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  • $ 16.5k
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    The School of Public Policy, in the words of its founder George Soros, is a “new kind of global institution dealing with global problems.” It is committed to the values of public service and the promotion of open societies through interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, and engagement with policy practice. Building on CEU’s tradition of diversity, the School seeks to attract exceptional students from all parts of the globe, fostering a unique learning experience both in and out of the classroom. The University is an English language institution accredited in the United States and Hungary.

    Career Path

    The professional MPA program equips students with policy knowledge, analytical frameworks, qualitative and quantitative skills, and practical experiences to make a positive difference throughout the world. Because the MPA degree is versatile, graduates are expected to have careers for the public good throughout the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.

    Core Courses

    Mandatory core courses focus on the fundamentals necessary to engage competently and responsibly in the public policy field through a balanced, multi-disciplinary introduction to public policy and the challenges it faces today.

    Core courses provide SPP Master students with a set of basic analytical tools for future change-makers. This includes introductions to modern governance and the policy process as well as the evolution of the global system (including key legal aspects), applied economic analysis beyond the classical approaches, and core research methods. It also incorporates lessons from philosophy (the legitimacy, duties and responsibilities of public policy actors as well as the ethical dilemmas they all face) and psychology (how to understand and manage (ir)rationality in public policy).

    Core courses will include:

    • Analyzing the Development of Modern Governance
    • Public Policy: Process, Politics, and Fallibility
    • Economic Analysis
    • Ethics: Politics and Policy as a Moral Problem
    • Methods of Social Science Research


    Students in the first and second year can choose from a broad variety of elective courses that cover a broad array of key aspects of the study of public policy problems as well as practical skills. These courses are taught by leading academics as well as policymakers and professionals. Within the pool of electives, students can specialize in areas of concentration.

    Areas of concentration

    Areas of concentration give students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge on some of the gravest challenges on our time. Students will be able to choose from a diverse range of courses that integrate a strong policy practice component into the classroom experience.

    Students in our inaugural class will be able to pursue the following areas of concentration:

    • Regional and Global Governance
    • Human Security and Sustainable Development
    • Global Media and Communication

    At least 12 credits are required to complete an area of concentration.

    Passion Project

    The passion project is the culmination of the effort to bridge classroom and experiential learning, encourage both reflection and action, and contextualize knowledge. It has three components:

    • A student-designed, policy-oriented capstone project, which identifies a concrete policy challenge and, over the course of the two-year program, develops a high-quality, policy-relevant product (e.g. a research paper), outlining a possible response. The product is typically prepared for an external client organization and aims to help it improve its performance and meet its policy objectives. Expected clients include renowned NGOs, governments, inter-governmental and multi-national organizations;
    • A set of soft skills classes, which serve to introduce students to vital public policy and administration skills (e.g. leadership, public speaking and communication, facilitation, mediation, negotiation, grant writing, project management) and encourage them to hone those skills further in the context of their capstone project;
    • A relevant summer internship between the first and second academic year.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    Proof of English proficiencyTwo letters of recommendationCurriculum VitaeBA degreeStatement of purposeShort essayPhone interview by invitationComplete online application: www.ceu.hu/applyPreferred QualificationOne to seven years of work experience (e.g., any combination of proffessional or volunteer experience)Some international experience (e.g., working, living, or studying abroad)GRE test score English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 75 (Grade B) TOEFL paper-based test score : 570 TOEFL iBT® test: 88

    Scholarships and Fellowships

    • CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world. The University provides a variety of scholarships and research grants for which applicants from any country are eligible to apply.

    CEU Master’s Degree Fellowships (full or partial)

    • include a full tuition scholarship (with a value of €11,000 to €12,000), health insurance, and a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses.

    CEU Master’s Degree Tuition Scholarships (full or partial)

    • cover from 50 to 100 percent of tuition expenses up to €12,000 per year.

    Direct Student Loans, Canada Student Loans

    • are available for eligible U.S. and Canadian citizens.

    External Scholarships, Financial Aid Programs

    • administered through CEU include Erasmus Mundus scholarships, Erasmus research grants, and other private and public fellowships and scholarships.
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