Graduate economics

Economics at ANU

ANU has long been recognised as one of the leading centres in the world for economics research and education. (ANU was ranked 26 in the world for Economics in the 2015 QS University rankings by subject)

Many leading professional economists, public servants, politicians and academics have undertaken graduate study in economics at ANU, in particular in the Master of Economics, one of the longest standing, and most highly respected postgraduate degrees in Australia.

Your options

Each of our Master programs is built upon a common initial component of 48 units (eight courses), usually completed in one year of full-time study. With the exception of the Master of Health Economics (which substitutes one course) this is identical to the Graduate Diploma of Economics. The second component of the Master programs then allows students to focus their study in particular areas including economic policy, applied economics and health.

The Master of Economics is one of the longest-standing graduate programs in Australia and has been the graduate program of choice for many professional economists and policy-makers for over 40 years.

The program will provide students with the skills to undertake formal economic analysis and the technical knowledge to interpret academic economics literature. Students will gain an understanding of recent developments in theoretical and applied economics and the skills and knowledge to undertake independent research in economic theory.

The Master of Applied Economics provides rigorous training in econometric and quantitative methods. It will provide students with an understanding of how economic principles can be applied in the world of business and finance, as well as being able to frame national policy issues in a quantitative context.

The Master of Economic Policy is aimed at students with an interest in economics in a policy context and will particularly suit those working in policy formation and evaluation.

New in 2016, the Master of Financial Economics is an elite, interdisciplinary degree that prepares graduates for a career requiring advanced analytical skills and drawing on an advanced knowledge of finance and economics.

Introductory programs in economics

The Graduate Diploma in Economics provides an introductory program of study in modern economic analysis. The program is suitable for anyone whose present or intended career requires a basic ability in economic analysis. It is also a foundation for further study at a more advanced level.

The Graduate Certificate in Economics is designed to provide a foundation in economics for students who have only minimal or no prior economics training. The Certificate will be attractive to those whose present or intended career calls for them to understand and appreciate economic discussion and analysis.

The 24 unit (four course) Graduate Certificate can comprise four of the required courses for the Graduate Diploma, allowing students achieving a sufficient grade standard to articulate into the Diploma or Master programs.

Public policy economics

For students interested in public policy, development economics and environmental economics, the University also offers a range of graduate study options through the Crawford School of Public Policy.

Entry requirements

For all of our programs, students must have completed an Australian bachelor degree with a minimum average mark of 65 per cent, or the international equivalent.

All students must also satisfy the University’s English Language Admission Requirements.

Applicants with a bachelor degree in economics or the Graduate Certificate of Economics, may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester full-time) of credit into the Masters programs or the Graduate Diploma.

Coursework postgraduate programs at the Research School of Economics admit entry in semester 1 and 2.

Applicants with an ANU Honours degree in Economics or the Graduate Diploma of Economics may be eligible for 48 units (one year full-time) of credit.

Progression standard

Students must achieve a minimum weighted average mark of 70 per centin both the first 24 units and the second 24 units in order to continue to the next component of their studies.

Those who do not achieve this will be transferred to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma as appropriate.

The same requirement applied for students wishing to articulate into the Master programs from the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma.

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