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Graduate coursework


The Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR) is Australia’s foremost social science research body focusing on Indigenous economic and social policy from a national perspective. CAEPR aims to undertake social science research on Indigenous policy and development that is excellent by the best international and disciplinary standards and that informs intellectual understanding, public debate, policy formation and community action.  Post- graduate study at CAEPR provides students with an extraordinary opportunity to be at the forefront of research and learning in Indigenous policy. Students can undertake a coursework program towards a Masters degree or a Graduate Certificate, can incorporate Indigenous policy courses into a Graduate Studies Select program, or can undertake an MPhil or PhD program by research.

Indigenous students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are particularly encouraged to apply to CAEPR.

The Tjabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre at ANU provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with advice on planning and financing your studies, as well as a place to meet for study, social and cultural purposes.

Graduate Coursework Programs

Masters Program in Indigenous Policy, MAAPD

Indigenous Policy is a specialisation within the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD). This program is designed for people working in government, indigenous organisations, non-government organisations, companies working in indigenous areas, or as independent consultants, who wish to develop their applied anthropological expertise by pursuing a professional program. It provides students with an understanding of the principal ways in which critical social inquiry and method on indigenous issues can be applied to contemporary policy and practice.

The MAAPD (Indigenous Policy) core courses, Australian Indigenous Policy, Australian Indigenous Development, and Measuring and Analysing Indigenous Wellbeing, are taught by CAEPR’s academic staff. In addition, students have the option of conducting an applied research project or an internship at CAEPR.

This graduate degree requires completion of courses to the value of 96 units. To be admitted students must have a Batchelor Degree (or international equivalent) with an average mark of at least 65 per cent. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 Semester) or credit.

For more information visit the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Indigenous Policy) website:

Graduate Certificate in Arts (Indigenous Policy)

This one- year part-time program is designed for students from any discipline who want to develop their understanding of Australian Indigenous policy and development.  It is suitable for people from a range of backgrounds whose employment involves them in working with Indigenous people. It requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of one 12-unit course and two 6 unit courses from the following:

INDG8004            Australian Indigenous Policy (6 Units) or

INDG8005            Australian Indigenous Policy (Advanced) (12 Units); and

INDG8001     &n