MSc Public Policy and Management

Plan, organise, implement and control governmental policies and actions. Become a leader. Corvinus‘ programme has a uniquely international perspective and is accredited by EAPAA - assuring your learning experience and enhancing your career prospects.

Programme Information

Public Policy and Management at Corvinus is an internationally recognised, interest-based tailored programme for future leading politicians, public policy analysts and civil society leaders. You will hone essential analytical and leadership skills applicable to the public sector, consulting firms, ministries, policy institutes and NGOs (non-governmental organisations).  

Obtain a highly competitive degree – the programme is dual accredited by EAPAA (the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation) - you will get more than a Corvinus degree! This accreditation provides you with a cutting-edge learning experience – exposing you to the latest topics and methodologies. 

Public Policy and Management will equip you with a practical toolkit to analyse complex social-public policy issues and evaluate alternative solutions. You will master the concepts, theories, processes, and characteristics of economic science - including microeconomic and macroeconomic planning and organisation. 

You will gain a deeper understanding of corporate structures, operations and domestic and international relationships of organisations - applicable to all sectors, worldwide! 

You will acquire contemporary and theoretically demanding mathematical-statistical, econometric, and modelling methods of problem recognition, definition, and solution and information gathering and processing. 

During your studies, you will take part in professional practical collaborations with consulting and analysis companies and research institutes, proving you with a highly practical experience, skills and networking opportunities that will enhance your employment possibilities, internationally. 

Self-funded students will have the opportunity to enrol on a double degree programme in their second year. You can study at one of our prestigious partners in Italy - the University of Palermo or Romania –  Babes-Bolyai University. An exclusive opportunity to gain two degrees for the time and price of one and spend one year in another country! 

We accept students from a range of academic and professional backgrounds for admission onto the Public Policy and Management programme. However, the programme blends mathematics and social sciences - so you will need to be an academic all-rounder. An economics background would give you strong foundations for this programme! 

ECTS: 120
Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
Teaching hours: 10-16 hours/week
Start date: 12 September 2022

Tuition fees (EEA): 700 000 HUF (≈ € 2 000*) per semester
Total tuition fees (EEA): 2 800 000 HUF (≈ € 7 900*)
Tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 2 900** per semester
Total tuition fees (Non-EEA): € 11 600

*Fees conversion amount may vary due to exchange rates.

**The fee must be paid to NON EEA for the whole academic year, the amount for the two semesters in a single payment.

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What you will study
Core Modules

Year 1 

  1. Comparative Public Administration
  2. Managing Organisations in the Public Sector
  3. Economics of the Public Sector
  4. Institutions and Processes of Public Policy

Year 2 

  1. Public Policy Analysis
  2. Multi-level Governance
  3. Institutional Economics of the Public Sector
  4. Public Financial Management

* The above is not an exhaustive list. Corvinus University of Budapest reserves the right to change modules.


There are two remarkable scholarship opportunities available to Non-EU international students:

  • Stipendium Hungaricum (for non-EU nationals from >70 countries)
  • Diaspora scholarships (for international students with Hungarian ancestry).

Both scholarships entitle you to:

  • Free tuition for the duration of your studies
  • 43,700 HUF (c. €120) per month for the duration of your studies (for living costs)
  • University accommodation or an additional 40,000 HUF (c. €110) per month for the duration of your studies (accommodation allowance)
  • Medical insurance.

Eligibility requirements apply, so please click on “Scholarship opportunities” for more information.

Scholarship opportunities

Application Requirements 

  • A completed higher education
  • You will take part in a preliminary interview
  • Minimum B2 knowledge in English, proven by a certificate
  • A valid passport

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Preparatory Programme

If you do not meet the requirements, you can apply for our preparatory programme.

Note: there are three ways to apply to Corvinus as an international student:

  1. Self-funded route (all applicants)
  2. Stipendium Hungaricum route – non-EU applicants only, further restrictions apply
  3. Diaspora scholarship route - non-EU nationals with Hungarian heritage only, further restrictions apply

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.

You will need a minimum of 30 ECTS constituted from any of the following areas:

  • Methodology (mathematics, statistics, IT);
  • Economics (e.g. microeconomics and macroeconomics, international economy, business);
  • Social Sciences (political science, sociology, international relations);
  • Program-related fields (public service, government levels’ management and control, public policy, public socio-political skills).

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.

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Accreditations and Rankings

Double Degree / CEMS

Public and Non-Profit Institutions Management / Public Administration
Babes-Bolyai University

Public Management (Laurea Magistrale in Scienze delle Amministrazioni e delle Organizzazioni complesse)
University of Palermo

Double Degree programmes are a unique opportunity, allowing you to obtain two higher education degrees in the time frame of one from two different institutions.

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Career opportunities

Our students are able to find work as Public Policy Coordinators, Refugee Commissioners, Public Affairs Partners, EU Agents and International NGO Agents.


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