Scholarships for MA of Public Administration at CEU School of Public Policy

Deadline: 4 February 2016
Open to: holders of an undergraduate degree
Scholarship: EUR 6,000 – 43,000


The School of Public Policy (SPP) at Central European University (CEU) offers a two-year (MPA) degree  program that seeks to train future decision-makers and policy experts. CEU is an English-language   graduate school in Budapest, Hungary that is accredited in the United States and Hungary. SPP’s two-year master’s program in public policy integrates three components: Knowledge, Skills, and Practice.

Knowledge: Academic Courses

MPA students take required core courses in a selected number of key areas including governance, economic analysis, law, ethics, and research and analytical methods. They also have the opportunity to take electives from among a wide range of topics, and to select one of four concentrations: Development, Global Media and Communication, Governance, Security. Students may also choose a specialization in Religious Studies

Skills: Skills For Impact Modules

Throughout the two-year program, MPA students participate in a series of Skills For Impact modules where they learn the essential skills they will need to succeed in a dynamic global environment. Some of the topics of the skills modules include: Advocacy, Communication, Crisis and Risk Management, Negotiation, Personal Leadership, Policy Writing, Project Management, Strategic Leadership.

Practice: Passion Project and Internship

One of the unique features of the MPA program is the Passion Project — an opportunity for students to apply their theoretical knowledge and skills while gaining hands-on experience. Passion Projects are student-led, policy-oriented capstone projects. Teams of students work together throughout the program for clients around the world to address challenges, identify opportunities, and/or conduct research on a pressing social question. Students complete a required summer internship between the first and second years of the MPA program. Internships last a minimum of six weeks and provide students with substantive policy-related experience. Students can perform their internships with any organization in the world.


The scholarships are open to holders of an undergraduate degree.


All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based 50-100% tuition waivers and for CEU Master’s and Master’s Excellence scholarships that cover tuition, health insurance, housing, and a living stipend. In addition, there are many degree-specific scholarships available for students from particular regions including the South Balkans, Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 4 February 2016.  To be considered for the two-year MPA program, students must meet the CEU Admission Requirements and  certain School program-specific requirements. Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Completed Online Application Form;
  • Proof of English proficiency;
  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalen;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Response to one short essay.

Although previous work experience is not required, the Admissions Committee will look favorably on applicants who have professional and/or volunteer experience(s), either full-time or part-time. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to highlight any multicultural experiences in their applications. Following an evaluation of the application documents, the Admissions Committee will select applicants who will be invited for a phone or skype interview with SPP faculty and/or staff. Interviews are usually conducted in February and March.

For more information please visit the official website.

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