Executive MPA


Program level: Master's
Degree awarded: MPA
Country of accreditation: United States, Austria
Program length: 2-4 years
US degree credits: 50
Austrian degree credits: 100
Start of the program: September 2022


Develop your ability to tackle critical problems and successfully implement change with an MPA in Executive Public Administration (EMPA). Based in the heart of Europe, CEU’s EMPA is uniquely designed to bring together professionals from the public, private, and voluntary sectors to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and skills.

Our EMPA will help you to upgrade the skills you need to tackle the challenges faced by policy makers today: from coalition building in divided societies, to knowledge management in the digital age, to the state-of-the-art analytical tools in the use of data, statistics, and AI in policy making, managing crises, persuasive, gender-balanced and inclusive policy making, understanding organisational cultures and psychology, and more!

With flexible options for mid-career professionals, and dual US & Austrian accreditation, our EMPA is a unique offering for those aiming to be change makers in their field.


The EMPA program equips future change-makers with the knowledge base and applied skills to critically and constructively tackle contemporary problems through policy processes at the sub-national, national, and global levels. The learning in the EMPA is problem-focused, centering on relating the latest theory to practice, providing experiential learning, and upgrading critical skills (team dynamics, communications, conflict management), using an inter-disciplinary and integrated practice-based approach, which builds upon the candidate’s own experience.

The EMPA incorporates a project-based learning component via an applied project designed to simulate the type of assignments candidates face in their professional lives.

The principal learning goals of the EMPA program are for candidates to:

  • Develop advanced professional management and leadership capacities to effect positive change in public and non-profit organisations.
  • Develop an advanced understanding of the complexities of public administration and how issues become ‘problematised’ and politicised in divergent local, national and global settings.
  • Development of a suite of hard and soft skills and practical skills such as advanced working with data and statistics, leadership, negotiation, legal skills, advocacy skills, team management and communication.

The specialisation modules will enable candidates to identify and define policy problems related to a given specialisation, and deepen their understanding of the specific areas covered by the specialisation.