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What will I learn?

If you’re a development practitioner, or aspiring to be one, the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) will give you the practical skills you need to make a difference, and also the theory to assess your impact. The degree is a highly-regarded qualification taught by leading academics with development work experience in the field. It has a number of themes to guide your course choices according to your passions: conflict, development, environment, gender, health, humanitarian, and indigenous.

Learning Outcomes

Gain an understanding of trends and changes in development theory and practice as they apply to local development processes;

Apply critical social inquiry and participatory processes to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities;

Undertake social assessments and integrate social perspectives and participatory practices with other forms of technical expertise in development work;

Advise on the development policy processes of NGOs, the private sector, government, and multilateral agencies to ensure the inclusion of local and community perspectives; and develop and implement a major research project.

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,650.00 (25,38,085) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022, 20 February 2023


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Online/Distance (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,650.00 (25,38,085) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

25 July 2022, 20 February 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65%, or completion of 30 SPEA credits towards the Master of Arts – Arts Administration as listed in the award rules for this degree

For international students

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0, and the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis..

Academic IELTS overall score of 6.5 with at least 6 in each component of the test; TOEFL internet based test score of 80, with a minimum of 20 in Reading and Writing and 18 in Speaking and Listening; TOEFL paper based test score of 570 with TWE score of 4.5; Cambridge CAE Advanced score of 176 overall with at least 169 in all sub skills; PTE Academic score of Overall 64, minimum score of 55 in each section.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The Australian National University

Students at ANU learn and study with world-leading academics, explore their potential through research, mentoring and hands-on learning.

  • #1 university in Australia, QS World University Rankings 2022
  • 27th university in the world, QS World University Rankings
  • #1 most employable graduates in Australia
  • Talented community in the heart of Canberra