FAQ: Our Programs

What is so special about SPP?

What is so special about SPP?

SPP's public policy programs encourage both faculty and students to employ new methods of innovative and interdisciplinary teaching and cutting-edge, policy-oriented research. Some of the most distinctive features of the School include:

  • Highly international character with faculty and students from around the world.
  • Explicitly global focus.
  • Strong cooperation with the Open Society Foundations, and its network of networks and civil society organizations.
  • Emphasis on students’ intellectual growth, professional skills development, and experiential learning, as individuals and in groups.

What is the language of instruction at SPP?

What is the language of instruction at SPP?

CEU is an English-language institution.

What is the difference between the two-year MPA program, the one-year MA program in Public Policy (MAPP), and the Mundus MAPP?

What is the difference between the two-year MPA program, the one-year MA program in Public Policy (MAPP), and the Mundus MAPP?

The two-year multi-disciplinary MPA program integrates Knowledge, Skills For Impact modules, and Practice. The Practice component includes a required internship between the first and second years; and the signature Applied Policy Project. Find out more here.

The one-year MA program (MAPP) combines academic courses, research, and policy practice in the form of either an Internship or a Policy Lab where students work in small teams to produce original research. MA students are required to write a thesis. Find out more here.

The Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) is a two-year international master’s course. It includes a thesis, an internship, and a study trip. The program is delivered by four leading European universities: Central European University, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI - Spain), the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Hague (ISS - the Netherlands), and the University of York (UK). Find out more here.

Does SPP offer European degrees or US-accredited degrees?

Does SPP offer European degrees or US-accredited degrees?

The School of Public Policy's MPA and MAPP programs are accredited in the US. Mundus MAPP is accredited in Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, and the US.

CEU is organized as an American graduate institution, and is governed by a Board of Trustees. It is incorporated in the State of New York. The University has an absolute charter from the Board of Regents, New York State Education Department.

CEU is accredited in the United States by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

What are core courses and what are electives?

What are core courses and what are electives?

Core courses are mandatory introductory courses that provide the conceptual foundation that students need to delve into particular areas of concentration within public administration and policy.

Electives are non-compulsory courses that students can select to tailor their curriculum.

I am interested in domestic policy. Do you offer courses or tracks on domestic policy?

I am interested in domestic policy. Do you offer courses or tracks on domestic policy?

Policy issues are examined at SPP through both a comparative and international context.

Does SPP also offer doctoral programs in public policy?

Does SPP also offer doctoral programs in public policy?

Yes. SPP offers a PhD program specialized in public policy. For more information about CEU’s Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations and its admission requirements, please click here.

Can I earn a degree at SPP while working full-time?

Can I earn a degree at SPP while working full-time?

No. Our programs are full-time, intensive programs. In exceptional cases, self-funded students with part-time employment may complete the one-year MAPP program in two years as part-time students. This requires permission from the Provost of CEU.