MA in Public Policy

Polit IQ

Program Description

MA in Public Policy

Polit IQ

The new Polit IQ & MSU Master in Public Policy on Post-Soviet Space is a two-year degree designed to prepare future professionals in all dimensions of public affairs for a great diversity of careers worldwide.

The objective of the programme is to help students to think critically about complex policy issues, to make decisions and to transform their ideas into action. Besides, the program aims to educate young political scientists and potential policy-makers with deep knowledge in fields of Post-Soviet policy-making process and comparative politics. Finally, another principal objective of the programme is to provide our students with a modern methodology of public policy analysis and elaborate the skills of critical public policy evaluation.

The programme consists of a number of mandatory core courses in public policy analysis, economics, law, and methods. In addition to the mandatory core curriculum, students have the opportunity to develop thematic expertise by pursuing one of the optional areas of concentration.

Core Modules

  • Power Networks and political institutions in Post-Soviet States
  • Different Norms and Realities: Post-Soviet and Western Values
  • The Soviet Civilization
  • Political and Social Profile of Post-Soviet Elites
  • Post-Soviet Political Economy
  • International Policy in the Post-Soviet space
  • Regional security in the Post-Soviet Space
  • The models of the Political Integration in the Post-Soviet Space

Optional Modules

  • USSR disintegration: political and economic causes
  • Color revolutions in the post-soviet space
  • Neo-patrimonial democracy in Ukraine
  • Belorussia: the specific model of state-building
  • Military threats in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Baltic States: from Soviet to European Union
  • Political Islam in Post-Soviet Countries
  • Political Regimes in Central Asia: Post-Soviet Specific
  • EU “Eastern Policy”: prospects and restrictions
  • Post-Soviet Space in the Context of China’s Integrational Project
  • Eurasian Integration’s Economic Model
  • Political Regimes in Caucasus Republics: Post-Soviet Specific
  • BRICS as Alternative Globalization
  • “Frozen Conflicts” in the Post-Soviet Space
  • Post-Soviet Space in Context of Russian Foreign Policy
  • “Problem States” of the Post-Soviet Space
  • State Companies as Economy and Policy Actors in the Post-Soviet Space.

Programme Curriculum

The Curriculum of the MA in Post-Soviet Public Policy consists of three main groups of disciplines: fundamental courses, obligatory programme, and electives courses.

The Fundamental Courses are the disciplines, which serve as a way to provide students with a common theoretical ground, necessary for the future investigations. The complexity of public policy problems makes it essential for a prospective expert to have an understanding of the broad methodological toolkit, used in all the social sciences disciplines. Thus, this part of the curriculum includes theory and history of political thought, economics, law, political psychology and sociology, methodological seminars, international relations and world politics, comparative politics and modern post-soviet politics.

The obligatory programme courses include disciplines, dedicated to the specific object of the Programme- the Post-Soviet Space. Each of those disciplines covers a fundamental aspect of an object, among which are the dominant values in Eurasian societies, the role of the Soviet civilization in modern Post-Soviet countries, institutional design and policy networks, political economy and a socio-political portrait of post-soviet elites. Students are also offered courses about the foreign policy of independent states, political actors, agenda-setting and agenda-building processes.

Elective courses provide students with knowledge about:

  • One of the Post-Soviet Space regions (Baltic countries, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia) and its legal and economic systems, main trends and institutional design.
  • One of the public policy sectors, e.g. social, economic or defense policies.
  • The practical skills, arising from the complexity of an object: political analysis, decision-making process, implementation of a policy and its assessment, social engagement in public policy and political campaigns, network building and agenda-setting.
  • The academic skills for a future career in academic, expert or education spheres, including the specter of careers in public administration sector.

The first year of the MA is formed in order to provide students’ future research with a solid theoretical and methodological ground. In order to meet those requirements, students are invited to participate in methodological workshops. Besides, at the end of a year, students are encouraged to give their own practical workshop during the «Expert in Post-Soviet Public Policy» international contest.

At the end of the second semester, students are encouraged to apply for an internal fully-funded scholarship, funding their studies at World`s leading summer schools. Internships are to be organized for each student in accordance with his/ her sphere of interest in order to both:

  • give an opportunity to get a real-life experience of working in the business, legal, civil and other organizations, and
  • provide an access to the empirical databases for a thesis.

Master thesis is an independently conducted study, which sheds light on both theoretical and practical aspects of a chosen topic.

Theses formulated as a policy project for one of the Post-Soviet space states are welcome.

In order to assist students with their future career paths, the Programme offers series of professional tests, aimed to define their personal characteristics and potential range of careers. Among those are «leader», «consultant», «expert». The tests are optional and serve to help students get useful skills before they graduate.

Prospective Careers

  • International organizations, situated in Eurasia, e.g. EAEC, SCO
  • Public administration, e.g. federal and regional authorities, policy advisors and managers
  • Public Policy, e.g. representative authorities, advisors and assistants)
  • Academic sphere
  • Policy Expertise
  • Business and corporate communications with government
  • Media, NGOs, civil organizations, local authorities
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated June 14, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
2 years
Full time
350 RUB
350,500 rubles is a price per year, which is approx. equal to 4,740 euro/ year or 5,580$/year
Russia - Moscow, Moskva
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