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Master in Electoral Policy and Administration

Online United Nations Institute for Training and Research Masters Programmes

Full time & Part time October, April Masters Module, MA 12 months

About the course

Elections have become a major factor in the stabilization and democratization of emerging democracies and post-conflict countries. However, the risk of a relapse into war and violence is considerable. Elections in these countries are a tightrope walk between war and peace, stability and instability.

Built on the expertise of UNITAR, the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Master in Electoral Policy and Administration (MEPA) provides advanced learning on electoral processes for current and aspiring election professionals. The Master targets mid/upper level professionals who want to acquire the specific knowledge and skills to work as election administrators and/or to work as a part of Election Management

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

Three-year (at least) university degree in a relevant field, combined with some (ideally at least six months) working experience in the field of electoral policy and administration or related areas. Students expecting to graduate within a period of three months from the application are also eligible.
Fluency in English – at least a


The tuition fee for the full Programme is 10.000,00 Euro, payable in three installments.

Individual modules are also available. The fee for each MEPA module is EUR 850.

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Student Profile(s)

Fatuma Silungwe

"The programme is designed in a way to be directly applicable to the work of an elections professional. I learn and test my new knowledge in real-time, and see the results".

Legal analyst, UNDP, Malawi

Henry Atem Oben

"The broader view is what I find truly awesome about MEPA. There is no definition of democracy as American or democracy as South African. Democracy is not limited to a particular country, and this should always be borne in mind while selecting course materials".

Executive Director, United States Center for Electoral Support, USA

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