Choosing a career path

Sciences Po's graduate programmes prepare students for a wide range of professions in the public and private sectors. Graduates of these programmes possess a strong academic background and in-depth knowledge of how the professional world really works. Their skills are highly appreciated by recruiters.

Graduate studies

Sciences Po's Master's degree programmes stand out for uniting academic and professional focuses. Programmes last four semesters: three semesters at Sciences Po in Paris and one semester away, to complete an internship or pursue studies in France or abroad within our partner network. These programmes lead to a Master's degree, opening doors to a large number of career specialisations. You will find below a brief guide for choosing your programme.

Master's programmes at Sciences Po

Press, Media & Publishing

Career opportunities: Graduates work in all information outlets, particularly digital: television, radio, press agencies, newspapers, websites.

Marketing & Communication

Career opportunities: Graduates work for any organisation looking to raise awareness about its activity, mission or products. This can be in a diversity of fields including fashion, industry, media outlets, associations, multinational corporations, public institutions or consulting firms working in the fields of communications, marketing and advertising. Graduates may also choose to start their own business.

Human Resources & Employee Relations

Career opportunities:  Graduates work for public or private organisations in fields such as HR development (recruitment, university relations, education, career management, etc.), HR studies, HR communication or employee relations. They may also work for recruitment firms, human resources consulting organisations or in corporate management positions.

Economics & Legal Careers

Career opportunities: Graduates work as attorneys or business solicitors, as well as in the legal departments of major companies. They may also work as legal experts in European or international institutions, both governmental and non-governmental.

Careers in Urban Affairs

Career opportunities: Graduates work for consulting firms, architectural firms and design offices, as well as for local governments or international organisations, development or urban planning agencies, and in the fields of property development, social housing and real estate.

Strategy/Development, Audit/Consulting, Finance

Career opportunities: Graduates work for consulting and audit firms, in the banking or financial sector, as well as in corporate management, strategy and business development positions. They may also work for financial regulation bodies.

Public Administration & Politics

Career opportunities: Graduates work for EU institutions, national and local government administrations in France and in the field of politics, as well as for major companies doing business with public bodies or focusing on European issues.

International Cooperation & Development

Career opportunities: Graduates work for world governance organisations, non-governmental organisations and worldwide associations including OECD, UN, IMF, WTO, World Bank, etc.

Research & Think Tanks

Career opportunities: Graduates work in teaching, as well as for research institutions and think tanks.


Career opportunities: Graduates work for start-ups as company heads, as well as in public or private organisations on entrepreneurship development missions.


The doctoral degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career not only in teaching or research, but also in international organisations, advisory services, and businesses. The Sciences Po Doctoral School offers five PhD programmes: law, economics, history, political science, and sociology.

Five PhD programmes

The Doctoral School accompanies students preparing a doctoral thesis in law, economics, history, political science, or sociology. The programme is structured around these topics to guide students as they become true experts in their discipline and specific field of research.

The Doctoral School offers a world-class education along with tailored professional integration services. PhD candidates work with internationally renowned thesis supervisors and enjoy personalised support in research centres.

While the majority of PhDs pursue careers in academia, the research work and methodology they have undertaken makes them highly valuable to public administrations, businesses, international organisations, and think-tanks.

International mobility and dual degrees

PhD candidates may participate in conferences and research stays abroad. Partner institutions of higher education also offer a number of opportunities: for example, the doctoral fellowships programme with eight leading North American universities, or the doctoral mobility programme with the London School of Economics, Columbia University, and the National University of Singapore.

In addition, Sciences Po has created three dual PhD degrees: in political sciences with Columbia University, in sociology with Northwestern University, and in political science and sociology with the Max Planck Research School and the University of Cologne.


61% of Sciences Po PhDs pursue teaching and research positions: 32% as university professors, 22% in research, and 7% in secondary education and university preparatory classes. 39% work in other sectors: consulting, international organisations, businesses, etc.

Sciences Po has partnered with internationally renowned universities to offer dual-degree programmes at the Master's and PhD levels. A multidisciplinary approach, dual expertise, fluency in different languages, multicultural experience: graduates of these programmes boast profiles that are highly appreciated by recruiters in a wide variety of sectors. 

Nearly all dual-degree programmes are taught in English. Students enrolled in these programmes can take advantage of their experience at Sciences Po to learn French and become multilingual professionals. 

In North America

> Columbia University (New York, USA)/Sciences Po:

> Georgetown Law School (Washington, USA)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Law & International Affairs (programme in English)

> Northwestern University (Evanston, USA)/Sciences Po: Dual PhD degree in Sociology

> University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia, USA)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Law & International Finance (programme in English) 

In Latin America

> Fundação Getulio Vargas, Escola de Administração de Empresas (São Paolo, Brazil)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in International Relations, Management and International Trade (programme in English)

In Asia

> Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Public Policy

> Fudan University (Shanghai, China)/Sciences Po: 

> Keio University (Tokyo, Japan)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Economics and Public Policy (programme in English)

> Peking University (Beijing, China)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in International Relations (programme in English) 

In Europe 

> Freie Universität Berlin (Berlin, Germany)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in European Affairs or International Affairs (fr) (programme in English)

> Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, Germany)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Public Policy

> International Max Planck Research School/Sciences Po: Dual PhD degree

> London School of Economics (London, United Kingdom)/Sciences Po: 

> Moscow State University of International Relations (Moscow, Russia)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in International affairs, Finance & Strategy (programme in English)

> Università Bocconi (Milan, Italy)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Management and International Public Affairs (programme in English) (fr)

> Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne (Paris, France)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Economics and Quantitative Methods

> Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy

> University of Saint Gallen (Saint Gallen, Switzerland)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in International Affairs, European Affairs, Public Administration, Finance and Strategy (programme in English)

>  Stockholm School of Economics (Stockholm, Sweden)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in International Affairs & Economics, International Affairs & Finance, International Affairs & Business/Management (programme in English)

> École du Louvre (Paris, France)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in History, Art History and Cultural Management (fr)

> École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE) / École Polytechnique (Paris, France)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Economics and Public Policy

> HEC (France)/Sciences Po: Dual Master's degree in Corporate and Public Management (fr)

  • 39% of Sciences Po graduates are recruited prior to graduation
  • 80% find a job within six months following graduation
  • 39% of alumni start their career outside France


Sciences Po Graduates in the Job Market

Sciences Po Graduates in the Job Market

A large portion of Sciences Po graduates (39%) begin their career outside of France. Of these graduates, 44% choose a European country, 20% Asia or Oceania, 13% Africa, 13% North America and 10% Latin America.

What they learned at Sciences Po

Open-mindedness, a multicultural experience, an intellectual adventure, collective undertakings and self-realisation: at the graduation ceremony, Master's graduates from the class of 2014 look back on their years at Sciences Po before setting out in the professional world. Watch the video (English subtitles available)


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Fees & financial aid

Sciences Po is committed to offering affordable university education to all eligible students through a unique tuition fee and financial aid policy. 

International student at Sciences Po

International admissions procedures

The international admissions procedures allow Sciences Po to recruit students from all over the world.

A student at Sciences Po

Graduate Employment Survey

More international and higher salaries: these are the main findings of the 2014 survey of young Sciences Po' graduates' professional lives.