Master of Public Administration in Executive Public Administration

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Degree awarded: 
Country of accreditation: 
United States
Program accreditation/registration: 
Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
Program subject to accreditation by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Program length: 
2-4 years
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US degree credits: 
Austrian degree ECTS credits: 
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Program Description

The Master of Public Administration in Executive Public Administration (EMPA) program aims to develop the ability to tackle critical problems and successfully implement change. Based in the heart of Europe, CEU’s EMPA is uniquely designed to bring together professionals from the public, private, and voluntary sectors to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and skills. The EMPA will help upgrade the skills needed to tackle the challenges faced by policy makers today: from coalition building in divided societies, to knowledge management in the digital age, to the state-of-the-art analytical tools in the use of data, statistics, and AI in policy making, managing crises, persuasive, gender-balanced and inclusive policy making, understanding organizational cultures and psychology, and more. With flexible options for mid-career professionals, and dual US & Austrian accreditation, the EMPA is a unique offering for those aiming to be change makers in their field.

Learning Outcomes

The EMPA program equips future change-makers with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically and constructively tackle contemporary problems through policy processes at the sub-national, national, and global levels. Learning in the EMPA is problem-focused, centering on relating the latest theory to practice, providing experiential learning, and upgrading critical skills (team dynamics, communications, conflict management), using an inter-disciplinary and integrated practice-based approach, which builds upon the candidate’s own experience. The EMPA incorporates a project-based learning component via an applied project designed to simulate the type of assignments candidates face in their professional lives.

The principal learning goals of the EMPA program are for candidates to:

  • Develop advanced professional management and leadership capacities to effect positive change in public and non-profit organisations.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of the complexities of public administration and how issues become "problematized" and politicized in divergent local, national and global settings.
  • Develop a suite of hard and soft skills and practical skills such as advanced working with data and statistics, leadership, negotiation, legal skills, advocacy skills, team management and communication.

The specialization modules will enable candidates to identify and define policy problems related to a given specialization, and to deepen their understanding of the specific areas covered by the specialization.