Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

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 and analytic skills you need to make a difference, and also the theory to assess your impact. MAAPD is a highly-regarded qualification taught by leading academics with development work experience in the field.

The program has a combination of required and elective courses which are designed to support its learning objectives. A range of elective courses enable students to focus on issues of interest to them, including international field schools internship and research options. This degree can be taken in person or online.

MAAPD has a number of themes to guide your course choices according to your passions: conflict, development, environment, gender, health, humanitarian, and indigenous.

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

Further studies

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced)

In this advanced option you complete a thesis instead of a semester of electives, which allows you to have a stronger research focus to your master's qualification

Admissions requirements

By transfer from the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 72 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis. If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Career opportunities

The program attracts students from international and government agencies, non-government organisations and consultants. Some of them are already working in development, while others are looking to move into development work. Students in the program come from varied backgrounds in terms of their nationalities, training and work experience. This diversity is fostered through options for delivery to off-campus students, as well as research and internship possibilities.

MAAPD Graduates go on to work in a range of development organisations and programs, and continue to value the networks formed during their studies.

Professional outcomes

The Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) produces graduates who can: Understand trends in development theory and practice as they apply to local development processes; Apply critical social inquiry and participatory processes in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development activities; Undertake social assessments and integrate participatory practices in development work; And engage in the policy processes of NGOs, the private sector, government, and multilateral agencies to ensure the inclusion of local and community perspectives. Taught by anthropologists and other social scientists who are engaged in innovative development research and practice, the program is infused with the expertise that gives The Australian National University a world-class reputation in anthropological studies.

Admission requirements

  1. A three year Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a GPA of at least 5/7 for the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development.
  2. A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6/7 and the approval of an identified supervisor for the thesis for the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (Advanced).
  3. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students.
  4. Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.
  5. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.
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