THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
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 CEUs 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.
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.
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:
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:
At least 12 credits are required to complete an area of concentration.
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:
Scholarships and Fellowships
CEU Masters Degree Fellowships (full or partial)
CEU Masters Degree Tuition Scholarships (full or partial)
Direct Student Loans, Canada Student Loans
External Scholarships, Financial Aid Programs