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MA Political Governance and Public Policy is a two-year interdisciplinary program focused
on the training of highly qualified analysts, managers and political leaders who will pursue
career in public governance, including government agencies, international organizations and
the non-profit sector. The program is designed to meet the challenges of the modern public
sphere: the graduates of the program will have all the necessary professional competences
to deal with complex unique challenges, put the right questions, determine the specificity
and scale of the problems, develop and explore the range of possible solutions, as well as
evaluate the potential of public institutions and actors to implement these decisions. Core
academic courses will give students the opportunity to shape and sharpen the skills of
leadership, management, analysis and implementation of public policy. Graduate students
will learn how to mobilize and manage internal and external organizational resources, how to
arrange monitoring and setting of public policy. Formation of leadership qualities will enable
graduates to successfully implement policies and management strategies in today’s complex
and unstable society.

Students of the Program are actively involved into research projects at the Faculty of political
science. They also have the opportunity to participate in different scientific events and get
funding from the University to travel to the Conferences abroad.

Program’s obligatory courses:
• Political Methodology and Philosophy
• Theories of Public Policy
• Qualitative Methods in Public Policy Analysis
• Informatics for Public Policy
• Quantitative Methods in Public Policy Analysis
• Political Leadership and Strategy
• Collaboration and Political Decision-Making Process
• Political Development and Change
Program’s elective courses:
• Political Psychology and Public Policy
• Comparative Public Policy
• Policy Evaluation
• Conflict resolution in GR-management
• Contentious Politics in Contemporary Russia
• Business and Interest Groups in Russian Public Policy
• Environmental Public Policy

Students practice at:
Public administration institutions in
Saint Petersburg as well as at NGOs
and Think tanks
Graduates work at:
• Press Committee of the Government
of Leningrad Region
• Saint-Petersburg branch of the
political party «Just Russia»
• The Saint-Petersburg Regional
nonprofit organization Center
«Innovations»
• Freedom of Information Foundation
• The Council of Municipalities of Saint-
Petersburg

Documents required to apply
1. An application for Admission to
an educational program
2. Copy of an identity document with
the indication of nationality
3. Original educational credentials
(BA diploma or academic record)
or a copy thereof
4. Photographs 3 x 4 (4 pieces), made
during the calendar year
5. Portfolio of documents including the
motivation letter, an essay on one of
proposed topics, and optional documents
approving foreign language abilities,
research and publication experience

Foreign applicants on government-funded basis should
also submit a copy of the medical certificate on absence of
contraindication against studying and a copy of the medical
certificate on the absence of the H IV virus and AIDS
The admission rules, criteria for the tests assessment, and
a comprehensive list of documents to be submitted are
downloadable from the Admissions Office web page:
abiturient.spbu.ru

As specified in the Governmental decree of Russian Federation (October, 8 2013 № 891"On Fixing an Education Quota for Foreign Nationals and Stateless Citizens in the Russian Federation"), foreign citizens are provided an opportunity to take part in an Competition for state-funded educational places at Universities in Russian Federation, including SPbU (funded from the budget of Russian Federation). Information about order of admission will be available on this page in the terms defined by the Government of the Russian Federation. http://abiturient.spbu.ru/index.php/russkij/admissions-of-foreign-citizens/admissions-of-foreign-citizens/m-admission-procedure-gov

Submission period

For russian applicants:
June 20 – July 10
(online application from April 10)

For foreign applicants:
- on government-funded basis: April 10 – June 15
- on fee-paying basis:
April 10 – July 10 (for applicants requiring an entry visa)
April 10 – August 10 (for applicants not requiring an entry visa)

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