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MA in Public Policy and Management
The aim of this programme is to train graduates who can apply their practical and theoretical knowledge in economics, social sciences, management, and law to solve and analyze issues in public policy and state administration. The programme is focused on the comparative analysis of questions of public administration, public policy and public management in EU and non-EU countries in the context of processes of internationalisation, Europeanisation and European integration. The programme is designed to provide a comparative understanding of public sector structures, policies and processes, as well as a methodology for analysing and dealing with different structures and processes of public sector management, guidance and control.
The PUMA serves as a basis for studies in the International Master on Public Administration and the Coordination of Transition (IMPACT) programme as well. The joint programme is offered as a full time study programme of 120 ECTS credits by three universities: Radboud University Nijmegen, Corvinus University of Budapest and University of Ljubljana. The nominal length of study is two years. Students are expected to follow courses at each of the cooperating universities. All three universities will issue a diploma and a Diploma Supplement certifying the degree and the results obtained. In order to get the Corvinus diploma students should register to the Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management programme.
Please check IMPACT website for more information, http://www.impact4.me/
Name of the degree:
- Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management
Structure of studies:
- 4 academic semester
- total number of credits: 120
Language of the programme:
The courses taught in the programme are divided into core courses, catch-up courses, foundation core courses, differentiated professional courses, specialization courses and elective courses.
During the first year, the MA programme provides catching-up courses in Public Economics and Public Policy Analysis, while also introducing students into Advanced microeconomics, Advanced macroeconomics and Econometrics.
From the second year onwards, students have to select one to the two specializations:
- Public Policy Analysis
- Public Management
By taking the Public Policy specialization, students can follow Public Policy Process, Comparative Public Policy and Public Financial Management.
Public Management, on the other hand, offers Information management in the public sector, Human resource management in public service and Public Financial Management, among other courses.
For more information about the curriculum, please click here.
Study abroad possibilities:
Students of the Master’s programs have the option to spend one academic semester at a partner institution of Corvinus University of Budapest in the frame of ERASMUS, CEEPUS, bilateral European and overseas programs. The credits gained at the host institution can be accepted in the Master’s programs. As mentioned before, the Faculty has Erasmus mobility arrangements with more than 60 universities of EU member states and several others outside the EU to which students can apply for.
Students in the IEB program are encouraged to take internships during their studies. Because Corvinus University has a wide network of contacts, students have numerous internship opportunities to choose from. Click on here to find out more.
The Faculty of Economics stresses the importance of combining academic training with real-life practice and, therefore, encourages students to work as interns during their studies. Since the Carrier Office of the University is in regular contact with many of the reputed companies of the Hungarian capital, students have numerous internship positions to apply to. The University works in partnership with, for instance, the following companies: ALDI, British American Tobacco, Coca Cola HBC Hungary, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, ExxonMobil, GE Hungary, Hewitt, KPMG, L’Oreál Hungary, Mercedes-Benz Manufacturing Hungary, Morgan Stanley, Nestlé Hungary, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble.
To grant students further opportunities to learn about the needs of the labor market, Corvinus University organizes a Career Exhibition called „KarrierExpo” twice in each academic year. The exhibition generally lasts for two days and gives graduating students and young graduates the chance to meet the employers of more than 40 reputed organizations.
1, A Bachelor’s degree
Applicants are required to present an authenticated copy of at least a BA/BSc degree both in the original language and in English, as well as an official copy of the transcript of their studies. Graduating students need to send their certificates after the defense of the thesis work.
2, Successful entrance exam
3, Language requirements
The English-language skills of applicants are tested both in the written and the oral parts of the entrance exam and, therefore, a certificate proving the English-language skills of the applicants is not required to be enclosed in the application package.
The entrance exam:
Entrance exams to the Master’s Programs consist of the following two parts:
a. Written part: An essay to be sent via E-mail
Applicants are expected to do a case-study analysis on general social and economic topics so that they provide an independent, logically founded and professionally defendable standpoint on the issue in question. Applicants in the analysis are expected to use concepts and methods of the economic literature profoundly. The purpose is to see how well-informed applicants are in political and international issues, as well as to measure their theoretical knowledge and analytic skills.
b. Oral part: A telephone or Skype interview
The purpose of the interview is to measure applicants’ verbal competences, as well as to learn about their motivation for joining a program. Interviews are evaluated, among others, on the basis of how successful applicants are in communicating their ideas, what career plans they have in mind or how they think they can benefit from the Master’s program in order to meet their future goals.
For more information about the exams, please click here.
The application procedure:
The Faculty welcomes applications the entire academic year.
The program is launched at the 1st of September each year.
Next application deadline is: 15th of April.
Application packages should contain the following items:
- A completed application form
- An authenticated copy of the BA/BSc degree
- An official transcript of studies
- Curriculum Vitae
- A motivation letter
- The certificate of language exam(s) taken in a language other than English/first language
- A copy of applicant’s passport
Application packages have to be posted in hard copy to the postal address of Corvinus University of Budapest OR have to be sent in an electronic form to info.economics(at)uni-corvinus.hu by the application deadline provided on the Faculty’s website. Successful candidates receive the certificate of acceptance in online form via E-mail, as well as in hard copy via post so that, in case it is applicable, the visa application procedure can be started in time.
Application fee: 110 EUR - to be paid by the 15th of April - How to pay your application fee?
The application fee is non-refundable.
For Hungarian nationals:
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the detailed requirements for Hungarian citizens to be admitted are accurately listed in the "Admission Bulletin for Higher Education " / Felsõoktatási Felvételi Tájékoztató / published by the Ministry of Culture and Education annually in December and valid for the next academic year.
Please note that the deadline for applications to comply with central regulations of each year.
You have to apply through: http://www.felvi.hu/
Tuition fee is 1950 EUR per semester.
The International Visegrad Fund offers Master’s Scholarships for study/research projects of 1 to 4 semesters.
Citizens of the following countries can apply: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and the Ukraine. Note that Kosovo scholars are eligible as well.
We advise you to make a "personalized" working plan so that it includes the foundation and the compulsory courses of our Programme, as well as the elective courses you are interested in. For the second year, choose one of the possible specializations that are the most sympathetic for you.
Deadline for next academic year is 31 January, 2012.
We would like to ask Applicants to the Visegrad Scholarship Program to carefully read the conditions of application below. Please make sure you include all the required documents in your application package as Visegrad Fund only accepts and evaluates complete applications. Please note that incomplete application packages will not be considered and that the option of sending in required documents later than the application deadline is not available.
For more information visit: www.visegradfund.org
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP), sponsored by the Government of Japan
Scholars from developing countries who have been accepted to our development-related Master's Degree programs (Ma in International Economy and Business; Ma in Public Policy and Management) and require financial assistance are invited to apply to the Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) for support.
Visit the program's website at www.worldbank.org/scholarships for eligibility requirements and application materials.
The deadline for application is March 31, and award decisions are made in July. (Application to the JJ/WBGSP is not a guarantee of award.)
To find out more about scholarships, please click here.
- Please transfer the tuition fee for the two semesters of the next academic year until the end of June to our bank account.
- Please note that registration is conditional upon the receipt of the fee.
- If the tuition fee for two semesters does not arrive by the end of June, we will not be able to send a letter of acceptance to you about the arrival of the payment, which you need for the residence permit application at our Embassy.
- Please note that the university is unable to offer postponement of payment, or to provide an installment payment scheme.
- How to pay your tuiton fee?
VISA and residence permit:
Successful candidates will receive immediately a notification of acceptance by which their visa application can be accelerated if necessary.
The Faculty can assist in the visa application process.
Read more about health care issues, please click here.
Successful applicants are expected to arrive to Hungary by the 1st of September/February.
If interested in the MA programme, please contact our departmental coordinator, Mrs. Judit Striker, at the following address:
8, Fővám tér
Instructor responsible for the master program
Last modified: 2012.03.24.