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Master of Arts in European Public Policy (MEPP)

  • Campus: SAIS Europe
  • Program Duration: One Year
  • Credits: 40 Credits

OVERVIEW

The Master of Arts in European Public Policy is a one-year degree that prepares you for careers related to the European Union (EU). The program combines rigorous, multidisciplinary academic instruction on EU policies and activities, with hands-on, practical training in the skills and techniques required to succeed in the broad EU policy community. Career and placement mentoring is available throughout the year.

Become an Expert

Gain an insider’s understanding of the functioning of the EU across a wide range of policy areas including climate, environment, energy, data protection, AI regulation, sustainability, the euro, migration, foreign policy, security, and defense. Build the skills to work effectively in roles such as contract agent, official, consultant, diplomat, think-tanker, NGO staffer, lobbyist, government affairs expert, business, regional or professional representative, journalist, and more.
 

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

The MEPP builds on the school’s strengths in multi-disciplinary analysis through a broad array of concepts and tools from history, law, economics, international relations, and political science.

Summer

The first summer courses provide an introduction to the basic concepts in economic and statistical analysis that will help you understand the economic context in which the EU operates.

Curriculum

  • Microeconomic Risk and International Trade
  • Professional Writing Skills

Duration

6 weeks

Fall Term

Learn the history, law and economics of European integration. You will also have the chance to take an elective in international economics or international relations.

Curriculum

  • History of European Integration
  • European Economic Integration
  • Law and Institutions of the European Union
  • Elective course 

Duration

13 weeks

Winter Term

Visit European institutions and interact with practitioners from the world of public policy to develop professional skills.

Curriculum

  • Professional Skills Development for European Public Policy
  • Professional Career Trek

Duration

1 week

Spring Term

Confront the main challenges facing Europe today and specialize in one or more areas of European public policy. As in the fall semester, you may take an elective in international economics or international relations. 

Curriculum

  • European Foreign Policy
  • European Financial Markets
  • Europe and the Mediterranean Middle East
  • Scenarios for the Future of Europe
  • Elective

Duration

13 weeks

Summer Term

Complete an internship or undertake an original research project related to European public policy under the supervision of a faculty member.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Michael Leigh

Academic Director, Master of Arts in European Public Policy, Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk, Senior Adjunct Professor of European Studies

Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Academic Director, Master of Arts in International Affairs, Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

Erik Jones

Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy (on leave)

Vera Negri Zamagni

Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics


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Advance Your Career

Students at SAIS Europe have recently interned with political risk and public affairs offices in Brussels and across Europe; with think tanks in Berlin, Brussels, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Warsaw, and Moscow; and with central banks in Slovenia, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt.

MEPP graduates will be trained with skill sets relevant to organizations including:

  • The European Commission
  • The European Parliament
  • The European Council
  • The Council of Ministers
  • The European Court of Justice
  • The European Central Bank
  • Diplomatic Missions to the EU
  • EU Executive Agencies
  • Journalism/Media
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • EU-focused Think Tanks
  • Foreign and European Affairs Ministries
  • EU Trade Associations and Governmental  Affairs Consultancies

Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of more than 20,000 professionals working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

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Admissions Events

Jul 7 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Mid-Career Master's Degrees Virtual Information Session

The Office of Admissions invites you to join this virtual session to learn more about our on-campus degree programs for experienced professionals, the Master of International Public Policy (MIPP) which...

Jul 12 8:00 am - 9:00 am Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Information Session

This information session will provide a general overview of all SAIS Europe programs offered at our campus in Bologna, Italy. This includes:


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Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, practicum projects, staff rides, career treks, and internships, you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

Brussels Career Trek

Gain insiders’ knowledge on working in the European Union environment. Meet alumni and professionals from the European Commission, European Parliament, NATO, and organizations and think tanks gravitating around the EU.

Internship Opportunities

The opportunities available include the European Commission and Parliament, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Stability Mechanism.

Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)

The Institute provides a forum for thought and debate and promotes problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy, supporting the impact and dissemination of faculty research and students' intellectual activities.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.