Graduate coursework

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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 research that is excellent by the best international and disciplinary standards and that informs intellectual understanding, public debate, policy formation and community action.

Postgraduate study at CAEPR provides students with an opportunity to be at the forefront of research and learning in Indigenous policy. Students have a number of options:

  • Undertake a coursework program towards a Masters degree, (with an option to exit part-way with a Graduate Diploma);
  • Undertake Indigenous policy and development courses through the flexible Graduate Studies Select program, or
  • Undertake a MPhil or PhD program by research.

Graduate students whose professional work may require them to engage with Indigenous people are strongly urged to undertake at least one course offered by CAEPR.

Indigenous students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply to CAEPR.

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

Graduate Coursework Programs

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development: Indigenous Policy and Development

Indigenous Policy and Development 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 with Indigenous peoples, or independent consultants, who wish to develop their applied expertise by pursuing a professional program. The program 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.

This graduate degree requires completion of courses to the value of 96 units. To be admitted students must have a Bachelor 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) of credit.

Core courses Australian Indigenous Policy (INDG8004) and Australian Indigenous Development (INDG8001), are taught by CAEPR’s academic staff. In addition, students have the option of conducting an applied research project or an internship at CAEPR.

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

Master of Public Policy: Indigenous Policy and Development

Develop inclusive and participatory policy making processes for NGOs, government agencies and businesses working with Indigenous people.

  • Degree specialisation designed to provide policymakers with specific expertise relating to Indigenous development
  • Learn from experts at ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), Australia’s leading centre on Indigenous economic and social policy issues
  • Understand Indigenous views and approaches to development

If you’re ready to take a leading role in improving Indigenous policy making processes for an NGO, government agency or business enterprise, this degree specialisation is for you. Indigenous Policy and Development presents unique challenges that demand a specialist skillset to achieve effective solutions.

By engaging with and learning from experts, including staff from CAEPR, Australia’s leading centre on Indigenous economic and social policy issues, you will gain relevant and instrumental insights into Indigenous and community perspectives – and their impact on development activities.

Partnered with this understanding, you will acquire the ability to undertake social assessments and integrate participatory practices into policymaking processes. These skills will equip you to take on a leadership role in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policy for NGOs, government agencies and businesses that engage with Indigenous people.

For more information visit the Master of Public Policy: Indigenous Policy and Development website:

Graduate Studies Select and Other Programs

The Graduate Studies Select Program recognises that graduate students have a range of professional and personal needs and that these cannot always be met by following a program of study in a single academic discipline. Subject to meeting course entry requirements, students are able to select courses from across the graduate offerings. This allows you to structure your studies and direct your learning in a way which meets your academic, personal and professional interests and enables you to develop skills and expertise in a range of learning areas.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Studies Select Program may elect to undertake the Graduate Certificate of Studies, the Graduate Diploma of Studies or the Master of Studies. CAEPR offers a number of courses that can be taken as part of these programs, including:

INDG8004 Australian Indigenous Policy (6 Units)

INDG8001 Australian Indigenous Development (6 Units)

For more information visit: Graduate Studies Select (GSS) website:

All the above courses can also be taken as options within other graduate programs.


For further information on graduate coursework study at CAEPR, please contact CAEPR administration.

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