School of Public Policy at CEU starts September 2013

School of Public Policy at CEU

Starting in September 2013, CEU’s new School of Public Policy (SPP) will offer a two-year professional degree program. Its innovative curriculum consists of core, specialization, and elective courses plus skill-development modules. While completing coursework within a “passion project,” students will contextualize knowledge and skills through team-based research and by consulting with external clients on topics of special interest.

Public policy challenges are mounting in today’s volatile global environment. Economies and
liberal democracies are under strain. Tipping the scale toward more secure peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability requires innovative and entrepreneurial engagement.

SPP seeks to draw students from all parts of the globe who stand ready to make a difference. They
will be challenged to learn in an open and multicultural environment surrounded by engaging professors, seasoned practitioners, and extraordinary classmates committed to the public good
.” - Wolfgang Reinicke, dean of SPP.



About the Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The School of Public Policy’s two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, to be accredited in the U.S., is the only professional degree program in public policy and administration offered at CEU. The MPA program is geared primarily towards students seeking to make a difference for the public good in the “real”  world after graduating. In addition to in-depth academic training in relevant issues of public policy, governance, economics and international affairs, the program places a heavy emphasis on practical components reflected in the student-driven “passion project” which accounts for 20% of the required 64 program credits (128 ECTS), the summer internship leading to substantial professional growth opportunities, and its offering of practical skills courses such as leadership, communication/advocacy, program evaluation, scenario planning, negotiation, budgeting, and project management.

The curriculum allows students to deepen their knowledge in a specific area by completing at least 12 credits (24 ECTS) in one of the following concentrations: Regional and Global Governance, Human Security and Sustainable Development, and Global Communication and Media. For more information, please visit or contact


Prospective Students: Who are we recruiting?

Central European University’s (CEU) School of Public Policy (SPP) seeks applicants for its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program who are committed to making a positive difference in the world of international public policy. Students do not need to have a policy background prior to applying, but instead, are encouraged to bring expertise from disciplines within the social sciences, the humanities, and the sciences or other fields such as law, business, and/or journalism. Graduates of the MPA program will aspire to be leaders for the next generation, serving the public, civil society, and private sectors in the local, regional, and international spheres, as advocates, activists, analysts, civil servants, community officials, and/or social entrepreneurs, to name only a few.

In its first cohort of students, the School of Public Policy will enroll approximately 25 exceptional students, who will ideally come from all parts of the globe. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong academic record, an interest in public policy, and high leadership potential. Although not a requirement, it is preferable that applicants possess one to several years work experience and some exposure to international or multi-cultural environments prior to applying.


Career Prospects

We expect that the career paths of our MPA graduates will vary widely, leading our alumni to explore their passion for improving the public good within, among others, governments, civil society organizations (whether NGOs or think tanks), consulting firms, or international organizations.


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