Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy – Mundus MAPP (MUNMAPP) for Developing Countries, 2019/2020


Mundus MAPP/MUNMAPP is a two-year-long international joint Masters program in Public Policy, offered by four top-ranked European institutions: Central European University,Budapest (Hungary) , International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (Spain) and the University of York (UK). Established in 2007, the program operates as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Program funded by the European Commission.

    Mundus MAPP directly responds to the educational needs created by the rapidly changing global environment and new public policy challenges. The program equips graduates with the conceptual knowledge and hard skills that are necessary for understanding and decisively intervening in contemporary transnational policy problems, from climate change to international terrorism or financial regulatory failure. It provides a detailed and systematic understanding of how political institutions, processes, and public policies operate and interact from the global political economy through to national and local levels with a direct focus on European engagements at these levels of governance.

    Inter-disciplinarity and practical application of conceptual knowledge are hallmarks of Mundus MAPP.

    Public Policy

  • Contribution to participation costs (tuition fees): 9,000 EUR/academic year (18,000 EUR in total for two academic years)
  • Contribution to travel and installation costs: up to 7,000 EUR in total for two academic years
  • Contribution to subsistence costs (stipend): 1,000 EUR/month (24,000 EUR for two academic years)
  • The remaining tuition fees (4,000 EUR in total for two academic years) will be waived by the consortium institutions.
  • A part of Partner Country scholarships are earmarked for applicants coming from the following specific geographical regions:

    1. ENI – EAST:
    Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

    2. ASIA – Least Developed Countries:
    Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal

    3. CENTRAL ASIA – Lower or Lower Middle-Income Countries:


    1. Mundus MAPP is open to both European and third-country national students. Scholarships are provided for the best eligible applicants by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme, as well as by the Consortium institutions.

    2. Educational background

    For all tracks of the program, candidates need to have a Bachelors degree comprising at least three years of studies at a recognized university or institute of higher education. Applicants must have obtained at least class 2.2 (Lower Second), B or equivalent but preferably class 2.1 (Upper Second), B+ or equivalent. Normally applicants with a preliminary degree in any of the social sciences or equivalent are given preference. Candidates with a Bachelors degree in Natural Science or Engineering are not eligible to apply.

    3. Further, for CEU tracks (CEU-York and CEU-IBEI) only Bachelors degrees in the Social Sciences and some disciplines in the Arts and Humanities are eligible. Specifically:

    Applicants with Bachelors degrees in the following fields are eligible to apply: International Studies (incl. International Relations), Political Science, Sociology, Social Studies; Administration-Management, International Administration; Applied Economics, Economic Analysis, Public Service.
    Applicants with Bachelors degrees in the following fields are eligible to apply only if the candidate has at least half a year’s professional or research experience, in the following fields: any other field of the Social Sciences; Legal and Administration Sciences; Economics; National Defense and Military field and Security studies.
    Other Bachelors degrees in the Arts and Humanities may be eligible on a case-by-case basis if the Consortium’s admissions evaluators can verify from the submitted transcripts that the applicant has followed courses and/or has done research in the fields listed above.
    The fields above are defined broadly, national equivalent degrees or specialized degrees of the above fields (e.g. political economy or international political economy, regional and environmental economics, social policy etc.) are eligible. If you have questions about the eligibility of your degree please contact the consortium.

    4. For IBEI tracks (CEU-IBEI, ISS-IBEI), according to the regulations of the Spanish Ministry of Education, applicants need to have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from a fully accredited institution of higher education (within or outside the European Higher Education Area), provided that this undergraduate degree grants access to master’s level studies in the country in which the undergraduate degree diploma was issued.

    5. High motivation and interest in European and international public policy

    6. Work experience
    Applicants with relevant work experience (internships, jobs) will be ranked higher.

    7. Fluency in English
    Mundus MAPP does not require a language certificate from applicants from the following countries, provided that they have received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree taught exclusively in English:

    Australia, Botswana, Canada, Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda (English-speaking region), South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, UK, USA, and Zambia

    Applicants from countries other than these may request a waiver from the English language admissions requirement if they completed a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree taught exclusively in English in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA, the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

    All other applicants will need to provide evidence of their English language skills with any one of the following test scores:

    TOEFL (Paper version; taken on/after January 3, 2017) 580 or above;
    TOEFL (Internet version; taken on/after January 3, 2017) 92 or above;
    IELTS – Academic (taken on/after January 3, 2017) 6.5 or above;
    Cambridge Proficiency Examination (taken on/after January 3, 2014) C or above;
    Cambridge Advanced English Test (taken on/after January 3, 2014) B or above.
    8. Although Spanish is no longer a requirement for mobility tracks involving IBEI, basic knowledge of Spanish is recommended as some electives will only be available in Spanish.

    April 8, 2019
    Application Process

    Admissions to Mundus MAPP are centrally administered by Central European University in Budapest.

    Qualitative assessment of the candidates is performed jointly by the four consortium universities. Please note that only applications submitted to CEU in the way detailed below will be considered. It is not possible to apply to Mundus MAPP universities other than CEU.

    Before starting the process please read our Guidelines for the Admissions Process.

    1. Candidates are required to fill in an online application form. You may only apply to one of the following mobility tracks:

  • CEU-IBEI track – Global Public Policy specialization
  • CEU-York track –
    European Public Policy specialization
  • ISS-IBEI track – Political Economy and Development specialization
  • ISS-York track – Governance and Development specialization

    Besides submitting the online application form, candidates will be required to upload supporting documentation which is listed here.

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