Public Administration, Master | Central European University (CEU) | Vienna, Austria
22 months
14500 EUR/year
14500 EUR/year
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Bridging classroom and experiential learning, Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Central European University (CEU) program integrates three components: knowledge, skills, and practice.

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In addition to taking core courses in public policy analysis, the rule of law, economics, and research methods, students will have the opportunity to develop and apply thematic expertise through specialist tracks within the program. These are: Security; Development; Governance; Media and Communication; and Higher Education Policy. In the Spring terms, MPA students participate in a series of Skills For Impact modules that develop emotional intelligence, awareness, leadership, negotiation and teambuilding capacities, as well as practical skills such as media training and documentary film making. These are intended for student application during their MPA program, as well as post-graduation employment.  The third program component is the Applied Policy Project, a nine month engagement between student teams and an external client that enables students to bridge classroom and experiential learning in a consultancy style format that is supported by the Project Director, a Faculty Adviser and the client organization.

Overall Aim

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Central European University (CEU) develops graduates with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically engage with policy processes and debates, the methods training to promote and advocate for evidenced based policy, and a practitioners perspective that enables them to move from "contemplation to application". This integrated and experiential approach to teaching and learning positions SPP MPA graduates to make a difference in the world of public policy in a period of rapid change, increased complexity, and heightened contestation.


  • Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
  • Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
  • Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The 'Future of Europe': Europeanship Multi-Campus Course (University-wide CIVICA Course)
  • Academic Writing for Public Policy Students
  • Advanced Impact EvaluationCritical Theory on Policy and Practice (M)
  • Applied Regression Analysis for Public Policy
  • Big Data for Public Policy

  • Disability and Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 22 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


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120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 1. Academic Writing Submission(s)
  • 2. Letters of Recommendation
  • 3. Academic Records
  • 4. Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • 5. Proof of English Proficiency
  • 6. Standard Test Scores (GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • 7. Completed CEU Application Form

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 EUR per year during 22 months.
  • EU/EEA

    14500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14500 EUR per year during 22 months.

Generous scholarships are available to accepted students from any country

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.


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