Keystone logo
Central European University - Department of Public Policy Master of Public Administration
Central European University - Department of Public Policy

Master of Public Administration

143, Austria

2 Years


Full time

Request application deadline

Oct 2024

Request tuition fees



The Department of Public Policy (DPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a two-year Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program that develops graduates with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically engage with policy processes and debates, the methods and training to promote and advocate for evidenced-based policy, and a practitioner's perspective that enables them to move from "contemplation to application." This integrated and experiential approach to teaching and learning positions DPP MPA graduates to make a difference in the world of public policy in a period of rapid change, increased complexity, and heightened contestation.

Program Requirements

In order to receive the MPA degree, students are required to complete 60 CEU credits structured as follows:

  • 16 credits for mandatory* courses (offered in the Fall and Winter terms of the first year)
  • 28 credits for elective courses** (students may take courses offered by other programs, departments and schools up to a total of 4 credits per academic year)
  • 10 credits for Skills for Impact (SFI) modules (includes the mandatory 1-credit SFI module offered during Zero Week)
  • 6 credits for the Applied Policy Project (this is for the project work to be performed from Fall term Year 2 to Spring term Year 2)

* All requests for core course substitution will be considered on an individual basis by the program director. Students requesting a course substitution for the mandatory economics course will need to demonstrate sufficient prior training in the subject (for example, taken graduate-level courses in economics or have majored in economics from a similar program). On approval from the program director, the student will be required to complete four credits of advanced mandatory coursework in economics, to graduate from the program.

** Substitution of elective courses with SFIs is not allowed, as SFIs are mandatory elective practice components while elective courses are academic components of the program.

***Please note that language courses and computer courses are not part of the program curriculum and hence related credits will not count towards your degree.

To fulfill the practice and professional development requirements of the MPA program, students complete the Skills For Impact modules and an Applied Policy Project. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that students undertake an internship during the summer between the first and second years of study.

CEU offers a range of advanced certificates you may be interested in. If you decide to opt for one, you need to seek first your program director's approval, and it is your responsibility to ensure that the advanced certificate requirements are compatible with the your MPA program course requirements (including required courses, limits on electives etc.) and theses/capstone and that you can manage the additional workload. In case of inconsistencies or conflicts between the advanced certificate and the MPA program requirements and demands, the latter prevail. In other words, no adjustment to the MPA degree program requirements can be made to enable you to complete such a certificate.



Program Outcome

About the School