Programme overview

The Programme was developed on the basis of the American model of teaching Public Policy Analysis - namely of Public Policy Institute of the Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, where the head of this programme was teaching in 1993-1995. Since 2006 the Programme accepts foreign students and provides courses in English as HSE contribution to the Bologna Process. We are constantly developing and improving the programme and involve representatives from the leading Russian, European and American universities, most influential think tanks and renowned international organizations into the teaching process.

The Programme has two concentrations: Public Policy Analysis, and Human Rights and Democratic Governance. Concentration in Public Policy Analysis is the outcome of the search for the ultimate professional education programme and combines theoretical and practical training with the cutting-edge international and Russian experience in the field. The concentration in Human Rights and Democratic Governance was created on the basis of the UN Programme. The programme was the first of its kind in Russia and is analogous to the European Master in Human Rights.

The Master's in Public Policy is a two-year innovative practice-oriented programme developing the skills required to articulate issues of public concern, analyze alternative policies, facilitate the adoption and implementation of specific public choices, and evaluate their effects. The goal is to educate professional analysts and managers capable to deal with complex public policy issues of the modern world. The programme provides each student with a strong multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge and an opportunity to apply them to the contemporary public policy process.

Our Students

The Programme is open to the students with different professional, educational and cultural backgrounds. We have graduates who demonstrate that public policy can be effectively mastered on the basis of management, political science, public administration, philosophy, history, geography, and even mathematics. It can be efficiently combined with various career experiences ranging from volunteering and NGO employment to business and civil service.

The Programme is taught in English has been welcoming foreign students since 2006. Our students are from Afghanistan, Belarus, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Romania, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA and other countries. The Programme has very strong and supportive international student community. Besides foreign students are provided with an opportunity to study Russian, which makes adaptation easier.


The curriculum of the Programme includes the introductory bridging courses, core courses (mandatory for all students), core electives, and pulls of elective courses specific to the concentrations:

  • Concentration “Public Policy Analysis”
  • Concentration “Human Rights and Democratic Governance”

The two introductory courses are:

  • Foundations of Public Policy (0 Credits, Fall)
  • Conflict Management (0 Credits, Fall)

The Programme has the following core courses (mandatory):

  • Modern Political Science (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Theory and Methodology of Political Research (5 Credits, Fall)
  • Human Rights in Globalizing World (9 Credits, Fall)
  • Global Actors in Public Policy (7 Credits, Fall)

The common elective courses differ from year to year but usually include the following:

  • Comparative public policy analysis (6 Credits, Spring)
  • Applied qualitative methods in social research (6 Credits, Fall)
  • Methodology and Research Methods in Sociology (6 Credits, Fall)
  • Quantitative methods in social research (6 Credits, Fall)
  • Applications of Statistical Methods to Public Policy (6 Credits, Spring)
  • Foresight Methods and Analysis (6 Credits, Spring)

Concentration “Public Policy Analysis”

The first concentration of the Programme is the core and baseline specialization of the Programme and it is devoted to the Public Policy Analysis and various related issues. It deepens the immersion of the students into the practice of Public Policy Analysis and provides a solid base for future employment in the analytical sphere.

The Concentration ensures a strong multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge of students, who will have enough training opportunities to master contemporary public policy analysis. The elective courses of the Concentration include:

  • Think Tanks as Policy Actors (6 Credits, Fall)
  • Global Political Economy (6 Credits, Spring)
  • Religion, Governance and Policy-Making (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Inequality, poverty and quality of life. Trends, measurement and policy (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Anti-Corruption Policy for Public Service (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Education and Development (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Migration studies and comparative migration policy (4 Credits, Fall)

The graduates are qualified and well prepared for a wide range of careers: government (Russian, International policy analysis), nonprofit organizations and movements, political parties, analytical centres and think-tanks, private sector (strategic planning, personnel management, etc.).

Concentration “Human Rights and Democratic Governance”

The opening of the "Human Rights and Democratic Governance" concentration was initiated by the UN Department Programme and supported by the Public Policy Department of NRU HSE. The programme was the first of its kind in Russia and is analogous to the European Master in Human Rights. The programme has been supported by a number of prominent human rights activists and NGO representatives both at regional and national levels. Besides being the first ever Programme on Human Rights in Russia, this programme is innovative in many other ways:

  • students have internships at partner NGOs or governmental organizations that deal with Human Rights, e.g. Ombudsmen's offices at local and regional levels.
  • one of the main aims of the specialization is to deepen theoretical knowledge in the sphere of Human Rights and combine it with research work and practical activities in human rights research, monitoring, advocacy and litigation.

Human Rights experts will be able to work in state institutions of Human Rights protection, regional and local administrations, social welfare offices, non-profit organizations, including Human Rights NGOs, international Human Rights organizations and international treaty bodies.

Students are expected to accomplish extensive readings of literature on theory and practice of human rights protection, learn and provide deep analysis of case-law of international bodies and Russian courts under supervision of HSE professors - experienced lawyers, handling cases in European Court of Human Rights and UN Treaty bodies, research in contemporary human rights, practice in Russian NGOs and state bodies.

The curriculum of the Concentration (elective courses) includes:

  • Human Rights in Non-Western Societies (6 Credits, Fall)
  • Minority Rights: comparative practices (6 Credits, Spring)
  • Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly: Comparative Practices (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Markets, Regulation and Europeanization (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Soft Law and International Mechanisms of Human Rights protection (4 Credits, Fall)
  • Russia In The Western Legal Tradition (4 Credits, Fall)

This Concentration enables our graduates to combine a high level of academic research with practical skills in advocacy, socio-legal and political studies, campaigning, promotion of human rights domestically and internationally.


Besides, all applicants have to submit the documents required by the Admission Department of HSE. Some of those documents will be used for the Portfolio evaluation: undergraduate and graduate education diplomas and transcripts.

In addition, the applicants will be interviewed (face-to-face or Skype depending on the type of the admission procedure) if their portfolios meet the minimum requirement – 20 points.

Portfolio application includes:

  • Motivation Letter

If available:

  • Diplomas and certificates of a winner, a laureate, or a participant of scientific or research competitions or student Olympiads.
  • Diplomas and certificates of professional education and training, including English language certificates.
  • Information about receiving personal stipends or grants during your previous studies with official confirmation documents from the issuing organization (university, grant-giver, etc.).
  • Attested copy of bachelor’s thesis (attestation may be from the university, college, academic supervisor, etc.); copies of publications in scientific journals, student articles digests, etc.; or a text of an article, prepared for publication.
  • Recommendation Letter (one or more) from the academic supervisor of the thesis paper or an internship supervisor, or an employer; it should include research priorities of the applicant and the readiness and ability to successfully study at the Master’s Programme.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 28, 2018
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