Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are the core classes taught in English and in French?
This depends on your choice of policy stream. Some policy streams are taught in English only. More information about the various policy stream options offered at the School of Public Affairs.
Where can I find the curriculum for each policy stream?
The curriculum for each policy stream can be found on the policy stream pages. Click on the policy stream of your choice to review the curriculum for each semester:
Where and when will I be able to find the course calendar?
Timetables for classes are generally available during the week of course registration.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the pedagogical content of a policy stream?
The academic coordinators of each policy stream are available to help answer questions related to the pedagogical content of a course. Please, consult their contact information.
How many students are in an average class?
Whenever possible and depending on the type of class, a course has on average 18 to 22 students. Some courses take place in an amphitheater and as such have a higher number of students.
How many students are enrolled in the MPP?
An average of 650 students are admitted every year in the MPP program.
What is a policy project?
Policy projects place students in a professional context in connection with a public, private or civil society institution. Students work is small groups and their policy project can take the form of a case study.
When can I do a gap year?
Several options are offered:
- students can take a gap year between the 1st and 2nd semester,
- between the 2nd semester and the 3rd semester (between M1 and M2)
- or between the 3rd semester and the 4th semester.
A one-year gap year cannot replace a student's academic obligations. To apply for a gap year, students should contact the academic coordinator of their policy stream and provide a personal statement letter.
Is it possible to attend classes during a gap year?
No it is not possible to attend classes during a gap year. Students do have the option of doing a semester of academic exchange with another university during their gap year.
What are the tuition fees during a gap year?
During a gap year, students have to pay 25% of their regular tuition fees. If students are doing an exchange program, they will have to pay the totality of their regular tuitions fees.
How do I apply?
To apply to the Master in Public Policy program and learn more about the minimum requirements for admission, please visit the Admissions website:
The minimum requirements and the conditions of admissibility are detailed online.
Are the GMAT or the GRE required to apply to this master?
No, the GMAT and the GRE are not required for the Master in Public Policy program. However, the dual degree with Columbia (SIPA) does require the GMAT/GRE.
Is a professional experience required in order to apply to this master?
Professional experience is not required. However, it is highly recommended to have some previous professional experience..
Should the cover letter be written in English or in French?
The cover letter should be submitted via the online application process. If choosing a policy stream taught in English, it is advised that the applicant submit a cover letter in English.
What is the required English level for international graduate admissions?
A C1 level in English is required in order to apply to this program via the international admissions procedure. Please read the language requirements for international admissions.
What is the required level of English in order to take classes taught in English?
To take courses taught in English, a C1 level in the course language is recommended.
Tuition Fees and Scholarships
What are the tuition fees for this master?
Tuition fees depend on the parents' tax residence rather than on student's nationality. In order to facilitate the payment of tuition fees, Sciences Po offers payment options. More information concerning the tuition fees for this Master program.
Are scholarships available to students of this Master? Where can I find information on available scholarships?
A number of scholarships and financial aid options are available to Sciences Po students.
International academic exchanges
When can I go?
Students can take part in a semester of exchange during their 4th semester or during their gap year.
Where should I send my application?
Applications should be sent to the Sciences Po International Affairs Division. For more information on the minimum requirements, the required documents and the list of partner universities.
Do I need the authorization from the school?
Yes, before sending your application, you need to obtain the authorization from the Academic Advisor of your policy stream.
What are the tuition fees for such programs?
During an academic exchange, students pay the tuition fees that are applicable at Sciences Po. However, it is important to consider additional costs such as insurance, accommodation, and visa costs.
The Master in Public Policy prepares me for what kind of careers?
Vous pouvez consulter les débouchés possibles sur la page de présentation de chaque spécialité.
The MPP prepares students to take on positions in the public and private sectors, at local and global levels. Find more about career opportunities open to graduates of each policy stream by reviewing each policy stream description.
After graduation, does the school help me search for a first professional experience?
Sciences Po has a policy of actively assisting students in their professional orientation. Upon admission and for up to two years after graduation, the Career Services help students and recent graduates to choose a career path, build a career plan, prepare applications and meet employers.