MSc in Global Public Policy

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The world is changing. Be a leader of global changes.

Duration of study: 2 years
Format: Full-time
Language of instruction: English

 The Master of Global Public Policy is a two-year master's program launched in 2014. MGPP is the first to offer students the remarkable resources of Russia's two global cities combined in one master's degree that is designed to utilize the strengths of both Moscow and St. Petersburg in an effective fashion. The target audience is both broad and deep, encompassing both Russian and international students, and also recent graduates and those with professional experience. Taught entirely in English, this two-year program is jointly offered by the MGPP Program in Moscow and the Department of Comparative Political Studies at the North-West Institute of Management in St. Petersburg, both under RANEPA label. Students come from over a dozen countries around the globe and the world-class faculty also teach at or have advanced degrees from Harvard, Oxford, Columbia, Sorbonne, and other top universities. The program meets international standards and has been carefully benchmarked to the top graduate-level public policy programs around the world. It is designed to prepare graduates as future leaders and professionals, to address global challenges with sound public policy.

Our graduates work in government (for example, Moscow City Government, government agencies in Colombia, Egypt, Gambia, Khanty-Mansiysk, RUSSIA, Turkey), business (fashion industry, communications and marketing), and international organizations and NGOs (as corporate engagement coordinators, team leaders, and analysts)

Who Should Apply?
Holders of BA and MA, MSc degrees. We welcome applicants interested in public policy and the ways its changes under global economic and political pressures, development of social institutions and technology. We also encourage interest in the region, particularly in Russia, BRICS and other developing countries.

Contact details
Evgeny Roshchin, 
Head of the MGPP programme, 


Language: English 
Format: Full-time 
Duration: 2 years
Diploma: Master degree in Political Sciences

Partial scholarships for the best students are available!

Deadline for Russian Quota Scholarship:
10 April 2021

Deadline for RANEPA (partial) scholarship application: 
1 July 2021

Deadline for application: 
10 August 2021

  • Program Structure & Curriculum
  • Global Background
  • Abroad opportunities
  • How to apply for MSc
  • Why Public Policy
  • Faculty & Teaching Technology


The MGPP is a two-year master’s degree that meets international standards and has been carefully benchmarked to the top graduate-level public policy programs around the world. This program will offer rigorous theoretical training, melded with a policy-oriented pedagogy that emphasizes problem-solving and the development of strong analytical and management skills.


The first year of the program will be delivered in Moscow and will be comprised of a foundational interdisciplinary curriculum that is taught by top faculty from Russia, France, UK, US, Brazil, and other countries.  Students will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to address a range of crucial global policy dilemmas-- economic development, climate change, food and water resources, terrorism and security, global pandemics, and natural disasters, to name only a few.

St. Petersburg

In the second year in St. Petersburg, students will choose from a range of electives in comparative politics that will enrich their perspectives and provide advanced training in analytical skills.  In the final semester, a capstone project will be undertaken to allow students to utilize the training they have received to tackle a significant policy issue in either a Russian or global context, and in many instances the project will be delivered as a consultancy assignment to a client, who may be in the governmental, private, or non-profit sectors.

Russian Language

Instruction will be provided in both cities at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.

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The Core Curriculum, which is taken primarily in the first two semesters, focuses on the fundamental knowledge and skills that enable students to master the academic discipline of global public policy. It consists of courses in a range of relevant fields of study – political science, economics, history, and management science. The core provides students with a common experience in the essentials of public policy that will make MGPP graduates clearly recognized as exceptionally well-prepared professionals capable of tackling the world’s most pressing policy issues.

All students will choose a final project in their third semester, either a research-based Thesis or a practice-based Capstone Project, and be supervised by faculty advisors. Students will present their final results at a public session (defence) before the RANEPA community and invited guests at the close of their fourth and final semester.


Master of Global Public Policy has been created with the advice and active support of a number of leading public policy experts from the US, Canada, China, Brazil, South Africa, France, Singapore and other countries.

The World Bank and McKinsey are strategic partners and RANEPA is developing collaborative partnerships with global public policy institutions, including the newly-established International Development and Public Policy Alliance (IDPPA).


Master of Global Public Policy has a various partnership agreements with foreign Universities.
MGPP student can attend most of the exchange programs available for the Institute for Social Sciences students and have an unique opportuntiy to attend a special exchange program focused on Public Policy with the main MGPP partner - SciencesPo (Paris, France).



Step A.

Start preparing the package of documents to apply for any graduate program. You will need:
  • a filled online Application
  • a purpose statement (motivation letter) of 800-1500 words in English
    Which is your opportunity to tell us about yourself?
    Why Academy and the Institute?
    Why did you choose MGPP programme?
    Your ambitions, hopes, life experiences, and inspirations – we want to know you better. 
    Please, take your time on this assignment — it should be logical & narrative. 
    Be open and reflective. Be confident and express yourself openly and honestly.
  • CV (resume) in any form
  • a scan of your passport 1st page 
  • any additional documents from the list you want to provide for International Scholarship Admission.

Step B.

Send this package at or fill ONLINE form — and our Admission team will schedule a Skype interview with a Program representative.

Step C.

In 1-1,5 weeks after the interview, you will receive a Conditional Offer from Institute for Social Sciences.

Step D.

To accept it, you will need to provide an additional package of documents:
  • filled Invitation Form (will be forwarded with the interview results)
  • application form (2 files — one in Word and the second in PDF with a passport type photo; in 23.1 Code — 38.04.02);
  • one passport type photo (black-and-white)
  • an original document from a foreign state verifying previous education with an authenticated translation into Russian, stating the full name of the applicant and listing the classes studied with final grades, and a translation of any relevant supplemental material if you will not have your diploma before June 13, please ask your University officials to provide you with an official paper confirming that you are finishing your degree
  • a legal document verifying the person’s identity and nationality with an authenticated translation into Russian;
  • an authenticated medical evaluation with an authenticated translation into Russian;
  • a medical certificate confirming that the applicant is HIV negative with an authenticated translation into Russian;
  • an authenticated copy of the applicant's birth certificate (if available) with an authenticated translation into Russian.

Step E.

Get Acceptance letter and start to prepare for your journey to Moscow. And never be in a worry – you will be carefully guided by the Department of International Policy.


The global policy professionals of the 21st century must be equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively analyze and solve a range of difficult 

global problems that can only be solved through innovative, collaborative efforts-- policy dilemmas such as economic development, trade and finance, climate change, food supply, terrorism and security, global pandemics, and natural disasters, to name a few.

Also, ISS is an integrated part of the Presidential Academy which is the headquarters for the International Development and Public Policy Alliance (IDPPA),
a consortium of nine leading graduate policy programs in the “BRICS Plus” countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, and Malaysia).  MGPP students benefit from research and study tour collaborations among these programs, and also from visiting faculty.

MGPP produces graduates with cutting-edge knowledge and also strong analytical tools (both qualitative and quantitative), so their career choices are broad and multi-sectoral: not only in government agencies, but also in think-tanks, research institutes, private companies (especially multinationals), international organizations (such as World Bank, IMF, United Nations, development agencies), and consulting firms.


The Programme Directors are:
Dr. Mikhail Pryadilnikov, Harvard P.h.D, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation
and Evgeny Roshchin, Dean of Faculty of International Relations and Politics, author of articles in European Journal of International Relations, International Politics, Review of International Studies.

Our faculty are both top academics and working professionals from government, consulting, and business entities. Leading Russian experts such as Vladimir Mau, Andrei Zorin and Sergey Zuev are joined by renowned faculty from France, the US, UK, Brazil, and other countries who have doctorates from or have taught at Harvard, Columbia, Oxford, MIT, Indiana, and other top-ranked global universities.

The MGPP curriculum is interdisciplinary and focuses on practical applications of policy concepts and lessons from best practices around the world. Courses are based on leading works in economics, political science, sociology, demography, history, and other disciplines. 



7500 USD Per year

The price is fixed for the entire period of study.

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