Master of Arts in Public Policy

Program level: 
Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Program length: 
1 year (12 months)
Type of degree: 
US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 

Program Description

Please note that from September 2020, this program's teaching for incoming and continuing students will take place at our Vienna campus.

Please note that no new students are presently being enrolled into Hungarian-registered version of the program.

The program combines a strong basis in the core subjects of public policy with specialization in selected policy areas. Courses combine analysis and critical thinking with problem-solving. Students work on
both academic research papers and problem-oriented policy briefs, using quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Students may choose an area of concentration during the one-year MAPP program. The Areas of Concentration are:
• Development
• Security
• Governance
• Media and Communication
• Higher Education Policy


The overarching aim of the program is to provide students with a solid grounding in key themes of public policy and policy analysis as well as practical and issue-oriented knowledge which will prepare students for their future roles as policy-makers, advisors, and analysts in governmental and non-governmental organizations. Through the courses included in the core curricula, students will gain a detailed and systematic understanding of how policy-making processes are shaped and influenced by both, actors and political institutions, and how public policies operate and interact from the global political economy through to national and local levels.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • Systematic understanding of theories, concepts and principles of policy studies
  • Systematic understanding of public policy formation at all levels of government 
  • Systematic understanding of national, transnational and international policy processes in a global and European context

Application of knowledge, problem solving abilities:

  • Critically analyze policy issues and develop holistic perspectives on domestic and global governance issues
  • Evaluate public policies and policy instruments using adequate qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Design and participate in the delivery of public policies in various sectors and institutional settings 
  • Provide expert advice to decision makers relying on a solid understanding of institutional and political contexts

Handling complexity and making judgments

  • Better appreciate the need for public integrity and ethical conduct in public service
  • Deepened understanding of representation and public participation in local, national, international and transnational policy making
  • Improve competence in using (statistical) data and formulate judgments with incomplete data and information

Learning skills and communication

  • To undertake further studies in a self-directed and autonomous manner using reliable sources of information
  • Make written and oral presentations on policy ideas, problems and solutions to specialists and non-specialists
  • Work in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • Speak, read and write English at professional and academic level