M.A. On Campus

International Public Affairs

Central European University (CEU)

24 months
12000 EUR/year
12000 EUR/year
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This highly interdisciplinary program prepares you for a career in international organizations, NGOs, journalism, academia or the private sector. You will take core courses in public policy, economics, international relations and political science and will be able to choose from a large number of electives to customize your studies.


The program captures two dimensions of study: on the one hand, the international, which includes governance on the regional, global and transnational levels; and on the other hand, the public, which includes interaction among the government, private and the voluntary sector.

Study your passion

After the first term of compulsory courses in public policy, politics, economics, and international relations, you must choose one of two specializations for the next three terms of your MA: (i) Democracy and Rule of Law or (ii) Policy and Governance. The final two terms of the second year are devoted to a mandatory thesis.

Goal of the program

The overarching aim of the program is to provide students with a solid conceptual grounding in international dimensions of public affairs that will prepare students for their future roles as policy-makers, advisors, and analysts in government, international organizations and non-governmental organizations or in journalism, thinks tanks and academia. Through the courses included in the core curricula, the course is designed to give graduate a broad interdisciplinary base that draws on the disciplines of economics, international relations, politics and public policy.

Learning outcomes

  • Systematic understanding of theories, concepts and principles behind ‘international public affairs’;
  • Systematic understanding ‘international public affairs’ at all levels of governance;
  • Systematic understanding of, and capability to work with, the core research methods of economics, international relations, politics and public policy
  • Systematic development of interdisciplinary skills across economics, international relations, politics and public policy
  • An ability to navigate disciplinary boundaries and work with interdisciplinary research including a strong humanities/history component


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Policy Analysis
  • International Relations
  • Democratic Institutional Design
  • Documentary for Social Change
  • Economic Analysis for Public Policy
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Elections and Democracy
  • Media Systems and Democracy
  • European Union Governance
  • Public Management
  • Economics of Higher Education
  • Institutions and Actors in the Policy Process
  • International and European Refugee Law and Policy
  • The Law and Politics of Combating Violence Against Women
  • Media Systems and Democracy: Social Media

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Feb. 1: financial aid
  • March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
  • Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Vienna

861 - 1331 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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

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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