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. It has three elements: a core curriculum, two concentrations, and a final project.

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.

The two Concentrations, which students will choose from at the end of the second semester, are “Russia and the World” and “Global Development and Emerging Economies.” The first concentration will focus on the ever-changing relationship between Russia and the global community, with scope for both students who wish to examine current policy dilemmas and those who may seek to understand Russia through an historical perspective. The second concentration will have at its center the emergence of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) and the increasingly important role of various international organizations such as the G-8, G-20, and APEC.

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 conference before the RANEPA community and invited guests at the close of their fourth and final semester.



All MGPP students take the following five courses as a cohort in the first semester.

1. Policy-Making

2. Governance: Origins and Concepts

3. Research Methods

4. Economics for Public Policy I

5. Russia and the World



All MGPP students take the following five courses and a non-credit Professional and Career Skills Development Workshop as a cohort in the second semester.

1. Economics for Public Policy II

2. Statistics for Public Policy

3. States and Markets

4. Public Management

5. Global Governance

6. Professional and Career Skills Development Workshop (required non-credit course)

All students will also attend a required monthly public policy seminar, the McKinsey Global Public Policy Forum, in this semester.



All MGPP students take the remaining two core courses and the “Thesis/Capstone Design and Proposal Workshop” as a cohort. They also take the required workshop and seminar from their chosen concentration. Concentration 1 is “Russia and the World” and Concentration 2 is “Global Development and Emerging Economies.”


1. Leadership аnd Strategic Management

2. Public Finance

3. Thesis/Capstone Design and Proposal


4. Contemporary Russia Workshop (includes a field research trip to Russian regions)

5. Contemporary Russia Seminar


4. Global Development Workshop (includes a field research trip to one BRICS country)

5. BRICS: Growth and Governance Models Seminar



All MGPP students complete their thesis or capstone projects and also choose from the following electives.

1. Global Governance

2. International Trade and Development

3. Russia and the Global Energy Landscape

4. Human Capital

5. Sustainable Development




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