MSc in Public Policy and Management


Program Description

  • Department responsible for the program: Institute of Economics and Public Policy
  • Program instructor: Bartha Attila
  • Bachelor's degree program: Public Policy and Management
  • Specialization: Economic Science
  • Program time in semesters: 4 semesters
  • Program language: English
  • Site/Location: Budapest
  • Division: Full time
  • Program Type: Normal

This course enables you to analyze different issues of public policy and public administration at a professional level, as it will provide you with an understanding of the principles and methods of modern public policy and management. You will be able to take part in two double degree programs, one in Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, or another one at the University of Palermo in Palermo, Italy. As a successful graduate of ours, you may seek employment at various international organizations like the UN, the EU, and the OECD as well. What are you waiting for? Apply now!

Tuition fee: 700 000 HUF (≈2100 EUR) per semester for EEA applicants, 2400 EUR per semester for non-EEA applicants.

The level of qualification attainable in the Master's program, and the title of the certification

  • Qualification level: master- (magister, abbreviation: MSc).
  • Qualification in Hungarian: okleveles közgazdász közgazdálkodás és közpolitika szakon.
  • Qualification in English: Economist in Public Policy and Management.

Degrees accepted for admittance into the Master's program

Accepted with the complete credit value: the applied economics undergraduate program.

May be primarily considered with the completion of the credits defined: from the economic sciences field, the Human Resources, Economics, and Management, International Economics, Finance and Accounting, from the social sciences field, International Studies, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, from the legal field, Labour Relations, and Social Security, from the political science field, Administration Manager, International Administration, Public Administration Manager, and from the healthcare field, Health Care Manager undergraduate degrees.

May also be considered with the completion of the credits defined: undergraduate and Master’s courses and courses as defined as per Act LXXX of 1993 on higher education that is accepted by the higher education institution’s credit transfer committee based on a comparison of the studies that serve as the basis of the credits.

For persons with degrees defined the minimal requirements of admittance to the Master's program training cycle

For entering the Master’s program, a minimum of 60 credits is necessary from the following subject areas:

  • Methodological, economic, and social science studies 40 credits;
  • Program-specific studies (economics and management of public institutions and levels of government, public policy and policy area studies, public law, and social policy studies) 20 credits.

The prerequisite of admittance into the Master’s program is for the student to have at least 30 credits in the listed area based on his/her previous studies. Missing credits must be attained in the Master’s program as defined in the higher education institution’s Study and Exam Regulations.

The number of credits to be completed for the Master's degree: 120 credits

  • Degree orientation: balanced (40-60 percent)
  • Thesis credit value: 15 credits
  • The minimum credit value of optional courses: 6 credits

International Standard Classification of Education field of education code: 314   

Master's degree training objectives

The objective of the program is the training of economists who, with their attained economic science, social science, management, legal, methodological, and specialized theoretical and practical knowledge, are capable of professionally performing analytic, planning, coordination, and management tasks in the state-run and non-state-run institutions of the public sector, in non-profit organizations, in central and local governments, in Hungarian and international (European Union) organizations that initiate, form, and realize sector-wide public policies and in meaningful participation in any phase of public projects. They are prepared to continue their training at the Ph.D. level.

Professional properties

The scientific fields and areas that the training is based on are:

  • economics, 40-60 credits;
  • administration science, public policy science, and public policy analysis 20-30 credits;
  • organization and management science 10-15 credits;
  • political science 10-15 credits;
  • jurisprudence 10-15 credits.

Specialist knowledge attained in the specialist fields of public policy and analysis, the management and organizational tasks of public organizations, and sectoral policy expertise, considering optional specializations. The credit ratio of specialization in the training, recommended by the training institution, is 15-25 credits.

Foreign language requirements

To obtain a master's degree, the student must have at least one intermediate "B2” complex type state-recognized English language examination, or an intermediate "B2” complex type language examination in another living foreign language accepted by the relevant field of study, or a state-recognized upper level (C1) complex type general foreign language examination or an equivalent high school graduation certificate or diploma is required).

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