The Sciences Po School of Public Affairs Programmes

Sciences Po  is an international research university, both selective and open onto the world, was ranked 1st in France within the field of social sciences (Times Higher Education, 2018) and 2nd worldwide for Politics and International Studies (QS ranking, 2021).

Sciences Po’s seven schools welcome graduate students from all over the world. Our graduate programmes provide students with both an in-depth academic background in the social sciences and hands-on experience of the professional field they aim to work in.

Sciences Po has been awarded the "Bienvenue en France" label by Campus France with the highest level of recognition. The label recognises the actions undertaken by the university concerning hospitality and support for international students.

A few words from Yann Algan, Dean of the School of Public Affairs

Yann Algan, doyen de l'École d'affaires publiques @Manuel Braun/Sciences PoThe School of Public Affairs' ambition is to forge a new generation of leaders capable of addressing humanity’s most pressing challenges. Our graduates are committed to finding innovative and concrete solutions that impact the world for the common good. Our programmes are constantly adapting to the evolving public policy paradigm, which is becoming increasingly complex due to new modes of governance, globalisation, and the growing number of actors involved. We prepare students for all professions related to public affairs, including public administration, public and private sector functions, both locally and globally…

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Diplôme conférant grade de master controlé par l'étatTwo-Year Master's Degrees

The School of Public Affairs offers two Master’s degrees covering all areas of public affairs. 11 policy streams are offered within each Master's degree.

Two Master’s degrees, countless paths opportunities

Students get the chance to delve into a variety of specialisms, selecting their courses each semester according to their disciplines of choice and professional objectives.

Did you know, the School of Public Affairs offers two two-year Master’s degrees with an exceptional range of pathways to choose from?

Find out how you can personalise your studies (infogram)

Find out how you can personalise your studies (infogram)

The Master in Public Policy

The Master's degree in Public Policy is internationally renowned. Students are trained to be able to engineer solutions to major contemporary challenges for the common good. Educational innovation is at the heart of this master’s degree, which offers interdisciplinary training in the humanities and social sciences with some of the finest teachers from both the academic and professional worlds.

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The Master in European Affairs

The programme aims to produces young professionals who will take charge of public policy design and implementation in the governance of large cities in the future. Graduates learn to deal with the most challenging issues of urbanisation: water, electricity, mobility infrastructures, health and social services, etc.

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11 policy streams to enhance students’ employability

Students have the choice of 11 different policy streams, allowing them to broaden their skills and knowledge in their chosen field of expertise. This flexibility means that students can progressively tailor their studies to their own career aspirations as these emerge. All 11 policy streams aim to maximise the employability of students entering the job market:

  • Digital, New Technology and Public Policy (in English)
  • Economics and Public Policy (in English)
  • Energy, Environment and Sustainability (in English)
  • Europe in the World (only for the Master in European Affairs, in English)
  • European Regulation (in English) Not available from 2020/2021
  • 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)

Dual Degrees

The School of Public Affairs partners with several internationally renowned universities and prestigious French Grandes écoles to offer 22 dual Master’s degrees. All combine a multidisciplinary approach with a multicultural experience to offer students the best of two programmes.

Dual Master’s in Public Policy

The school offers 12 dual Master’s in Public Policy in conjunction with Columbia University (New York, USA), HEC Paris, London School of Economics (London, United Kingdom), University of Tokyo (Japan), Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), and more.

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Dual Master’s in European Affairs

The school offers nine dual Master’s in European Affairs in conjunction with Fudan University (Shanghai, China), Freie Universität (Berlin, Germany), AgroParisTech (Paris, France), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), and more.

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One-Year Master's Degrees

The School of Public Affairs offers two one-year Master's degrees: these innovative, intensive and interdisciplinary programmes are designed for young and mid-career professionals wishing to accelerate or reorient their careers.

The Master in Public Affairs

The Master in Public Affairs is designed for students wishing to develop their policy-making expertise in the public, private and non-profit sectors and international organisations. Taught entirely in English, the course equips its graduates with advanced skills in management, communication and leadership.

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The Master in Political Arts

This cutting-edge programme combines study of the arts and sciences, theory and practice, and is taught by both academics and industry professionals. The Master in Political Arts is taught in French.

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The Competitive Exam Preparation

This one-year programme prepares candidates for 14 French competitive administrative examinations (Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires Étrangères, etc.) and for the European Personnel Selection Office’s competitive civil service exams (European Parliament, European Council, European Commission, European Court of Justice etc.).

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Where do our alumni work?

The wide variety of specialisations available at the School of Public Affairs means our students go on to work in diverse professions across many different sectors. 61% of our graduates work in the private sector, 23% work internationally. Degrees at the School of Public Affairs open the door to a wealth of career opportunities in all kinds of environments: ministries, regional health agencies, cultural institutions, consulting firms specialising in social innovation, local environmental agencies, consulting firms in digital transformation, NGOs, international organisations, start-ups, and more.

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Job opportunities by sector

  • 27% Public administration
  • 20% Audit - Consulting
  • 10% Culture
  • 9% Press - Media - Publishing - Communication-Tech- Data
  • 6% Bank - Finance
  • 5% Education - Research- Think tank
  • 7% NGOs - non-profit sector
  • 6% Industries - Energy- Transportation

Job opportunities by profession

Public sector consultant - Digital transformation - Innovation - Energy - Parliamentary attaché - Institutional relations officer - Hospital director - French and European public administration official - Public law and regulation advisor - Consultants to firms - Managers of cultural institution - Central administration director

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