Strategic Studies

Australian National University

Master On Campus
24 months
45864 AUD/year
32256 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Strategic Studies program at the Australian National University combines the theoretical and practical expertise of leading academics and policy-makers to deliver Australia’s foremost strategic studies program. Develop the analytical frameworks you need to tackle the regional and global strategic and security challenges of your career, and graduate a leader in your field.


Study Strategic Studies at  at the Australian National University with internationally recognised experts in Australian strategic policy, Asia-Pacific security and global strategic issues.

    Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and cognitive skills in strategic and defence studies.
  • Possess an integrated understanding of the conduct of strategy, military operations, and its relationship to policy.
  • Undertake strategic and policy analysis and be able to critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information relating to the conduct of strategy and military operations.
  • Possess the technical skills needed to access the academic literature in the fields of study associated with strategic and defence studies.
  • Research and apply established theories and concepts and exercise expert judgement in military, defence or policy contexts as they apply to both Australian and international settings.
  • Apply strategic concepts and knowledge to practical, contemporary problems using case studies from a range of global environments and circumstances.
  • Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ethics of Peace and War
  • U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific
  • Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • The Gulf Strategic Environment
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Disease, Security and Biological Weapons
  • Ethics and Technologies of War
  • Strategic Studies Internship

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




96 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 082354F

  • At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 
  • Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45864 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45864 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    32256 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32256 AUD per year and a duration of 24 months.


  • ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist 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.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Strategic Studies
Australian National University