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Post-Soviet Public Policy

Lomonosov Moscow State University
Post-Soviet Public Policy

About this program

Post-Soviet Public Policy

The Program aims to prepare practitioners who are able to understand and explain the modern political processes in Russia, Post-Soviet Space, and Eurasia. The Post-Soviet Public Policy program prepares professionals who will be able to analyze the root causes of the issues, estimate various scenarios of events, develop & implement the recommendations. Situated in the capital of Russia, Moscow State University (MSU) is to be a powerful platform for public policy research on the Post-Soviet Space. Studying such a specific discipline, MSU students will have a unique opportunity not only to engage in discussions with high profile representatives of think tanks and universities but also to go for internships in one of the Post-Soviet countries.

The programme aims are: to equip students with modern political science methodology and teach them how to apply it in regard to the Post-Soviet public policy; to provide students with knowledge about the complex public policy issues;
to train them as professionals who will be sensitive to sociopolitical changes as well as to be able to act under the circumstances of uncertainty.

There are three groups of courses offered: fundamental, core and optional.

Fundamental courses provide the academic foundation necessary to ensure the success of the programme’s students as they continue their studies, e.g. political science, economics, law, philosophy, political thought, sociology, and mathematics.
Core courses are focused on the special features of the policy-making process in the region specifics of the decision- and policy-making process within the field of public policy, e.g. Power networks and Political institutes in the Post-Soviet Space, Political Economy and etc.).

Optional courses cover the narrow professional issues, strongly related to a particular FSU country or a policy sector (Infrastructure Policy and Megaprojects, Politics in Central Asia and etc.) The topics of such courses are narrow and closely linked to a specific country or policy sector. The program offers 6 groups of optional course. A student may choose only ONE course from each group. We strongly believe that diversity is the best way to fight onesidedness. Student and scholar diversity contribute to the broadness and depth of discussions, to the of the richness of the environment for teaching and research. This is why the Programme is taught by an international team of professors, committed to training future leaders and sharing the most advanced tools of academic research. Our academic supervisor is Robert Legvold, among our professors, are Alena Ledeneva, Alexander Cooley, Julie Newton, Thomas F.Remington, Alexander Nikitin, Sergey Kolesnikov, and others.

Prospective careers: International organizations, based in Eurasia, e.g. EAEC, SCO;
Public administration, e.g. federal and regional authorities, policy advisors and managers; Public Policy, e.g. governmental bodies, advisors and assistants) Academic sphere; Policy Expertise and Consulting; Business and GR; Media, NGOs, civic organizations, local authorities.

Admission requirements

General Requirements: all applicants must submit their previous diploma, transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation.
English is a required prerequisite unless it is not an official language of your country.
The Personal Statement of Experience (PSE) essay is mandatory for all applicants.

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Russia's oldest and best ranked University; one of the country's main sources of innovation and interdisciplinarity; 11 Noble Prize winners worked, taught or studied at Lomonosov MSU. MSU is rightfully considered to be the oldest Russian University. It was founded...

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Lomonosov Moscow State University

Komsomol'skiy prospekt., 32-2
119146 Moscow
Russian Federation

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