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Central European University's School of Public Policy is an English-language, graduate university with a diverse student population. It is a top ranking program, currently accredited in both the US and Hungary and is located in Budapest, Hungary. It offers scholarships on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

We are a global institution with students from nearly 50 countries. We offer academic programs that support students to develop the skills they will need to identify, define and address compelling and emerging public policy problems. Our faculty include top researchers and practitioners with extensive experience in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Their expertise enriches the classes they teach on a wide range of public policy topics including development, human rights, media and governance.

How to apply?

Applications for SPP's master's and doctoral programs are now open. All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s) by the deadlines listed here.

Our programs

Master of Public Administration (MPA) TWO YEARS / A program combining academic training with an emphasis on work-based and applied skills of policy management, leadership and advocacy, which includes a year-long Applied Policy Project.

Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP) ONE YEAR / A program that emphasizes the link between policy practice and analysis, including a focus on research skills and exposure to real world policy challenges.

Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy – Mundus MAPP TWO YEARS / An international public policy program with strong analytical and practical components that includes a second year at the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain) or the University of York (UK).

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science – Public Policy Track / Designed for scholars interested in conducting research on the causes, functions, nature and outcomes of public policy, this doctoral program prepares graduate students for careers in academic and applied research institutions, as well as for policy analyst positions in the public, private or voluntary sector.

Career Path

SPP equips students with policy knowledge, analytical frameworks, qualitative and quantitative skills, and practical experiences to make a positive difference in the world. Our alumni work for intergovernmental organizations, private sector firms, leading non-profit and advocacy organizations, national agencies, governments and top universities.

Financial Aid and Tuition contribution

Beginning in September 2020, all CEU SPP students will be expected to contribute a minimum of 3,000 EUR/year towards their tuition, this includes Mundus MAPP students who receive institutional scholarships from the Mundus MAPP consortium. Other Mundus MAPP students will be expected to pay full tuition fees.


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