Master in Public Affairs

Sciences Po

Program Description

Master in Public Affairs

Sciences Po

1-year Master for mid-career professionals

The Master in Public Affairs (MPA) is Sciences Po's flagship full-time one-year programme for mid-career professionals interested in public policy and the interaction of public and private sectors. It prepares students for today's policy environment which is co-developed, co-produced and co-managed by empowered individuals.


The programme focuses on policy design and implementation as well as on the management of public affairs, and introduces participants to real-world policy problems. Graduates will be equipped with news skills to navigate between local and global perspective, and from public-private partnerships to international organisations and civil society. In particular, the MPA will:

  • Foster their analytical capacity through a multidisciplinary approach
  • Develop their managerial skills, with a focus on leadership, negotiation, crisis communication, decision-making and budgeting
  • Equip graduates with a multidimensional and panoramic vision of public affairs that embraces a plurality of values, ethics and cultural contexts.

Innovative teaching methods

The MPA emphasizes interdisciplinary analytical tools and hands-on training workshops. It uses case studies and relies on the experience and the diversity of the student body. A high level of interaction is enabled by the small size of the class (the programme enrols 25 to 30 students per year).

Students are also engaged in a policy lab exercise, which gives them the opportunity to collaborate with clients to co-develop and test solutions for public policy challenges in the field.

Structure and Curriculum

  • Two-week orientation period in August to refresh students' quantitative skills, to introduce major policy issues which will be discussed throughout the year, and to launch their individual projects.
  • Fall Semester consisting of two core courses*, Politics of Policy Making and Economics of Public Policy, one common core curriculum course and two elective courses.
  • Two-week session in January to develop practical skills.
  • Spring semester consisting of two core courses, Policy Implementation and Leadership & Organizational Change, combined with two elective courses, and the Policy Lab.
  • Summer semester consisting of advanced courses and focusing on developing practical leadership and management skills.

Students can specialize by choosing courses in the following policy streams:

  • Administration publique
  • Cultural Policy and Management
  • Digital, New Technology and Public Policy
  • Economics and Public Polic
  • Energy, Resources and Sustainability
  • Global Health
  • Management of Public Affairs
  • Social Policy and Social Change

In addition to the above, students may choose to enrol in a language course. Non-French speakers are particularly encouraged to enrol in French language classes.

The overall required number of credits is 82 ECTS (or 20.5 standard Sciences Po courses).

*Standard courses at Sciences Po are 24 contact hours (12 sessions of 2 hours, over 12 weeks) with about the same number of hours of work outside the classroom. One 24 hour-class is worth 4 ECTS credits.

Eligibility and admissions

The candidates should be committed to promoting public good. They should have at least five years of professional experience in the public, private or non-profit sector, be proficient in English ((demonstrated C1 level), and hold at least a Bachelor's degree.

Admissions open in October for the August intake.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated May 2, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2017
1 year
Full time
21,000 EUR
France - Paris, Ile-de-France
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Sciences Po awards scholarships to a select number of Students, in the form of tuition reduction. These tuition reductions range from 10% to over 50%.