWF6900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy and POGO6900 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis) state that the anticipated workload is “Approximately 30 hours class, with an equivalent number of hours in self study” which is precisely half the 120 hours of in-class plus outside-class study that we deem equivalent to a single one-semester course.

Number of Required Courses: As noted above and in the Course Map below, the requirements include options from within lists of courses.

Number of Electives Typically Taken: For the MPA, these requirements comprise all but 1 of the 16 courses to graduate; for the MPP, all but 6.

Number of Courses Listed: 55

Number of Courses Offered within Program: 42 (i.e., courses with prefixes CRWF and POGO)

Comprehensive Examination: No

Thesis Required: No

Internship Required: No

International Study Required: No

Co-curricular Activities Supportive to Degree

Professional Development and Career Support: Not referenced on program website.

Student-run Journal: Not referenced on program website.

Applied Projects: Not referenced on program website.

Pro Bono Consulting: Not referenced on program website.

Courses Offered: The full list of courses is found at and, accessed 5 May 2015.

Course Material Online: One-paragraph course descriptions are found at the links in the Course Map below.

Instructional Distribution (PEACO Profile): The table below indicates the distribution of instruction offered, based on the course assignments to subjects in the Course Map below, weighted by estimated enrolment determined by the PEACO Algorithm. The Course Map for the Previous MPA and Previous MPP programs can be found at Former One-year MPP and MPA Programs at ANU Crawford.

Former Former
Curricular Type Parameters
Number of Courses Required for Graduation 17.0 17.0 8.0 8.0
Math-Economics Subjects (EA, QM, Macro, Fin Markets) 15.3% 14.8% 5.2% 18.6%
Policy-Oriented Subjects 65.3% 74.3% 68.2% 74.9%
Management-Oriented Subjects 34.7% 25.7% 31.8% 25.1%
Enrolment-Adjusted Course Distribution
Analysis and Skill Subjects 46.5% 32.2% 53.1% 39.7%
  – Policy and Management Analysis 24.0% 14.6% 18.6% 5.2%
  – Economic Analysis 8.5% 7.9% 3.9% 17.3%
    – Quantitative  and Analytic Methods 7.2% 8.8% 16.0% 16.0%
  – Leadership and Communication Skills 6.8% 0.9% 14.7% 1.3%
Institutions and Context Subjects 21.2% 24.4% 10.4% 23.8%
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process 8.7% 11.8% 2.6% 16.0%
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability 3.4% 1.9% 2.6% 2.6%
  – Socioeconomic, Political, and Global Contexts 9.0% 10.7% 5.2% 5.2%
Management Function Subjects 3.8% 3.8% 3.9% 3.9%
  – Public Financial Management 1.9% 1.9% 2.6% 2.6%
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement 0.0% 0.0% 1.3% 1.3%
  – Other Management Functions 1.9% 1.9% 0.0% 0.0%
Policy Sector Subjects 28.5% 39.6% 32.6% 32.6%
  – Macroeconomic Policy 6.8% 6.9% 1.3% 1.3%
  – International Development 14.3% 17.6% 7.8% 7.8%
  – Health 1.9% 1.9% 2.6% 2.6%
  – Other Policy Sectors 5.5% 13.2% 20.8% 20.8%
                              Total 100% 100% 100% 100%
Competency Gap Analysis (in Course-Weeks of Instruction)
Course-Weeks in Core Subjects taken by Typical Student 157 139 70 70
Surplus or Shortfall Relative to Core Competency Requirement
  – Policy and Management Analysis (CCR = 18 course-weeks) 31 12 0 -13
  – Economic Analysis (CCR = 12) 5 4 -8 5
  – Quantitative Methods (CCR = 12) -12 -12 -12 -12
  – Analytic Methods (CCR = 6) 9 12 9 9
  – Leadership Skills (CCR = 9) 5 -7 5 -8
  – Communication Skills (CCR = 3 courses) -3 -3 -3 -3
  – Democratic Institutions and Policy Process (CCR = 18) 0 6 -15 -3
  – Ethics, Rights and Accountability (CCR = 6 courses) 1 -2 -3 -3
  – Socioeconomic and Political Context (CCR = 6) 9 12 -6 -6
  – Global Context (CCR = 3) 1 1 2 2
  – Public Financial Management (CCR = 6) -2 -2 -3 -3
  – Evaluation and Performance Measurement (CCR = 6) -6 -6 -5 -5
  – Human Resource Management (CCR = 3) -3 -3 -3 -3
  – Information and Technology Management (CCR = 3) -3 -3 -3 -3
  – Macroeconomic Policy (CCR = 6) 8 8 -5 -5
  – Environment and Sustainability (CCR = 3) -2 3 1 1
Subject-Matter Shortfall for Typical Student (Sum of Shortfalls) -31 -38 -67 -67
Additional Parameters
Total Courses Listed 55 55 49 49
Courses Designated as Required (inc. Specialization Reqs) 16.0 11.0 4.0 4.0
Archetypal Public Affairs Subjects (P&MA, EA, QM, DI&PP) 41.3% 34.3% 25.1% 38.4%
Archetypal International Affairs Subjects (I&GC, ID, DS&FR) 16.4% 20.4% 14.3% 14.3%


Source: At and for the MPP and MPA programs: and and related sites (accessed 5 May 2015).

Page created by: Ian Clark on 5 May 2015 and last modified on 12 December 2015.

ANU Crawford MPP and MPA Course Map Courses Offered, listed by Public Policy and Management Subject


Note: The requirements (R) are for the redesigned programs with entry starting in Summer 2015.

Analysis and Skills

Policy and Management Analysis

Economic Analysis

Quantitative Methods

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Analytic Methods

Leadership Skills

Communication Skills

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Multiple Subjects

Internships, Major Projects, Theses, Capstones, etc.

Institutions and Context

Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Ethics, Rights and Accountability

Socioeconomic and Political Context

Intergovernmental and Global Context

Management Functions

Public Financial Management

Evaluation and Performance Measurement

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Human Resource Management

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Information Management and Technology

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Regulatory Policy and Management

Local Government Management

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Nonprofit Management and Advocacy

Policy Sectors

Macroeconomic Policy

International Development

Public Finance and Social Policy



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Employment, Labour and Immigration

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Cities, Urban and Regional Development

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Environment and Sustainability

Agriculture and Resources

Science, Technology and Innovation

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Industry, Trade and Investment

Energy, Transport and Infrastructure

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Defence, Security and Foreign Relations

Policing and Justice Administration

Arts and Culture

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Financial Markets

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