Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy – Mundus MAPP (MUNMAPP) 2019/2020 for developing countries

Application Deadline:April 8, 2019

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.

Admission Requirements:

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.

Minimum requirements are:

1)    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.

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.

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.

2)    High motivation and interest in European and international public policy

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

4)    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.

5)    Other
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.

Financial Aid

Partner Country scholarships: for selected applicants from all other countries (countries not listed above under Programme Country scholarships), provided that they are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training, work, living) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the Programme Countries listed above.

Partner Country scholarships consist of the following contributions:

a)    Contribution to participation costs (tuition fees): 9,000 EUR/academic year (18,000 EUR in total for two academic years)

b)    Contribution to travel and installation costs: up to 7,000 EUR in total for two academic years

c)    Contribution to subsistence costs (stipend): 1,000 EUR/month (24,000 EUR for two academic years)

d)    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:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

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

CENTRAL ASIA – Lower or Lower Middle Income Countries:
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Federated States of Micronesia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe

How to Apply:

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.

Candidates are required to fill in an on-line 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 on-line application form candidates will be required to upload supporting documentation which are listed here.

Further information on formal requirements regarding the official documents is available on CEU’s admission’s pages, with the applicable requirements as outlined here.

For queries please write to mundusmapp [at] ceu [dot] edu. Please note that the consortium receives a high number of queries to this email address and therefore it may take some time to receive an answer – please be patient.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Public Policy – Mundus MAPP (MUNMAPP)



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