12 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
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The MA program in Public Policy at Central European University (CEU) provides a solid grounding in the key themes and theories of public policy, with a strong focus on the link between policy practice and analysis. The curriculum, infused with real-world issues, guarantees that students will enhance their research, systematic and critical analytical skills.

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This intensive MA program in Public Policy at Central European University (CEU)  prepares students for their future roles as policy-makers, advisors, and analysts in governmental and non-governmental organizations. 

Through the courses included in the mandatory core curriculum, students will gain a detailed and systematic understanding of how policy-making processes are shaped and influenced by both actors and political institutions, and how public policies operate and interact from the global political economy through to national and local levels.

Learning outcomes

The principal learning goals of the one-year program are for students to achieve and demonstrate an advanced ability to:

  • critically analyze policy issues and develop holistic perspectives on domestic and global governance issues;
  • evaluate public policies and policy instruments using adequate qualitative and quantitative methods;
  • design and participate in the delivery of public policies in various sectors and institutional settings; and
  • undertake further studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner using reliable sources of information.

Program structure

The program consists of a number of mandatory core courses in public policy analysis, economics, ethics, and methods. In addition to the mandatory core curriculum, students have the opportunity to develop thematic expertise by pursuing one of the following areas of specialization:

  • Development
  • Governance
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Media and Communication
  • Security
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

Along with the theoretical foundations, the program also seeks to engage students in applied policy work where theoretical concepts can be applied in practice. To fulfill the practice component of the program, students can choose to participate in the Applied Policy Lab or complete an internship.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Antitrust Policy Analysis
  • Advanced Human Rights Law and Mechanisms for Public Policy Students
  • Applied Regression Analysis for Public Policy
  • Big Data for Public Policy
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Corporate Governance
  • Data and Development
  • Economic Analysis for Public Policy
  • Economic Policy and Global Strategy
  • Economics of Higher Education
  • Elections and Democracy
  • Ethics, Politics and Policy
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Jan. 30, 2020: financial aid
  • April 15, 2020: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • July 6, 2020: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


IELTS or TOEFL needed




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
88 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.
59 (required)

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed online application form: www.ceu.edu/apply
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • CV
  • Bachelor’s degree (social sciences preferred)
  • Academic records
  • Statement of purpose

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Generous scholarships are available to accepted students from any country.


In pursuit of its mission, CEU strives to attract world-class graduate talent from all over the world, offering generous scholarships available to students from any country.

In 2018-2019, 82% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition awards to scholarships with stipends and housing. Learn more about how to fund your studies at www.ceu.edu/financialaid.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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