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Governing the Large Metropolis, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #242 (QS) ,
The Master's programme Governing the Large Metropolis at Sciences Po aims to prepare graduates for work on public policy issues in a variety of large metropolises beyond Europe, in relation to different types of organizations and agencies

About

Programme objectives

The world cities and urban sprawl of both the global North and the global South face massive public policy and governance challenges. The scale and speed of urbanization raise a plethora of issues, which are all covered in the programme. These include: economic development, poverty and slums, housing, health, technological and social innovation, the management of risk, infrastructure, water and waste disposal, changing labour markets, sustainable development, democratic participation. 

Governing populations divided and organized by class, income, religion, ethnic origin, mobility and/or gender has become even more difficult in a globalizing world where opportunities for mobility, participation in overlapping networks, interdependence and the scale of large urban regions make classic territorial conceptions of government and public policies partly obsolete.

Students receive rigorous methodological training, experience from international professionals and exposure to high level academic content. The Governing the Large Metropolis programme at Sciences Po is taught entirely in English with a great emphasis on issues of comparative study. No ready-made recipes are provided, and no simple fairy stories on the so called "best practices of good governance": the programme trains the students with a strong critical approach and management skills so as to be competent for project accounting and decision making to implement urban policy in critical environments.

Systematic relations are built with urban professionals and research groups, including cities such as Bogotà, Lima, Mexico, Rio, Sao Paulo, Lagos, Beijing, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Istanbul, Cairo, New Delhi, Shanghai, Tokyo and Johannesburg. Going beyond geography, development studies and physical planning, the Master's programme aims at training young professionals who will take charge of public policy design and implementation in the governance of large cities in the future.

Career opportunities

Students will have opportunities to work in the following organisations:

  • UN organisations;
  • Environment, health, security and food organisations;
  • Global utility firms (water, transport, waste disposals, energy);
  • NGO's in different sectors (democratic governance, environment, housing, development, culture…);
  • Urban planning agencies, economic development agencies, urban political organisations;
  • Networks of cities (C40, ICLEI etc..);
  • Urban and regional governments;
  • Private foundations and think tanks;
  • Private developers and international consultants in the large metropolis.

Programme Structure

The two-year programme comprises a mix of sound interdisciplinary theoretical courses, case studies, methods and professional training:

  • Theoretical training focuses on public policy, sociology, governance, law, economics, demography, risk and globalization, centering on issues such as housing, migration, food security, utilities, climate change, informal economy, local finance, conflict management, transports, cultural policies, and the digital city;
  • Professional training is provided in the first year through a ground project commissioned by a private or public organization, which involves doing applied research in the urban field. Students work 1.5 days a week for six months with a professional tutor. Students also take advantage of a planned study trip to a large urban center (past cities include Cairo, Istanbul, Casablanca/Tangier/Rabat). Case studies and workshops are taught by professionals;

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

The international graduate admissions procedure is open to applicants having completed their university educationin an institution outside of France and having obtained any of the following:

  • An undergraduate level degree (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Sciences/licenciatura/licence) at the time of entry to Sciences Po.
  • A Masters level degree (magistr or magistracy, for example) for countries in which universities do not award undergraduate qualifications.
Other situations:
  • Applicants having attended German or Austrian universities: a Vordiplom/Zwischenprüfung/Diplomprüfung (the equivalent of 120 credits) and a complete year of students at postgraduate level/second cycle (Hauptstudium - the equivalent of 60 credits).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14270 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14270 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Paris

  • 1195 - 1780 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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