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

Deadline: 4 February 2016
Open to: students with a 4-year undergraduate degree
Scholarship: EUR 12, 000 –  EUR 15, 000


The School of Public Policy at Central European University offers a one-year Master of Arts in Public Policy (one-year MAPP) degree program that seeks to train future decision-makers and policy experts. The curriculum connects critical thinking with problem-solving dynamics and policy practice. The program is based on a strong conviction that well-targeted research, reasoned debate, and informed public decision-making need to be advanced to address contemporary policy problems, and that these needs can usefully draw on globally transformed policy experience.

Besides completing the course requirements, students are engaged in practical research and gain professional experience, notably through the program’s policy practice component. Students either do an internship with an international organization, government department, NGO, or similarly relevant body.

Alternatively, students work in small teams of three to four to produce a piece of original research for an external client engaged in public policy advocacy, implementation, and development. To earn a Master of Arts in Public Policy, students complete 40 credit hours (34 course credits of mandatory and elective courses + 6 dissertation credits). At the end of the teaching terms one-year MAPP students write a master thesis under the guidance of a faculty member.


Applicants must have a first degree from a recognized university or institution of higher education, or provide documentation indicating that they will earn such a first degree before enrollment in a CEU master’s program.

For its one-year U.S.-accredited master’s programs, CEU normally accepts students who have completed four years of undergraduate university study. Applicants with a three-year bachelor’s degree will be considered for two-year master’s programs (both for those accredited in the U.S. and in Hungary).

Admission into the U.S.-accredited one-year programs with a three-year bachelor’s degree may be possible pending the University Provost’s approval in particular cases, based on the recommendation of the academic unit in question.


All applicants are automatically considered for scholarships, ranging from partial and full tuition waivers to fellowships that cover tuition, housing and a living stipend. CEU awards a variety of scholarships on a merit basis for which students from any country are eligible. The University offers the following Master’s Scholarships and Awards:

CEU Master’s Excellence Scholarships include full tuition and health insurance as well as stipends of up to EUR 3,200 per year. Single or shared housing in CEU’s Residence Center is offered to most candidates.

CEU Master’s Scholarships include full tuition and health insurance as well as stipends of up to EUR 1,600 per year. Single or shared housing in CEU’s Residence Center is offered to most candidates. More information on Financial Aid and Scholarships find HERE.

How to apply?

Applying to the one-year MA in Public Policy (MAPP) program requires fulfilling the CEU Admission Requirements. In addition, one-year MAPP applicants must submit:

  • A sample of written work (max. 10 pages). This can be any kind of academic piece of work written in English language, e.g. a chapter of your B.A. thesis, an essay, or other work, demonstrating your analytical and argumentation skills in English. The sample does not have to be connected to public policy subjects;
  • A 500-word statement of purpose that highlights relevant experience and explains reasons for applying to the program. Please also mention and justify your preferred specialization if applicable.

For more information or questions related to admissions, please send an email to You can find official online application for CEU 2016 HERE. Deadline for applying is 4 February 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

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