MPA in Executive Public Administration (EMPA)


Our ground-breaking EMPA is designed to enable policy professionals to upgrade the skills they need to lead and tackle the complex challenges faced by policy makers todayfrom coalition building in divided societies, to knowledge management in the digital age, to the state-of-the-art analytical tools in the use of data and statistics, and Artifical Intelligence (AI) in policy making, managing crises, persuasive, gender-balanced and inclusive policy making, understanding organizational cultures and psychology, and more!  

Through a cutting-edge curriculum guided by expert CEU faculty and leading practitioners across public, private, and non-for-profit sectors, policy professionals will gain the knowledge, skills in policy making to realize their vision and accelerate their career in public administration. 

With flexible options for mid-career professionals, modules that allows it to be undertaken while continuing a full-time job, and dual US & Austrian* accreditation, our EMPA is a unique offering for those aiming to be change makers in their field. 

* Austrian accreditation pending

Key Facts

Program level:


Degree awarded (as accredited):

Master of Public Administration in Executive Public Administration

Country of accreditation:

United States, Austria (in progress)

Program length:

2-4 years

US degree credits:


Austrian degree credits:


Start of the program:

2022/23 academic year


The CEU EMPA is a new and dynamic problem-focused program that aims to empower graduates to addresses the complex challenges faced by today’s public policy makers. Working in a divided world where even the most solid of democracies may become fragile, and many of the established institutions and patterns of authority have been destabilized and challenged, today’s policy makers operate in a fluid environment where transformations are taking place at an unprecedented scale and speed. This program responds to the needs of policy makers to adapt to the new realities we face in the world today and into the future.

Situated within the Department of Public Policy (DPP), the CEU EMPA is grounded in the latest theory and up-to-the-minute research in the of public policy and public administration. Providing a sound academic basis that focuses on ‘what works’, the DPP faculty will bring their own cutting-edge research and experience into the courses, providing academic weight and added value to EMPA graduates.   


CEU’s international profile and open society mission, and location in Vienna make this the ideal place to learn for the next step in your career. Over the years, CEU has emerged as one of the leading comprehensive research-oriented universities in Central and Eastern Europe, offering over 50 programs at the Bachelor's Master’s, and Doctoral degree level, hosting more than 1400 students from over 100  countries. CEU is grounded in mission of “promoting the values of open society and critical thinking”.


The EMPA is designed built for mid-career professionalswith at least 5 years professional experience, not seeking a career break. 

It is designed with in-built flexibility to be done alongside full-time work, with a condensed module format, and online pre- and post-session materials.  

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The EMPA equips future changemakers with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically and constructively tackle contemporary problems through policy processes at the sub-national, national, and global levels.  

The learning in the EMPA is active and problem-focusedcentering on relating the latest theory to practice, providing experiential learning, and upgrading critical skills (team dynamicscommunications, conflict management), using an interdisciplinary and integrated practice-based approach, which builds upon the candidate’s own experience.  

The EMPA incorporates project-based learning via an applied project designed to simulate the type of assignments candidates face in their professional lives.  

The principal learning goals of the EMPA program are for candidates to develop 

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The specialization modules enable candidates to identify and define policy problems related to a given specialization, and deepen their understanding of the specific areas covered by the specialization: 

Candidates can also choose to combine courses from across specializations. 



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