M.A. Master in Political Analysis and Public Policy

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR2987 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English
National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) | Moscow, Russia
Programme is based on the best experience of Master's Programs in Public Policy around the world. We are constantly developing and improving the program and involve in the teaching process representatives from the leading Russian, European and American universities, most influential think tanks and renowned international organizations. Programme have two concentrations: Political Analysis and Public Policy, and Human Rights and Democratic Governance. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses for both concentrations.
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Description of Master in Political Analysis and Public Policy

The program was developed on the basis of American model of teaching Public Policy Analysis - namely of Public Policy Institute of the Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University, where the head of this program was teaching in 1993-1995/ Since 2006 the Program accepts foreign students and provide courses in English as HSE contribution to the BOLOGNA PROCESS/ Particularly successful cooperation with Witten - Herdcke University, Department of Economics and Management / (Germany).

Our graduates are qualified and well prepared for a wide range of careers:

  • In the government (Russian, International policy analysis)
  • Nonprofit organizations and movements, political parties
  • Analytical centers, think-tanks
  • Private sector (strategic planning, personnel management)
Concentration in Human Rights and Democratic Governance

The opening of the "Human Rights and Democratic Governance" program was initiated by the UN Department Program and supported by Public Policy Department of SU-HSE. A working group composed of representatives of five major Russian universities (HSE, Moscow State University, MGIMO, Russian State University of Humanities, and Russian University of Peoples' Friendship) was created to develop and promote the program. The program was the first of its kind in Russia and is analogous to the European Master's in Human Rights, taught at the consortium of 41 European universities.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline July 15, 2015. Applications are processed on a rolling basis and we encourage applicants to apply before the deadline.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 2987 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 2987 Year (EEA)

240000 RUB

Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master's in Public Policy is a two-year innovative program developing 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. The program provides each student with a strong multi-disciplinary foundation of skills and knowledge and an opportunity to apply them to contemporary public policy process.

Our graduates are qualified and well prepared for a wide range of careers:

  • In the government (Russian, International policy analysis)
  • Nonprofit organizations and movements, political parties
  • Analytical centers, think-tanks
  • Private sector (strategic planning, personnel management)

The program has been supported by a number of prominent human rights activists and NGO representatives both at regional and national levels. Besides being the first ever course on human rights in Russia, this program is innovative in many other ways:

  • inter-university video connection-based courses will become part of the curriculum
  • students will be able to have internships at partner NGOs or governmental organizations that deal with human rights, e.g. Ombudsmen's offices at local and regional levels
  • one of the main aims of the specialization is to deepen theoretical knowledge in the sphere of human rights and combine it with research work and practical activities

HSE Master Program in Political Analysis and Public Policy with concentration in Human Rights will provide students with deep theoretical knowledge, strong analytical skills and practical experience in human rights research, monitoring, advocacy and litigation. Human rights experts will be able to work in state institutions of human rights protection, regional and local administrations, social welfare offices, non-profit organizations, including human rights NGOs, international human rights organizations and international treaty bodies.

English Language Requirements

Requirements for Master in Political Analysis and Public Policy

Application portfolio includes:

1. Completed application form
2. Resume/CV
Please submit a standard CV, including, at a minimum, your educational achievements, work and research experience, publications (if any), and language knowledge.

3. Letter of motivation (300-500 words)
This letter should describe your reasons for applying to this programme, in the context of your long-term career goals and background.

4. Scans of diplomas and academic transcripts
If you have not yet received your Bachelor’s diploma, please include an official copy of your most recent academic transcript. Official certificates or diplomas (if applicable) proving the applicant's achievements in the sphere of policy analysis, human rights. Certificates of grants or awards (if applicable),

5. Two letters of recommendation (at least one from someone familiar with your academic work)
Please provide your recommenders with HSE’s letter of recommendation guidelines.

6. Scan of English proficiency exam results (IELTS or TOEFL)
Native speakers of English and students who have completed an entire degree exclusively in English do not need to submit proof of their English ability. All other applicants should submit test results no more than two years old. IELTS, minimum score of 6.0, or TOEFL, minimum score of 4.0.

7. Additional documents.
Those may include copies of publications and major research projects (if applicable), certified copy of the employment record book (if applicable)

Work Experience for Master in Political Analysis and Public Policy

No work experience is required.

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