Corvinus University of Budapest

MSc Public Governance

If you are interested in the self-governance of political communities, you are at the right place.

Programme Information

Our objective is to train economists who are able to effectively participate in community governance at local/regional, national and supranational levels. Our study programme focuses on a new type of approach to governance: the efficient and legitimate self-governing of political communities based on the multi-dimensional relations among governments, civil society and the business sphere.     

Programme name: Public Governance
Programme award: Master, MSc  

ECTS: 60
Duration: 2 semesters (1 years)
Approximate teaching hours per week: 16 
Start date: September 2024

Tuition fees (EEA): 1 350 000 HUF per semester
Total tuition fees (EEA): 2 700 000 HUF
Tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 5 400 per semester
Total tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 10 800

Advantages of our new programmes

•  The Corvinus Scholarship may be granted for one academic year, so if you study in this form in a one-year master programme, the whole duration of the programme will be definitely free of charge for you.

•  Our new programmes are delivered in a quarter system. Its advantage is that you study less subjects at a time, so you can get more absorbed in particular topics.

•  In Hungary, our new master programmes are available at the Corvinus only.

•  Being a Corvinus student is an advantage, as with a bachelor degree obtained here with an average grade of 5 your admission to a place financed by a Corvinus Scholarship is guaranteed in our new master programmes, too.*

*You have to go through the admission procedure in the same way, but your free-of-charge place is guaranteed with a Corvinus bachelor degree.

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What you will study

Core Modules

Quarter 1 

1. Economic Foundations of Public Governance

2. Public Policy Actors, Institutions

3. Governance and Political Institutions

4. Comparative Public Administration and Administrative Law

Quarter 2. 

1. Comparative Public Administration and Administrative Law

2. Public Economics

3. Public Policy Actors, Institutions

4. Public Policy Analysis

Quarter 3.  

1. Thesis

2. Program and Performance Evaluation

3. Managing Public Organisations

Quarter 4.  

1. Thesis seminar

2. Development Policies


Self-funded students meeting eligibility criteria may apply for Visegrad scholarships.

Corvinus University of Budapest endorses the Visegrad Scholarship programme for MA, MSc and MBA applicants from Central Eastern Europe.

The scholarship makes the outstanding possibility of international higher education at Corvinus accessible and financially viable for more students in this region and beyond!

Application route

The only way to apply for this programme is as self-funded applicant. 

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Application Requirements

• Completed bachelor/undergraduate degree

• GRE, GMAT, NMAT exams

• Circumstantial entrance interview

• Meet minimum credit requirement

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Credit requirements

In Hungary, there are legal pre-requisite credit requirements to study graduate programmes.

Please make sure you meet the minimum requirements for this programme before applying, the full number of credits necessary for joining this master’s program is 60

Tip: to quickly calculate your credits in ECTS, divide learning hours by 30!

Learning hours should be formally described, but can be constituted of classroom hours, private study and assessment.

Dear Students to-be, 

All around the world, young people concerned about public affairs consider governance as the source of problems and disappointment — and probably less and less as an instrument supporting the solution of challenges facing human communities. Be it global issues — e.g. climate policy —, issues related to nation states or local/regional issues, a lot of people look for the solutions in other directions: they join movements and grassroots organisations, or turn aside from public affairs.  

Our programme is aimed at these young people, too, in addition to people interested in the more traditional concepts of the public sphere.  Our mission is to provide young people with instruments: knowledge and skills related to community governance based on the deliberately organised cooperation of the public, the civil and the corporate spheres.  This way we can strengthen the efficiency and the legitimacy of governance. At the same time, the understanding and the ability of assessing the limitations of community governance are also in focus, assisting deliberation and selection between the traditional state-centred and the newer community-centred approaches in governance. 

Corvinus University of Budapest

Attila Bartha
Associate Professor

Accreditations and Rankings

#340-400 QS WUR Ranking by Subject 

#350-400 for Economics and Econometrics

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Career opportunities

Expert, policy officer and managerial positions at domestic and international government organisations and public institutions 

Analyst-expert and managerial positions in the non-profit sphere, at consulting companies, think-tanks, interest representation and advocacy type organisations and movements. 

Analyst, decision supporting and leading positions at companies in public and not public ownership. 

Researcher jobs at domestic and international organisations and companies involved in applied and basic research. 

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