Public Policy and Development

Paris School of Economics

M.A. On Campus
24 months
1200 EUR/year
1200 EUR/year
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The social demand for the quantitative evaluation of public policies is rising. Demand for more precise evaluation is seen everywhere and at all levels of society - central and local administration, firms, civil society - in advanced or developing countries as well as in international organizations. We offer a master degree in Public Policy and Development at Paris School of Economics. 


In this context, in 2008 PSE created the Public Policy and Development Master program. The PPD masters is a two-year research-based training program. The PPD master prepares students to become experts in designing, analyzing and evaluating public policies in both developed and developing countries. It combines rigorous training in analytical and quantitative economic methods with an emphasis on both policy and practice.

The Public Policy and Development Master from Paris School of Economics provides a solid foundation for progressing into the PhD program at PSE or elsewhere. If you do not wish to go to a doctorate, the PPD Master provides advanced quantitative skills required for a professional economist in the public or the private sector.

The PPD Master puts a strong emphasis on quantitative methods: measurement, econometrics, quantitative evaluation of policies. This is a full-time program, which is very demanding in terms of personal workload. The pedagogy relies not only on courses but also on tutorials, team projects and individual guidance during office hours. The MI year ends with a two-month internship. 

Career Opportunities

  • Half of PPD students go on into a PhD program, mostly at PSE. You are encouraged to do so if you are interested by a career in academia or if you plan to get a non-academic positions for which PhD is a prerequisite. 
  • At PSE, there is no direct admission into the Doctoral training. This is the same system as in most US universities, where the first two years of PhD program are devoted to course work (and the admission into the third year is conditional on successful performance on the first two years). 
  • Thus, one can think of admissions to PSE master’s in the same way as admissions to the course-work years of a standard US-university-based PhD program.

Programme Structure

  • The first-year M1 has a strong component of general microeconomics, macroeconomics and quantitative methods: all courses are compulsory and specifically designed to prepare the students for the analysis of policy issues.
  • The second-year M2 offers in-depth and applied courses covering the most important policy issues at both, national and global levels and the state-of-the-art best practices of policy evaluation and econometrics.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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Apply by March 31, 2020




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A current Curriculum Vitae in pdf format
  • A scan or pdf of your most advanced degree
  • A short motivation text
  • A photo of yourself [not used per se in the application process]
  • For Students (PhD included): proof of status
  • Optional - Letter(s) of recommendation

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1200 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Public Policy and Development
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