Master of Public Administration

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The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. CEU is an English-language graduate school in Budapest, Hungary that is accredited in the United States and Hungary.

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

Knowledge: Academic Courses

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 five concentrations:

  • Development
  • Security
  • Governance
  • Media and Communication
  • Higher Education Policy

Students may also choose a specialization in Religious Studies.

Skills For Impact

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

CEU School of Public Policy - Applied Policy Project

Practice: Applied Policy Project

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

Practice: Internship

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

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You can read a short program description and learning outcomes here.