Master’s programme «Post-Soviet Public Policy»

The new MSU Master in Public Policy on Post-Soviet Space is a two-year degree designed to prepare future professionals in all dimensions of public affairs for a great diversity of careers worldwide. The Programme starts in 2018.

Thinking bigger. Going outside the disciplinary boundaries. Observing things and occurring with the unprecedented solutions. Those are just few characteristics of an ideal student for the MA in Public Policy on the Post-Soviet Space.

The Programme is aimed to train students for the practical field of public policy in Eurasian countries. It consists of the several focus areas, which are formed in order to provide students with the essential skills and knowledge required for future work in the field.

 

PROGRAMME CURRICULUM 

The Curriculum of the MA in Post-Soviet Public Policy consists of three main groups of disciplines: fundamental courses, obligatory programme and electives courses.

The Fundamental Courses are the disciplines, which serve as a way to provide students with a common theoretical ground, necessary for the future investigations. The complexity of public policy problems makes it essential for a prospective expert to have an understanding about the broad methodological toolkit, used in all the social sciences disciplines. Thus, this part of the curriculum includes theory and history of political thought, economics, law, political psychology and sociology, methodological seminars, international relations and world politics, comparative politics and modern post-soviet politics.

The obligatory programme courses include disciplines, dedicated to the specific object of the Programme- the Post-Soviet Space. Each of those disciplines covers a fundamental aspect of an object, among which are the dominant values in Eurasian societies, the role of the Soviet civilization in modern Post-Soviet countries, institutional design and policy networks, political economy and a socio-political portrait of post-soviet elites. Students are also offered courses about foreign policy of independent states, political actors, agenda-setting and agenda-building processes.

The main objective of those courses is to prepare students for conducting a profound and creative research in the region, specifying the peculiarities of the chosen object.

Elective courses provide students with knowledge about:

  • One of the Post-Soviet Space regions (Baltic countries, Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia) and its legal and economic systems, main trends and institutional design.
  • One of the public policy sectors, e.g. social, economic or defense policies.
  • The practical skills, arising from the complexity of an object: political analysis, decision-making process, implementation of a policy and its assessment, social engagement in public policy and political campaigns, network building and agenda-setting.
  • The academic skills for a future career in academic, expert or education spheres, including the specter of careers in public administration sector.

The first year of the MA is formed in order to provide students’ future research with a solid theoretical and methodological ground. In order to meet those requirements, students are invited to participate in methodological workshops. Besides, at the end of a year, students are encouraged to give their own practical workshop during the «Expert in Post-Soviet Public Policy» international contest.

At the end of the second semester, students are encouraged to apply for an internal fully-funded scholarship, funding their studies at World`s leading summer schools. Internships are to be organized for each student in accordance with his/ her sphere of interest in order to both

  • give an opportunity to get a real-life experience of working in the business, legal, civil and other organizations, and
  • provide an access to the empirical databases for a thesis.

For those students, whose future research require in-depth empirical studies, the Programme offers an opportunity to get a professional year abroad, during which theywork at different organizations in one of the Post-Soviet countries.

Master thesis is an independently conducted study, which sheds light on both theoretical and practical aspects of a chosen topic.

Theses formulated as a policy project for one of the Post-Soviet space states are welcome.

In order to assist students with their future career paths, the Programme offers series of professional tests, aimed to define their personal characteristics and potential range of careers. Among those are «leader», «consultant», «expert». The tests are optional and serve to help students get useful skills before they graduate.

Prospective careers:

  • International organizations, situated in Eurasia, e.g. EAEC, SCO
  • Public administration, e.g. federal and regional authorities, policy advisors and managers
  • Public Policy, e.g. representative authorities, advisors and assistants)
  • Academic sphere
  • Policy Expertise
  • Business and corporate communications with government
  • Media, NGOs, civil organizations, local authorities