Political Analysis and Public Policy, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The Political Analysis and Public Policy Programme which is offered by National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) is based on the best experience of Master's Programmes in Public Policy around the world. We are constantly developing and improving the programme and involve representatives from the leading Russian, European and American universities.


This Political Analysis and Public Policy programme which is offered by National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) combines political science, public administration, NGO management, and other related social sciences. The focus on various specialized policies, actors of policymaking, policy processes, and institutional context is what makes public policy unique and essential for understanding the contemporary world. The programme has two study tracks, “Public Policy Analysis” and “Human Rights and Democratic Governance”, and provides students with numerous opportunities for professional development to achieve their career goals.

Program overview

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 provides courses in English as HSE contribution to the Bologna Process. We are constantly developing and improving the program and involve representatives from the leading Russian, European and American universities, most influential think tanks and renowned international organizations into the teaching process.

The Program has two concentrations: Public Policy Analysis, and Human Rights and Democratic Governance. Concentration in Public Policy Analysis is the outcome of the search for the ultimate professional education program and combines theoretical and practical training with the cutting-edge international and Russian experience in the field. The concentration in Human Rights and Democratic Governance was created on the basis of the UN Program. The program was the first of its kind in Russia and is analogous to the European Master's in Human Rights.

The Master's in Public Policy is a two-year innovative practice-oriented 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 goal is to educate professional analysts and managers capable to deal with complex public policy issues of the modern world. 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.

Career opportunities

Our graduates build analytical and managerial careers in:

National, regional and global think tanks: Centre for Political Technologies, Foundation for the Development of Information Policy, Interlegal Foundation, ZIRCON Research Group, Levada Centre, Public Opinion Foundation - FOM, Russian Public Opinion Research Center – WCIOM, Russian Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center), Medialogia, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Gorbachev Foundation, Carnegie Foundation.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Foundations of Public Policy
  • Conflict Management 
  • Modern Political Science  
  • Theory and Methodology of Political Research 
  • Human Rights in Globalizing World
For more information, please visit the programme's website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Besides, all applicants have to submit the documents required by the Admission Department of HSE (please check the requirements here: Russian, English). Some of those documents will be used for the

Portfolio evaluation: undergraduate and graduate education diplomas and transcripts. In addition the applicants will be interviewed (face-to-face or Skype depending on the type of the admission procedure) if their portfolios meet the minimum requirement – 20 points.

Other documents:

  • Applicant’s Motivation
  • Motivation Letter
  • Interview
  • Diplomas and certificates of a winner, a laureate, or a participant of scientific or research competitions or student Olympiads.
  • Recommendation Letter

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 4157 International
  • EUR 4157 EU/EEA
  • 290.000 RUB / year


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