Central European University, School of Public Policy

Introduction

Central European University is a graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

It is accredited in both the United States and Hungary, and offers English-language Master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management and public policy. Located in the heart of Central Europe -- Budapest, Hungary -- CEU has developed a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region's historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation.

Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were throwing off the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas and that this critical spirit can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom to scrutinize competing theories and openly evaluate and change government policies.

With approximately 1,400 students and 370 faculty members from more than 130 countries, CEU is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Its rare mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures creates an ideal environment for examining such “open society” subjects as emerging democracies, transitional economies, media freedom, nationalism, human rights, and the rule of law. It also brings multifaceted perspective to all aspects of community life.

CEU is known for excellence in teaching and research—with purpose. At the core of its mission lies a set of principles: the pursuit of truth wherever it leads, respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples, and commitment to resolve differences through debate not denial.

The School of Public Policy at Central European University is, in the words of its founder, George Soros, a “new kind of global institution dealing with global problems” through multi-disciplinary study of public policy, innovative teaching and research, as well as meaningful engagement with policy practice. We are a global institution committed to creating a community of purpose beyond power.

Public policy today is in a global, multi-level crisis. Tipping the scales towards a more secure peace, social justice, and environmental sustainability – to name but a few – requires innovative and entrepreneurial engagement for the common good.

Building a multi-disciplinary and global institution committed to the values of open society and creating strong and flexible links between research and practice is one way of responding to what is, overall, a failure of policy elites to tackle the most urgent problems of our time.

Successful engagement for the public good in today’s world also requires a better and fairer representation of diverging perspectives. To that end, SPP is vigorously inclusive, attracting both students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and tapping into a wide variety of knowledge sources. SPP’s students are the future social and political entrepreneurs, equipped to make innovative contributions towards resolving the paramount public policy challenges of the 21st century.

SPP offers three master's degrees in public policy, and the public policy track of the Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science program. The programs are tailored for students from around the world seeking careers in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors at the local, national, and international levels. The School boasts a team of outstanding resident faculty, world-class visiting faculty made up of top researchers, and practitioners in the public policy field who bring a wide array of academic and practical subjects to SPP's diverse classroom.

The School has launched global initiatives and hosted numerous public events that have focused on developing an innovative research agenda while deepening cooperation with the Open Society Foundations and its networks. SPP has also built strategic partnerships with policy actors across the globe and is home to two policy centers: the Center for Media, Data and Society and the Shattuck Center on Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery.

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Master

Master of Public Administration

Campus Full time September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program that develops graduates with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically engage with policy processes and debates, the methods and training to promote and advocate for evidenced-based policy, and a practitioner's perspective that enables them to move from "contemplation to application." [+]

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program that develops graduates with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically engage with policy processes and debates, the methods and training to promote and advocate for evidenced-based policy, and a practitioner's perspective that enables them to move from "contemplation to application." This integrated and experiential approach to teaching and learning positions SPP MPA graduates to make a difference in the world of public policy in a period of rapid change, increased complexity, and heightened contestation. The principal learning goals of the MPA program are for students to achieve and demonstrate an advanced ability to: understand how issues become "problematized" and politicized in divergent local, national,and global settings; critically understand the policy process from design and implementation to monitoring and evaluation, and the ability to identify options and entry points for engagement and advocacy; gather and analyze data and other information sources necessary for evidence-based public policies; and understand mainstream gender and conflict sensitivity, rights-based approaches, and "do no harm" principles that are fundamental to the building of just, fair, and open societies. The MPA program integrates three components: Knowledge, Skills, and Practice. Knowledge Students are required to take mandatory core courses in public policy analysis, the rule of law, economics, and research methods. Students have the opportunity to develop and apply thematic expertise through specializations within the program. The specializations are Security Development Governance Media and Communication Higher Education Policy Students may also pursue an Advanced Certificate in Religious Studies. Skills MPA students participate in a series of Skills For Impact modules that develop emotional intelligence, awareness, leadership, negotiation, and teambuilding capacities, as well as practical skills such as media training and documentary film making. These are intended to provide students with skills that they will use during their MPA program, as well as in post-graduation employment. Practice The third program component is the Applied Policy Project, a nine-month engagement between student teams and an external client that enables students to bridge classroom and experiential learning in a consultancy style format that is supported by the Applied Policy Project Director, a Faculty Advisor, and the client organization. Program Requirements In order to receive the MPA degree, students are required to complete 72 CEU credits structured as follows: 16 credits for mandatory core courses (includes 2-credit Management for Applied Policy Project course) 10 credits for Skills For Impact modules (includes the mandatory 1-credit module offered during Zero Week) 10 credits for the Applied Policy Project (in addition to the mandatory 2-credit Management for Applied Policy Project course) 36 credits for elective courses To fulfill the practice and professional development requirements of the MPA program, students complete the Skills For Impact modules and an Applied Policy Project, and attend the professional development course, Job Search Basics and Beyond, which is offered in the Fall term and covers crucial job search skills. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that students undertake an internship during the summer between the first and second years of study. CEU is an English-language graduate school in Budapest, Hungary that is accredited in the United States and Hungary. [-]

Mundus Masters Programme in Public Policy

Campus Full time September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes, and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance. [+]

The Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes, and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance. The program is delivered by four top-ranked European universities: Central European University (CEU), 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). Until the graduation of the 2016-18 student cohort, the program runs under the European Union's prestigious Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus Programme. Mobility tracks involving CEU in the first year of Mundus MAPP offer two different specializations: Applicants who wish to pursue a career in international civil service, voluntary organization, or global industries may be attracted to the CEU-IBEI track specializing in Global Public Policy. In this track there is an emphasis on policy making and problem solving in a range of international contexts (from the strongly institutionalized European policy regimes to the broader and less institutionalized global regimes). The central focus is on the policy process at the international and global level, including the design and operation of international organizations and global policy regimes. The track is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of public policy in anarchic, semi-anarchic, and institutionalized international contexts. This includes analysis of policy networks, international organizations, and global policy regimes. Students will gain knowledge of international relations and international political economy, as well as policy making, implementation, and enforcement. The central analytical tools include quantitative and qualitative analysis (including macro-economics), and comparative international public policy tools such as the organization, resources, and policy instruments of global policy regimes. Applicants who wish to pursue a career in the civil service, think tanks, or regulated private sectors such as utilities in the EU, its member states, or its neighborhood, or use the European experience in other countries may be attracted to the CEU-York track specializing in European Public Policy. This track has an emphasis on policy analysis, policy making, and problem solving in the European Union. The central focus is on the policy process in the EU and its member states, from agenda-setting and policy making, through policy design, implementation, and evaluation. The track is designed to provide students with thorough understanding of the EU as a supranational institutional system, and thus of the dynamics of public policy in a multi-level context. Students will gain knowledge of the politics and economics of European integration, as well as policy making and implementation in the EU and its member states. The central analytical tools include quantitative and qualitative analysis (including macro-economic policy analysis), and comparative public policy tools such as policy design, policy instruments, organizational arrangements, implementation, and evaluation. [-]

MA

MA in Public Policy

Campus Full time September 2017 Hungary Budapest

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a one-year Master of Arts in Public Policy (one-year MAPP) degree program that seeks to provide students a solid foundation in theories, which contribute to our understanding of the design, development, and reform of public policies in different institutional contexts, and at various levels of governance. [+]

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a one-year Master of Arts in Public Policy (one-year MAPP) degree program that seeks to provide students a solid foundation in theories, which contribute to our understanding of the design, development, and reform of public policies in different institutional contexts, and at various levels of governance. The one-year MAPP program provides students with a solid grounding in key themes of public policy and policy analysis as well as practical and issue-oriented knowledge that will prepare students for their future roles as policy-makers, advisors, and analysts in governmental and non-governmental organizations. Through the courses included in the mandatory core curriculum, students will gain a detailed and systematic understanding of how policy-making processes are shaped and influenced by both actors and political institutions, and how public policies operate and interact from the global political economy through to national and local levels. The principal learning goals of the one-year MAPP program are for students to achieve and demonstrate an advanced ability to: critically analyze policy issues and develop holistic perspectives on domestic and global governance issues; evaluate public policies and policy instruments using adequate qualitative and quantitative methods; design and participate in the delivery of public policies in various sectors and institutional settings; and undertake further studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner using reliable sources of information. The program consists of a number of mandatory core courses in public policy analysis, economics, ethics, and methods. In addition to the mandatory core curriculum, students have the opportunity to develop thematic expertise by pursuing one of the following areas of concentration: Security Development Governance Media and Communication Higher Education Policy Along with the theoretical foundations, the program also seeks to engage students in applied policy work where theoretical concepts can be applied in practice. To fulfill the practice component of the one-year MAPP, students can choose to participate in a Policy Lab or complete an internship. Program Requirements One-year MAPP students are required to complete 40 CEU credits (34 course credits of mandatory and elective courses + 6 dissertation credits). At the end of the teaching terms, one-year MAPP students will write a research thesis under the guidance of a faculty member who will serve as the Thesis Supervisor. The one-year MAPP program also has a mandatory practice component that may be fulfilled via an internship or participation in a Policy Lab. Students must do one or the other. [-]

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School of Public Policy at CEU

Address Október 6. utca 7
Budapest 1051, Hungary
Website http://spp.ceu.edu/
Phone +36 1 327 3000