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 MAAPD is a highly-regarded qualification taught by leading academics with development work experience in the field

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.

Employment Opportunities

The MAAPD will advance your career in development, policy, and program management in bilateral, multilateral and non-government organizations or as an independent consultant.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

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.

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$45,690.00 (US$ 32,603) per year
Start date

21 February 2022


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must achieve a minimum 60% weighted average mark in the first 48 units of courses attempted in order to remain enrolled in the Master of Actuarial Practice. Students who do not achieve a minimum of 60% weighted average mark in the first 48 units will be transferred to the Graduate Diploma in Business.

For international students

Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

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.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

The Australian National University offers below pathways course for this subject

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