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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'


Admissions Made Easy for International Students: 2018/2019 Academic Year

On November 15, international student admissions for undergraduate and Master’s programmes opened. This year, prospective students can apply to two programmes simultaneously. They’ll be able to track the application process online in their personal profile on the HSE website where they will receive notifications on the stages of their application’s review and decisions by the admissions committee. The documents for visa invitation can also be submitted there.

Deconstructing the Constant Reshaping of the Russian Identity and Memory Policy

From 23rd to 29th of October 2017, Department of Public Policy, Higher School of Economics had a weeklong educational retreat in the form of the Winter school dedicated to the subject of the “Russian historic memory: in search of identity”. The school was a weeklong learning platform conjoined in the by the participants from the four continents in one of the old and historical cities of Russia - Rostov Velikiy.

Educational Experience in Russia

'Being in one of Russia’s topmost higher school institution with a very good and competitive records in the world ranking is a lifetime privilege that stays with me forever. The National Research University – Higher School of Economics has exposed me to a world class education where I got to meet students from all content with different cultural background and international professors who are full of great intelligence and are masters of what they teach' by Matthew Boadi-Ampong

The World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi

The World Festival of Youth and Students is an irregular festival of international youth organizations, held since 1947. The organizers are the World Federation of Democratic Youth and the International Union of Students. Second year master student of 'Political analysis and public policy program - Alisher Ganiev, participated in this year festival in Sochi and shared his impressions with us.

Observing the landscape of Policy Advisory System: Trends and the fluctuating influences

On 12 th  and 13 th  of October, Department of Public Policy did hosted the international Workshop on the subject of “Policy Advice in the comparative practice: From Shaping Political Discourse to Policy Change in Transitional and Developing Countries”. The event was planned in the closest collaboration with the IPSA and under the direct supervision of Prof Michael Howlett, the internationally acclaimed author and the Burnabay Mountain Chair, Department of Political Science at Simon Frazer University, Canada. Prof. Michael Howlett’s engagement with the Department of Public Policy is quite a long one and he has been the prominent member of the academic council of Public Policy Department.

The Nordic Space and the Public Policy Department: an Annual Odyssey of ECPR in Oslo

Representatives of HSE Public Policy Department participated in the 11th annual general conference of ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) which was held from 6th to 9th of September 2017 at the Norwegian capital, Oslo. University of Oslo an academic Institution par excellence in the northern Europe is an eminent place of higher education in Norway for more than 200 years.  Hence Oslo became the Political scientist’s city for the four consecutive days when the scholars from all over Europe and across the Atlantic converged for their annual summitry of scholarship and research on the subject of Political science and added discipline.

Research Paper Competition Winners Can Get a Headstart on Their Academic Careers

The application period for HSE’s Student Research Paper Competition has started. The winners will have an opportunity to take part in workshops on academic skills development, while those in state-financed studies will improve their chances of seeing their academic scholarships increased. Also, in addition in HSE students, learners from other academic institutions are eligible for this competition.

Graduation Ceremony 2017

The very last days of the academic calendar in HSE is studded with range of activities and in a way is the culmination of the  long and eventful learning marathon  that each one of the student across the various disciplines and programs have taken to master the speciality. The Department of Public Policy with its International Masters Program had its own zenith of the event - The Graduation ceremony on the 29th of June. The graduation ceremony is a very bright, positive and unforgettable event for the students but equally so for the faculty members. The learning cycle has come to an end and the students are awarded not only the diploma but an acknowledgement of their preparedness for the world as a professional, well equipped with the skills and the tools to operate in the increasingly compact and globalized world

Summer School “Russian patrimony and memorializing: in search of identity”

If you are interested in Russian history and issues of collective memory or identity-building, we are pleased to invite you to our forthcoming summer school. The school is called “Russian historic memory: in search of identity” will be held on 22-28 of September in ancient heartland of Russia - Rostov the Great.Over the past 15 years, the Department of Public Policy has held a range of summer schools, previously called “Baltic Practice” which focused on an exploration of the relationship between Russia and European Union. But from this year we are changing our focus and will be exploring the complex issue of Russian identity, which has renewed importance as the Russian government has increasingly celebrated key events of Russian history.

International Perspective

On June 4, 2017, HSE is holding ‘The Whole World at HSE’ festival, dedicated to the cultures of different peoples. It’s a great opportunity for many international students to share information about their country’s culture and explain how Russian culture might be perceived by people with a different mentality. In the part, HSE international students and faculty have shared their views on both their and our respective cultures.