M.A. Master in Political Analysis and Public Policy

National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE)

Application deadline: July 15, 2015. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and we encourage applicants to apply before the deadline.
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,160 / Year (EEA)
  • € 3,160 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Students in this programme acquire the skills required to articulate issues of public concern, analyze alternative policies, facilitate the adoption and implementation of specific public choices, and evaluate their effects. Graduates work in government, nonprofit organizations, political parties, think tanks, and research centers, as well as the private sector.

Students choose one of two learning concentrations: Political Analysis and Public Policy or Human Rights and Democratic Governance. The programme is led by an exceptional team of professors, who not only possess outstanding academic records, but also have strong experience working at prominent Russian think tanks and expert-oriented public policy centers. This enables students in the programme to learn and acquire skills not only through academic instruction and research, but also from practical insights in public policy analysis, planning, evaluation and implementation, as well as advocacy work.

The programme works with a large number of Russian and international think tanks and non-government organizations. Experts from these institutions give guest lectures and are approachable to students, providing a starting professional network for students that could be invaluable in the early stages of their careers.

Part-time study:Most lectures and other academic activities begin later in the day (usually in the evening), so it is possible to combine study with a part-time job, especially during the second year of study.


Sample courses:Anti-Corruption Policy in Public Service, Think Tanks as Policy Actors, Concepts of Human Rights in Non-Western Societies, Corporate Citizenship, Lobbying and Advocacy Work


Admission to the program is portfolio-based, rather than exams-based. The main documents that should be presented by the applicant include:

  • motivation letter,
  • CV,
  • official certificates or diplomas (if applicable) proving the applicant's achievements in the sphere of policy analysis, human rights, etc.,
  • letters of recommendation (if applicable) from think-tanks, NGO leaders, governmental bodies, research tutors,
  • certificates of grants or awards (if applicable),
  • copies of publications and major research projects (if applicable),
  • certified copy of the employment record book (if applicable).

Besides that, applicants should provide language proficiency certificates in English (IELTS, minimum score of 6.0, or TOEFL, minimum score of 4.0) or French (DELF/DALF or TCF/TEF, minimum level of B2). If the test results are not available, applicants must take a pass/fail exam in English between June 1st and July 25th.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6


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