Master in Political Analysis and Public Policy

Higher School of Economics

Program Description

Master in Political Analysis and Public Policy

Higher School of Economics

The first of its kind in Russia, this programme trains future policy leaders in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Students learn how to articulate issues of public concern, analyze policies, influence public decision-making, and evaluate the effects of policy choices.

A special concentration, Human Rights and Democratic Governance, is also offered. This focus provides students with deep theoretical knowledge, strong analytical skills, and practical experience (through internships) in human rights research, monitoring, advocacy, and litigation. A double-degree track with University of Bologna is also offered.

The programme works with a large number of Russian and international think tanks and non-government organizations. Experts from these institutions give guest lectures and are approachable to students, providing a starting professional network for students that could be invaluable in the early stages of their careers.

Graduates go on to successful careers working for government agencies, political parties, non-profit organizations, think tanks, and private sector corporations.

Part-time study: Most lectures and other academic activities begin later in the day (usually in the evening), so it is possible to combine study with a part-time job, especially during the second year of study.

Sample courses: Anti-Corruption Policy in Public Service, Think Tanks as Policy Actors, Concepts of Human Rights in Non-Western Societies, Corporate Citizenship, Lobbying and Advocacy Work

Partner universities:

  • University of Bologna (double-degree option)
  • Univerzitet u Sarajevu
  • George Mason University
  • Torino University College
  • University of Torino
  • Science Po University
  • Application requirements

  • Application form
  • CV
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Results from English proficiency exams (IELTS or TOEFL) *Native English speakers and graduates from English-taught programs are exempt.
  • This school offers programs in:
    • English

    Last updated May 6, 2016
    Duration & Price
    This course is Campus based
    Start Date
    Start date
    Sept. 2016
    2 years
    Part time
    260,000 RUB
    Start date Sept. 2016
    Russia Moscow
    Application deadline Request Info
    End date June 26, 2018
    Duration 2 years
    Price 260,000 RUB
    per year (scholarships available)