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This programme combines political science, public administration, NGO management, and other related social sciences. The focus on various specialized policies, actors of policymaking, policy processes, and institutional context is what makes public policy unique and essential for understanding the contemporary world. 
Our Master’s programme is based on the best practices of top Master's programmes in Public Policy around the world. We are constantly developing and improving the programme and involve representatives from leading Russian, European and American universities, influential think tanks, and renowned international organizations in the teaching process.
The programme has two study tracks, “Public Policy Analysis” and “Human Rights and Democratic Governance”, and provides students with numerous opportunities for professional development to achieve their career goals.
2 years
Full-time Programme
Instruction in English
Nina Belyaeva and Sanjay K. Rajhans, Academic Supervisor and Senior Lecturer: Master’s programme 'Political Analysis and Public Policy'


International Students Can Apply for Fee-paying Slots at HSE until August

April 1st, 2017 was the deadline for international students claiming state-financed slots on master’s programmes funded by scholarships from the Russian Government. The application period for undergraduate programmes lasts until May 2, and for fee-paying slots in undergraduate and master’s programmes – until mid-August. Some of the prospective students will have the opportunity to get a tuition fee discount.

Students Experience Gateway to Diplomacy

‘I find extracurricular activities and student engagement outside the classroom to be highly valuable to both students and schools. They provide a channel for reinforcing lessons learned in the classroom, offer students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are thus part of a well-rounded education’.

A study voyage to Incredible India for sustainable development and inclusive Policy forum

"Global Youth Leadership Development Program holds a reputation for being a unique program providing a platform for the global youth to have a nuanced understanding of global affairs. The ultimate idea of the program was to self-realize the diverse participants from across the world on the paradigm of leadership, and this from all the response from my colleague participants was successfully achieved." by Benjamin Odame, 2nd year master student of "Political analysis and public policy" programme.

Data interpretation seminar: differencies and similarities in policy change

Period of data collection is over, so participants of study-scientific group "Civic participation and social change" presented their first opinions on data interpretation regarding to selected countries. Main issue of this stage of research is to track similarities between countries based on happened after mass protests policy and institutional changes. With help of collected data and different social, economic and political indicators, participants trying to answer this complicated question.

Culture Café: Ghana

We are happy to tell you more about the second Culture Café that took place on March, 7th and became a very memorable event for its participants! Thank you to all Ghanaian students who contributed to it. That evening was a true feast and all the guests could witness how devotedly the students presented their national traditions and shared lots of details about their unique and diverse culture.

Public lecture of Indian Ambassador Pankaj Saran at HSE

Ambassador of India to Russia Pankaj Saran gave a public lecture at Higher School of Economics on 6th of March.  His speech was dedicated to “ New Trends in National Politics of India”. Students and professors of HSE, including Public Policy department representatives, attended the meeting.

HSE Enters 13 QS Subject Rankings

The Higher School of Economics has made it onto 13 subject and two subject area rankings in the QS World University Ranking thanks to the university’s achievements as part of the Project 5-100. In addition, HSE was in the top 100 ranking for three subjects – Economics & Econometrics, Politics & International Studies, and Sociology – and it was the only Russian school in the Accounting & Finance 101-150 ranking. As for total number of subject rankings, HSE was third in Russia.

HSE Faculty of Social Sciences to Offer Webinar on English-taught Master’s Programmes

On March 14, 2017, at 6:00 pm Moscow time, the HSE Faculty of Social Sciences will hold its first webinar for prospective international Master’s students. During the webinar, academic supervisors and leading lecturers will cover HSE’s English-taught Master’s programmes in political science, sociology and public administration.

When passion and precision is matched with depth and vision for the future

From 14th February 2017 till 17th February 2017, the students of the Public Policy Department and the faculty members had the privilege to host the Academic Director of IUC Torino, Prof Giuseppe Mastruzzo as the guest speaker of the program. His visit to HSE is a part of the Teaching Excellence project where the leading International academic luminaries are invited for a short teaching visit to give lecture both to the students’ community and also to the teachers at large. Previously, Giuseppe Mastruzzo has taught at the universities of Kent and East London in England, Delta State in Nigeria, and at the Italian National School for Public Administration, among other institutions

HSE Announces Olympiad Competitions for English-taught Master’s Programmes

In March 2017, International Olympiad Competitions will be held for prospective students interested in studying in Master’s programmes at HSE University. All current undergraduate students and recent university graduates students interested in pursuing a Master’s degree are invited to participate.

Public Policy everywhere