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Master of Applied Anthropology and Development

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If you’re a development practitioner, or aspiring to be one, the Master of Applied Anthropology and Development (MAAAD) will give you the practical and analytic skills you need to make a difference and the theory to assess your impact.

MAAAD has a number of themes to guide your course choices according to your passions such as conflict, development, gender, health, and humanitarian studies, as well as specialisations in indigenous policy and environment.

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 its world-class reputation in anthropological studies.

This degree has a combination of required and elective courses which are designed to support its learning objectives. The range of elective courses enables students to focus on issues of interest to them, including international field schools internship and research options. In addition to the themes, MAAAD has two specialisations: Indigenous Policy and Society and Environment, where you can look at these issues in much more depth.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

^Times Higher Education - Global University Employability Ranking 2021

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The MAAAD will advance your career in development, policy, and program management in bilateral, mulitlateral and non-government organisations or as an independent consultant.

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That was the best part of MAAPD – the fact that I could complete it from anywhere in the world.

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