Master in Public Policy

Program objectives 

The Master in Public Policy, an international reference in the field, is a two-year degree designed to prepare future professionals in all dimensions of public affairs for a great diversity of careers worldwide.

The objective of the program is to help responsible actors to think critically about complex policy issues, to make decisions and to transform their ideas into action. The program aims to educate a new generation of leaders who want to address the world's most pressing challenges and find innovative solutions to serve the common good.

Students are equipped with a transdisciplinary program in human and social sciences and choose a specialization among eleven policy streams. Courses are taught by the best academics and practitioners from around Europe and the world, guaranteeing a variety of critical and cultural perspective as well as innovative pedagogical approaches. 

The Master in Public Policy offers a wide choice of dual degrees programs. Students benefit also from the international environment of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) chaired by the school.

Students can also enroll in the preparation for public administration exams during their Master's program. 

Structure of the Curriculum

To equip our students with a multidimensional and panoramic vision of public affairs, the curriculum is built around a thorough core curriculum in public economics, public policy, law and regulation, management, ethics and digital.

The School also offers a broad range of policy streams in public affairs, taught in French or in English, completed by elective courses that examine current policy debates with insight from academics and practitioners, and opportunities offered by the Policy Lab (case studies, simulations, Civic Tech) to bridge the gap between theory and practice, decision and action.

During the fourth semester, students choose between undertaking an internship, studying at a partner university, writing a master thesis or doing an individual project, depending on their professional project.

Policy streams

For upcoming applicants to the Master's degree: the Policy Stream curricula available on the website correspond to the first and second semesters for first year Master's students in the 2018 - 2019 cohort. The curricula for the third and fourth semesters on the website correspond to the academic program for second year Master's students in the 2017-2019 cohort. The possible differences in the academic requirements and courses offered are the result of modifications in the academic curriculum that took place over the last two years. 

  • Digital, New Technology and Public Policy (in English)
  • Economics and Public Policy (in English)
  • Energy, Environment and Sustainability (in English)
  • European Regulation (in English)
  • Management and Public Affairs (in English)
  • Politics and Public Policy (in English)
  • Social Policy and Social Innovation (in English)
  • Cultural policy and management (in English or in French)
  • Global Health (in French or in English)
  • Security and Defense (in French)
  • Public Administration (in French)

Language requirements

In order to register in French policy streams, a French language test is required. For policy streams taught in English, an English language test is mandatory. For more information about languages levels, please consult the Sciences Po admissions website.

Master Schedule (2 years)

Master schedule (2 years)

Master schedule (2 years) - accessible version

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