Is democracy conquering the world as the single most accepted model for political and social development? Is democracy being overwhelmed by globalization, popular discontent with politics and renewed authoritarian tendencies? How can democratic political leaders govern and retain legitimacy in the world today?

These are the most important challenges to tackle as a professional in this field. The MA programme in Democracy and Governance offers you the knowledge and skills to be a part of this search for solutions.

The MA programme integrates an empirical and theoretical understanding of democracy and governance. Understanding them is the key to building a successful career in modern government, civil society, politics and international organisations.

The programme provides in-depth knowledge about the history of democracy, modern democratic institutions, public policy and governance, elections and political behaviour, ethnopolitics, and ethics.

Why study democracy and governance at the University of Tartu?

  • The University of Tartu belongs to the TOP 1.2% of the world's best universities (QS and THE rankings)
  • Democracy and Governance are at the heart of the social and political transformation that has characterized Estonia over the last two decades. Estonia is one of the most dynamic reformers in Europe. It's a leader in e-government, Internet-based voting and other governance fields.
  • Estonia is the place to study how democracy and governance can be combined in today’s world of globalization and change. The MA programme is based on learning this success combining it with studies about the global theories and trends in politics.
  • Graduates can work as political scientists, politicians, political aides, consultants, political commentators in media, policy analysts, non-academic researchers, issue-related civic activists, consultants or managers of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and initiatives concerned with public accountability, equality, minority rights, refugee support or other crucial components of a functioning liberal democratic state and society.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 30, 2019
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