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Master of Public Administration (MPA)


Course Description

The School of Public Policy (http://spp.ceu.edu/) at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary is committed to the values of public service and the promotion of open societies through interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, and engagement with policy practice. CEU is accredited in the United States and Hungary, and the language of instruction is English.

Financial aid is available for top candidates. In addition, candidates from South East Asia, Middle East and North Africa, as well as Latin American and Caribbean countries are eligible for special scholarships. Find out more in here: http://spp.ceu.edu/financial-aid

Structure of the 2-year MPA degree

SPP’s two-years master’s program in public policy integrates three components: Knowledge, Skills, and Practice.

Knowledge: Academic Courses

MPA students take required core courses in a selected number of key areas including governance, economic analysis, law, ethics, and research and analytical methods. They also have the opportunity to take electives from among a wide range of topics, and to select one of four concentrations:

- Development
- Global Media and Communication
- Governance
- Security
Students may also choose a specialization in Religious Studies.

Skills: Skills For Impact Modules

Throughout the two-year program, MPA students participate in a series of Skills For Impact modules where they learn the essential skills they will need to succeed in a dynamic global environment. Some of the topics of the skills modules include:

• Advocacy
• Communication
• Crisis and Risk Management
• Negotiation
• Personal Leadership
• Policy Writing
• Project Management
• Strategic Leadership

Practice: Passion Project

One of the unique features of the MPA program is the Passion Project — an opportunity for students to apply their theoretical knowledge and skills while gaining hands-on experience. Passion Projects are student-led, policy-oriented capstone projects. Teams of students work together throughout the two-year program for clients around the world to address challenges, identify opportunities, and/or conduct research on a pressing social question.

Practice: Internship

Students complete a required summer internship between the first and second years of the MPA program. Internships last a minimum of six weeks and provide students with substantive policy-related experience. Students can perform their internships with any organization in the world.

SPP is proud to be one of eight leading universities whose students may participate in the competitive Open Society Internship for Rights and Governance (OSIRG).

Find out more

For more information on the admissions procedure please visit our pages on the application process and financial aid or write to [email protected]

To request more information about the two year master's program, including important dates and future events, please contact us at [email protected]

Entry Requirements

Completed Online Application FormProof of English proficiency Bachelor's degree or its equivalent (we welcome applicants from different disciplinary backgrounds)Curriculum vitaeTwo letters of recommendationStatement of purposeResponses to two short essays

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