Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)


Program Description


The Faculty of Philosophy, in a partnership with the Faculty of Business and Administration, are pleased to announce the launch of their new jointly organized MA program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, starting October 2017. It is the first PPE program in Romania, and one of the very few in Eastern Europe.

Internationally, PPE programs are highly successful at the most prestigious universities, due mainly to the unique combination of skills, perspectives and analytical tools they provide. The first PPE curricula was established at Oxford in the 1920s, and the model was soon followed worldwide. Today universities such as Oxford, London School of Economics, Warwick, Princeton, Yale or Duke offer PPE degrees at various levels. After 1990, PPE programs have gained hold also in “continental” Europe, and are offered, among others, by Leiden, Lund, Amsterdam, Bern, Zurich, Graz, Hamburg, Milan, Prague and now Bucharest.

There is an ever-increasing demand on the labor market for employees with an excellent intellectual mobility, able to deploy competently multi criteria-tools for analysis and who are apt to grasp the various challenges of a decision-making situation (ethical, economic, social etc). Our PPE syllabus aims to meet this demand, educating future professionals who can fulfill easily different organizational roles in business, government, politics or research).

The huge numbers of PPE alumni with spectacular careers (to give but one example, in 2015 in Great Britain both the prime minister and the opposition leader were former PPE students) are the best evidence for the array of opportunities that PPE programs consistently deliver.

By its nature, an MA program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics is highly inter-disciplinary. The course and seminar instructors are highly reputed professors and researchers from the faculties of Philosophy and Business and Administration, as well as invited experts at the top of their profession in constitutional law, political science or economics.


  • Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences (Sorin Costreie, Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Modern Political Thought (Dorina Pătrunsu, Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Elements of Economic Thinking (Cătălin Ghinăraru, National Research Institute for Labour and Social Protection, and Faculty of Administration and Business)
  • Comparative Politics (Franz-Lothar Altmann, UNESCO Chair, University of Bucharest and SOG München)
  • Ethics and Economics (Emanuel Socaciu, Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Political Economy (Călin Vâlsan, Williams School of Business, Bishop’s University, Canada and Faculty of Administration and Business)
  • Curricular Practical Training
  • Morality and Law (Romlus Brâncoveanu and Laurențiu Gheorghe, Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Social and Political Philosophy (Adrian Paul Iliescu, Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Game Theory in Economics (Elena Druica, Faculty of Administration and Business)
  • Morality, Business and New Media (Constantin Vică, Faculty of Philosophy)
  • Constitutional Democracy (Simina Elena Tănăsescu, Faculty of Law)
  • Contemporary Economic Debates (Rodica Ianole, Faculty of Administration and Business)
  • Research for dissertation


Admission takes place in July and September.

The call for applications is open to Romanian nationals – BA (or equivalent) graduates -, as well as nationals of EU, EEA member states, Swiss Confederation nationals and non-EU-citizens.

Applicants with previous studies abroad will include a certificate acknowledging their studies abroad/degrees obtained abroad, issued by the specialized department of the Ministry of Education.

Tuition Fees

There is no tuition fee for thestate-subsidizedd places. These places are available for EU, EEA and Swiss Confederation nationals

For paying students:

  • 3100 RON / year for Romanian students and for students coming from EU, EEA member states and from the Swiss Confederation
  • 220 € / month for non EU nationals


Application package, statement of purpose and interview:

Last updated Mar 2018

About the School

In general, both within the country and abroad, the University of Bucharest is considered to be the most important educational, research and cultural institution in Romania. During its 150 years of ex ... Read More

In general, both within the country and abroad, the University of Bucharest is considered to be the most important educational, research and cultural institution in Romania. During its 150 years of existence, it has achieved a steadfast national and international prestige. The numerous generations of students and professors have succeeded in asserting our University as one of the benchmark institutions for the whole Romanian society, as it is the first existing Romanian institution to ever reach the top 600 universities of the world. Read less