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What will I learn?

This unique and highly regarded ANU graduate program opens the right doors for students seeking a successful career. Our program offers advanced coursework and research opportunities in strategic studies.

You will develop strong analytical frameworks and practical skills for understanding the leading challenges in strategy and security policy. These approaches are explored in the context of the Strategic and Defense Studies Centre’s main research and teaching concentrations of Australian defense and security issues, Asia-Pacific security and global strategic issues.

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate mastery of theoretical 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;
  • be capable of undertaking strategic and policy analysis and be able to analyse critically, 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;
  • demonstrative high levels of independent research and apply established theories and concepts and exercise expert judgement in military, defence or policy contexts as relevant 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;
  • demonstrate high levels of written and oral communication in the field of strategic and defence studies;
  • Design and undertake a substantial research-based project in a way that makes a contribution to knowledge in the field of strategic and defence studies.

Cognate disciplines

Politics, political science, international relations, history, sociology, economics, public policy, public administration, strategic studies, social science

Which department am I in?

ANU College of Asia and the Pacific



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,910.00 (US$ 34,847) per year
Start date

21 February 2022


The Australian National University

Acton Campus,


Australian Capital Territory,

2601, CANBERRA, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 72 units of courses attempted in order to remain enrolled in the Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced).

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

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