Masters Program at the 3A Institute


The 3Ai Masters (Master of Applied Cybernetics) is the world’s first graduate program focusing on the challenges of ensuring Ai-enabled cyber-physical systems are safe, sustainable and responsible.


The 3Ai Masters was launched in 2019 and is our flagship program. It is iterative and participatory – the students are involved in designing the program whilst undertaking it, in the spirit of immersive design. The program creates and refines the blueprint for the new branch of engineering, and supports a range of educational experiences and research projects at the institute and beyond.


The program is full-time immersive on campus at the Australian National University from February to November each year. Additional courses are taken remotely. Entry is by competitive application only, and numbers are strictly limited to under 20. Students are selected on a cohort basis to represent a mix of backgrounds, experiences and demographics.


We know that spending a year with us to build a new branch of engineering is a huge decision with financial consequences. Scholarship funds are available via a range of sources: browse scholarships on the ANU website here. Successful applicants for the program will be invited to apply for scholarships upon receiving their offer. 

3Ai Masters Application 2021

If you would like to explore new territory, build something new and have a hand in shaping the future, apply now! We'll step you through the application process below, but first - some key dates:


Applications are due at 11:59 pm on the 21 August 2020. We will let you know by mid-September whether you progress to the interview round.

The Masters program commences in Canberra at the Australian National University in February 2021.


You'll find more information in the Application Pack and FAQ Document. Rest assured we will keep in touch at each stage of the process so you'll know how your application is tracking. We look forward to reading your application soon!




Download and read the Application Pack and FAQ Document.



Prepare your CV/Resume, Cover Letter (2 page max) and Portfolio Piece to accompany your application. More detailed requirements can be found in the Application Pack.

When completed, name each file using the following naming convention:






Upload your CV/Resume, Cover Letter and Portfolio via: CloudStor

Max submission size is 5GB per applicant. If you expect your total file size to be larger than this, email us for alternative submission instructions. Please also contact us if your submission requires non-standard software to be viewed.



Complete and submit the Application Form here: CLICK HERE TO APPLY

We will contact you via email within 2 business days to confirm your application and documents have been received.



Please read the FAQ Document first.

If you still have any concerns or queries, please contact us at 3ainstitute@anu.edu.au

COVID Announcement

The model of delivery in 2021 for 3A Institute’s Master of Applied Cybernetics at the Australian National University is subject to an evolving response to COVID-19. Depending on restrictions in place for the safety of our community, the intensive, in-person delivery model of this program may change. At this time, eligibility to undertake this degree does require your ability to attend the course in-person at the Australian National University, Canberra.​


For an update on the University’s response to COVID-19 and travel advice that may affect your ability to undertake the course, please refer to these links: ANU COVID-19 advice. Entry restrictions into Australia, Department of Home Affairs website


Other General Resources: You can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 if you are seeking information on COVID-19. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For the most up-to-date information about the virus and health advice, please visit the Australian Government Department of Health website and the ACT Health website.​


For more information and the University's response to COVID-19, please visit the dedicated ANU website

Program Overview



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