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Central European University's Department of Public Policy is an English-language global institution with students from nearly 50 countries. Located in Vienna, the Department of Public Policy offers four top-ranking graduate programs, accredited in the U.S. and Austria. Scholarships are provided on the basis of academic merit and financial need. We offer academic programs that support students to develop the skills they will need to identify, define and address compelling and emerging public policy problems. Blending rigorous academic learning and practice-oriented training, our multidisciplinary curriculum will help you develop the skills needed to make a lasting social and policy change. Our faculty include top researchers and practitioners with extensive experience in the not-for-profit, public and private sectors. Their expertise enriches the classes they teach on a wide range of public policy topics including development, human rights and governance

CEU ranks among the best in the world according to the prestigious 2022 QS World University Rankings. The Department of Public Policy contributes to the subject areas of “Politics and International Studies” and “Social Policy and Administration”, in which CEU ranks 24th and 51-100th in the world, respectively. CEU faculty represent global thought leaders on issues such as the open society, rule of law, and democracy.

How to apply?

Applications for DPP's master's and doctoral programs are now open. All application materials must be submitted with the online application form(s) by the deadlines listed here.

Career Path

DPP equips students with policy knowledge, analytical frameworks, qualitative and quantitative skills, and practical experiences to make a positive difference in the world. Our alumni work for intergovernmental organizations, private sector firms, leading non-profit and advocacy organizations, national agencies, governments and top universities.

DPP Brochure


  • Academic excellence and professional expertise: Resident and visiting faculty of world-class professors and top practitioners in the public policy field bring their experience and knowledge into the classroom.
  • Mission and values: We embrace the values of open society and self-reflective critical thinking. We never stop asking questions. We stand firm defending academic freedom and integrity.
  • Career focus: Our range of programs and internship opportunities will prepare you for a career in leading policy-making organizations, or to continue in academia. As a graduate, you will join the global community of DPP and CEU graduates and receive continued support as you develop your career.
  • Applied focus: All our degrees contain innovative applied components, such as the applied policy project, policy labs, and an internship integrated into the curriculum. • Student-centered approach: Outstanding 2:1 student to faculty ratio with a strong focus on supporting a successful and enriching student experience.
  • Diversity: Highly diverse student body with students from six continents and over 60 countries who are actively engaged in community outreach programs.
  • Dynamic learning: Dynamic discussion and viewpoints from all around the world brought into a single classroom of usually less than 25 students (for mandatory classes) and 15 students (for electives).
  • Course choice: Besides DPP’s wide menu of attractive courses, students have the possibility to take courses from other CEU departments including International Relations, Political Science, Law, Environment, Economics, and History.
  • International organizations: Build connections with the top international organizations based in Vienna during your studies, including through our internships and applied programs as well as their global initiatives and high-profile public events - all within arms-reach.
  • Funding: Financial aid is available.
  • Last but not least: Vienna! Learn at our new campus in the heart of Vienna, which the World Economic Forum has ranked the best city for quality of life for the tenth year in a row.

Financial Aid and Tuition contribution

Beginning in September 2021, all CEU DPP students will be expected to contribute a minimum of 3,000 EUR/year towards their tuition.


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