GSS Frequently asked questions

What is GSS?

GSS stands for Graduate Studies Select. GSS is a university-wide suite of programs giving students a flexible option for graduate studies at ANU in which they can create a tailor-made degree based on their academic, personal and professional interests.

Do I have to take courses offered by the College of Arts and Social Sciences?

No. Although GSS is administered by the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), you can study postgraduate courses from across the University and do not need to take any CASS courses.

Do I have to come onto campus for all these courses?

Graduate courses are delivered in a variety of formats, including online, intensive and weekly classes on the ANU campus. The information for each course includes details of the delivery mode. The majority of courses are taught on campus.

Can I choose just online studies in the Graduate Studies Select Program?

You can develop your own online degree through the ANU online courses. However, the majority of courses are taught on campus.

Are distance courses available?

ANU does not offer paper-based distance courses. All distance courses require a computer. However there are mixed-mode courses where some of the material is online and some is delivered on-campus over a short period of time.

What award will I receive?

As with all other degrees awarded at ANU, you will receive a testamur showing the name of the degree conferred and a transcript with details of the courses completed with final marks and grades.

How can I get more help?

Please send an email to if you are unable to find your area of interest in our course selections. We can help you find what you are looking for or can recommend other potentially relevant programs. We may also utilise this information to guide our course offerings in the future.

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Updated:  5 April 2019/Responsible Officer:  CASS Marketing & Communications/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications