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Central European University (CEU)Department of Public Policy

Quellenstrasse 51
1100 Wien
+43 1 252 30-3110
U 46
Universities, Universities of Applied Science, Education (teaching)

Wiener Stadthalle


  • Topic International
  • Topic BeSt Studium
Central European University is an undergraduate- and graduate-level “crossroads” university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems. 

CEU is accredited in the United States, Austria, and Hungary, and offers English-language bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the social sciences, the humanities, law, management and public policy. Located in the heart of Central Europe -- in Vienna and Budapest -- CEU has a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region's historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation. 

Founded in 1991 at a time when revolutionary changes were throwing off the rigid orthodoxies imposed on Central and Eastern Europe, CEU is based on the premise that human fallibility can be counterbalanced by the critical discussion of ideas and that this critical spirit can be sustained best in societies where citizens have the freedom to scrutinize competing theories and openly evaluate and change government policies.

CEU is one of the most densely international universities in the world. Its rare mix of nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures creates an ideal environment for examining such “open society” subjects as emerging democracies, transitional economies, media freedom, nationalism, human rights, and the rule of law. It also brings multifaceted perspectives to all aspects of community life. 

CEU is known for excellence in teaching and research—with purpose. At the core of its mission lies a set of principles: the pursuit of truth wherever it leads, respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples, and commitment to resolve differences through debate not denial.

Schwerpunkte des Beratungsangebots

Why study Public Policy at CEU?

  • Education 
  • Higher Education
  • Master Programs/Degrees
  • PhD, Dcotorate Programs/Degrees
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration 
  • International Public Affairs

Schwerpunkte des Bildungsangebots

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

2 YEARS / Bridging classroom and experiential learning, this program provides you with applied education in policy management, leadership and advocacy. The Skills for Impact program will equip you with real-life skills in conflict resolution, fundraising, media advocacy and law. You will also learn how to work in a team for an external client during the yearlong Applied Policy Project.

Master of Arts in Public Policy (MAPP)

1 YEAR / This intensive program gives you a solid grounding in the key themes and theories of public policy, with a strong focus on the link between policy practice and analysis. Our curriculum, infused with real-world issues, guarantees that you will enhance your research, systematic and critical analytical skills. You will apply your knowledge on the ground during the Policy Lab or an internship.

Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP)

2 YEARS / The Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy (Mundus MAPP) provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes, and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance. You can tailor your studies to your career goals thanks to our flexible system of tracks and electives. This EU-supported international public policy program offers a mix of analytical and practical components, such as internships and study visits, and includes a second year at one of two partner institutions.

Master of Arts in International Public Affairs (MAIPA)

2 YEARS / The Master of Arts in International Public Affairs (MAIPA) is an interdisciplinary degree with an international profile intended for students who aspire to work in international organizations, NGOs, public administration, or related fields such as journalism and academia. International Public Affairs captures two dimensions of study: on the one hand, the international, which includes governance on the regional, global and transnational levels; and on the other hand, the public, which includes interaction among the government, private and the voluntary sector.

PhD in Political Science, Public Policy Track

Modern policy making, devoted to the principles of good governance, transparency, accountability and effectiveness, needs to be based on sound academic analysis. The PhD in Political Science, Public Policy track is designed for scholars interested in conducting research on the cause, function, nature and outcome of public policy. The Public Policy track prepares graduate students for careers in academic and applied research institutions, as well as the public, private and voluntary sector more generally. The core courses in the track focus on the development of professional research and analytical skills in the fields of European and international public policy, comparative policy analysis and political economy.


Master's Programs:

Holders of a bachelor's degree interested to further their career in public policy, public administration, or international public affairs. 

SPP alumni have gone on to work for e.g. the European Commission, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, Transparency International, Global Policy Forum, and for many leading intergovernmental organizations, private sector firms, purposeful non-profit and advocacy organizations, national agencies, governments and top universities.

PhD in Political Science, Public Policy Track:

The Public Policy track prepares graduate students for careers in both academic and applied research institutions. Core courses focus on the development of professional level research and analytical skills in the fields of European and international public policy, comparative policy analysis and political economy.

Who should apply?

The department welcomes applications in fields that reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of public policy and the department’s mission to bridge policy and practice. These are, in particular,

  • European Union politics and policy, regional integration
  • Governance (local, national, European Union, global)
  • Public management and administration
  • Policy reform analysis
  • Development and trade
  • Role of civil society in public policy
  • Minorities
  • Public services and utilities (particularly media and communications, energy and higher education)
  • Economic and labor market policy
  • Political parties and public policies

Dauer der Ausbildung/Weiterbildung

1 year Master's programs

2 year Master's programs

3-6 years Ph.D. program