ADMISSION 2023-2024

Two-year English-language MA program of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest

Register ONLINE between the 3rd and 20th of JULY 2023*  via the platform accessible from

* NOTE: This calendar is only for citizens of the European Union / European Economic Area / Switzerland / UK, long term residents of EU. The registration of applications from candidates who are citizens of countries outside EU / European Economic Area / Switzerland / UK is managed directly by the International Relations Office of the University of Bucharest. These candidates can register between 14 April and 30 June 2023. More details and the full calendar is available at

Career opportunities

The program prepares future professionals of public affairs for higher adaptability to multicultural and increasingly digital work environments, while contributing to advancing the local, national and global sustainable development and social responsibility efforts.

Among the very few of its kind in the world and unique in both Romania and the region, the program focuses on professional and individualized training, with about 80% of the instruction time allocated to seminars, policy workshops, internships, individual tutoring and professional mentoring.

The areas of interest and specialization for the practical part of the program focus largely on:

Apart from an individual academic supervisor for the entire duration of their studies, all students have access to different mentors from partner institutions in the field of international public affairs which are active in Romania or abroad. 

In addition, students are also fully integrated into projects within which they are required to develop solutions to real problems of the partner institutions. 

Almost each week, guest experts from Romania or abroad offer lectures and small group seminars that help students familiarize with the challenges of the current labour market and provide more specific knowledge and/or skills.   

More specifically, the program creates and develops expertise in international public affairs particularly (but not exclusively) for

In addition, the program provides the opportunity to develop specific expertise and skills which are currently in high demand for 

Calendar JULY 2023

For citizens of EU (including ROMANIA), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, UK,  as well as for refugees, diplomatic staff and persons holding long time residence in a EU country:

REGISTRATION: 3-20 JULY - ONLINE (at or at the secretariat of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (59, Calea Plevnei - check Google map here)

COMPREHENSION TEST (online): 21 JULY, 17:30 (Bucharest time zone, UTC+3). The results, the list of candidates admitted for the interview and the timetable for interviews will be published several hours later. 

INTERVIEW (physical presence or, for exceptional reasons*, online): 23-24 JULY, at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (59, Calea Plevnei - check Google map here).

*exceptional reasons: difficulty to travel abroad or for longer distances, due to current traffic disruptions in Europe and/or Romania


ATTENTION! Without confirmation, the candidate is no longer considered admitted. 

What will I study?

Among the very few of its kind in the world and unique in both Romania and the region, the program focuses on professional and individualized training, with about 80% of the instruction time allocated to seminars, policy workshops, internships, individual tutoring and professional mentoring.









Instead of an MA thesis, at the end of the program students are required to defend publicly a capstone project (i.e. application of the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the program to examine or evaluate a specific real life problem).

How will I study?

All classes are scheduled during the weekdays after 17:30 (Bucharest time zone). Some courses have weekly sessions, while others are delivered in a modular form concentrated in one or several periods of the semester.

Most classes will be in face-to-face format, from Monday to Thursday, but some modules and seminars, especially those with foreign guests and experts from sectors outside academia, may take place online and/or in different intervals, pending upon the guest availability. 

From time to time, special short / intensive courses, seminar activities and study visits in partner institutions and organizations may be scheduled on Fridays (any time of the day between 9:00 and 20:30). 

Occasional alumni meetings and other special networking and teambuilding optional activities may be scheduled during the weekends.  

The timetable is published at the beginning of each semester.

Semesters 1, 2 and 3 have each 14 weeks of classes, professional seminars and practical activities, while semester 4 has 10 weeks of practical activities, professional seminars and capstone project tutoring. 

The academic year starts on the 1st of October and ends on the 30th of September (the period includes the teaching semesters, the examination sessions and the various holidays). 

Class materials are available in digital format for all courses.

In case restrictions due to a new pandemic wave are suddenly reimposed, all courses have the required digital infrastructure for a fast temporary shift to online teaching. 

What is a capstone project?

Instead of an MA thesis, at the end of the 2-year program students are required to defend publicly a capstone project. This is a written analysis based on at least one year of research and which uses the knowledge and skills acquired in the program to examine or evaluate a specific real life problem and provide a feasible solution to it.

Capstone projects can be written for a specific institution or designed to address the needs of a larger sector. 

To develop such projects, students have a tutor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, and, if designed for an institutional partner, a mentor in the respective institution.

NEW Capstone projects for the European Investment Bank

Starting with the 2022-2023 academic year, students can contribute to a capstone project built for the European Investment Bank (EIB), the "financial arm" and "climate bank" of the European Union. At the end of the project, this will be defended also in Luxembourg, at the EIB headquarters.

NEW Double degree option

Up to 5 candidates admitted in 2023-2024 will be able to enroll also in a double degree option offered with University of Urbino's Master “International Politics, Society and Economics". These students will spend their 3rd semester of studies (2024-2025) in Urbino, studying in English, and will benefit from tutoring from staff from the two universities. After the successful defence of their capstone projects in front of teaching staff from both universities, they will be awarded the master degrees from both universities. 

Academic contact point at the University of Bucharest (Romania): Assoc. Prof. Luciana Alexandra GHICA (
Academic contact point at the University of Urbino (Italy): Prof. Luigi CECCARINI (

UNIQUE Team internships with leading organizations 

During the 3rd semester, all students are enrolled in special team internships with one of our institutional partners. Each year we add new partners and projects. Among our traditional partners are Code4Romania, CONCORDIA, Făgăraș Research Institute, FOND Romania, Funky Citizens & MozaiQ

UNIQUE Civic Technology: Citizen Experience Design for Public Services

Developed with Code4Romania, the leading hub for digital innovation for the public services in Romania, this course is unique in Romania and one of the very few of its kind in the world. Offered for the first time in 2021/2022 as a pilot module within the MIPA program, since 2022/2023 it is part of its mandatory curriculum. Following its success, including the subsequent employment in the field of students who enrolled in it, from 2023/2024 it will be offered as a year-long experience to all students of the program.   

UNIQUE Digital Diplomacy 

Between 2022 and 2025, the EU-funded consortium Digital Diplomacy: Building the Common Future with Technology (DD-TECH) develops a set of tools for teaching digital diplomacy, including an open access English-language module that can be used as an e-module or a blended-learning module.    

The DD-Tech consortium brings together 6 European universities - Istanbul University (leading partner | consortium coordinator: Özgün ERLER BAYIR), Catholic University of the Sacred Heart Milan (Italy), Istanbul Commerce University (Turkey), University of Bucharest (Romania), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and University of Tartu (Estonia), which will also be the first to include the module in their curricula.  

At the University of Bucharest, the MA in International Public Affairs (MIPA) program will be the first to offer the module in 2025-2026. Pilot versions of it will be already offered for credits during the 2023/2024 and 2024/2025 academic years. 

Who can candidate?

Any person holding a BA degree can candidate, irrespective of the previous field of studies.  

What documents do I need for the admission application?

1. Candidates who are citizens of Romania/EU/EEA/Switzerland/UK, refugees or persons with long term EU residence apply directly ONLINE or at the Secretariat of the Faculty of Political Science with the following documents:

Additional documents for special situations

More details about each of these documents and special situations are available on the general page for MA admissions on the website of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest at 

2. The admission procedure for candidates who are not in any of the categories above or are Ukrainian citizens are managed directly by the the International Relations Office of the University of Bucharest. The special calendar, documents and procedures are listed at 

Registration fees

For all candidates, except citizens of Ukraine:

If applying only to the MA in International Public Affairs: 150 RON (for those exempted from paying the fee: 0 RON) 

If applying to two or more programs of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest

The fee(s) can be paid as follows:

The proof of the exemption of the registration fee payment is a written request for exemption, signed by the candidate and approved by the President of the admission commission (currently the dean of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Cristian Preda -

The candidates who require to be exempted from the payment of the admission fee must submit to the President of the admission commission one of the following documents, in addition to the written request:

If the request is approved, the President of the admission commission will mark the approval on the written request, which can then be submitted as part of the application.

Tuition fees

Students declared admitted on the TUITION-FREE places do not pay tuition fees in their first year of studies. According to law, based on academic performance, during the 2nd year they can maintain their TUITION-FREE status or they become TUITION-PAYING students.

Students declared admitted on the TUITION-PAYING places pay a yearly fee of 4700 RON (for all candidates who were admitted through the process administered directly by the Faculty of Political Science) or 2,500 EUR (for non-EU citizens, whose admission process is managed by the International Relations Office of the University of Bucharest). The fee can be paid in several installments throughout the academic year, taking into account the social context of the student. 

The first installment of this annual fee will be paid by the future student as part of the procedures required to confirm their TUITION-PAYING place in the admission competition. If, following the confirmation procedures and lists updates, a candidate is declared admitted on a TUITION-FREE place after they had been declared previously admitted on a TUITION-PAYING place, this first installment will be reimbursed to the candidate.

According to current regulations, the following categories of candidates can be admitted on TUITION-FREE places:

For the current admission session, the program can admit maximum 30 students, with students placed on the first 16 places guaranteed TUITION-FREE places. Nine places are reserved for separate admissions - 4 places reserved for non-EU students and 5 places reserved for the double-degree track for students admitted at the University of Urbino. The remaining 5 places can be transformed into TUITION-FREE places by the end of September, through the redistribution of funding from other master programs of the faculty or university. Given the previous years' experience, it is very likely that, except the places reserved for non-EU students, all places in this program are offered in 2023-2024 as tuition-free.  

Candidates who already completed an MA program in a Romanian public university on a tuition-free place can be admitted only on a tuition-paying place. 

Examination procedures

The evaluation of the application has three stages

The grade for the interview represents the admission grade. Grades in the Romanian system range from 1 (minimum) to 10 (maximum). The minimum grade for admission in an MA program in Romanian according to current legal provisions is 6.

The online comprehension skills test

The test is modeled on the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxford standard and is available through an online form. 

The link to the form is sent to the candidates at least six hours before the opening time (21 JULY, 17:30) but the form's content can be accessed only on the 21st of JULY 2023 between 17:30 and 19:00 (Bucharest time zone, UTC+3).

The subjects require 60-80 min. of work.

On the first page of the form candidates are required to fill in the following information:

The individual SECURITY CODE for each application is sent via email to each candidate at least 6h before the opening time.

After the first page, in a first section there are several exercises that test the comprehension and critical thinking skills. In each exercise candidates are presented with a situation and a question about that situation. For each question candidate will have to choose one of the indicated potential answers.

In the second section there is a text of about 2500 words that you need to summarize in 250 words (+/- 10%). The summary should present accurately the main argument and all major points made in the text, as well as the text’s structure of the argumentation, without additional elements. Points are given for accuracy (40%), clarity (20%), the quality of language (20%), structure (15%) and compliance with the formal requirements (5%).

All texts are in English and the summary should be written in English. We are not interested in testing the fine points of grammar (hence no points are deducted for minor language mistakes) but rather in clear and structured thinking, expressed in a highly intelligible English.  

After the mandatory fields on the first page are filled in, candidates can navigate between sections at any time but when their work is finished they should press the "Submit" button, otherwise the test will not be recorded.

For technical troubles or questions before or during the exam, please write us at

Each test is marked with maximum 100 points. At least 60 points are required to be admitted to the interview.  

The interview

All candidates that pass the online comprehension test are invited to an interview in English at the headquarters of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (59, Calea Plevnei - check Google map here). For the current session these are scheduled on the 23rd or 24th of JULY 2023

The grade for the interview represents the admission grade and is the basis for ranking the candidates. If two or more candidates have the same admission grade, they will be ranked, in this order, based on the points obtained at the comprehension test, the BA defence examination, cumulative GPA for the BA studies. 

If, for exceptional reasons, the candidate cannot be physically present, an online interview will be organized during the same day. For such situations, please contact us as soon as possible at or contact directly the academic coordinators of the program (,  

Confirmation procedures

All candidates declared admitted (tuition-free places, tuition-paying places or waiting list) should confirm their place through the submission of a Declaration of confirmation. Candidates who do not confirm their place are eliminated. Candidates who confirm their place may improve their ranking and position on these lists based on the number of eliminated applications before them. The confirmation period for the current session is scheduled for the 26th and the 27th of JULY but confirmations can be submitted also before the 26th of JULY, immediately after the results are published.

More details at

Teaching staff

All main FSPUB and associated teaching staff members hold a PhD in social sciences or humanities (political science/international relations, sociology, economy, law, philosophy or contemporary history) and have pursued postgraduate studies at top European and North American universities such as the Central European University, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), McGill University, Pennsylvania State University, Sciences Po (IEP Paris), University of Cambridge,  University of Oxford and others. 

Teaching staff of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest 

Associated teaching staff

Former teaching staff

Most of these instructors have also collaborated as consultants/independent experts with numerous strategic partners from the labour market in the field of international public affairs such as the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian Ministry of Labour, the Romanian Cultural Institute, various foreign embassies and cultural institutes present in Romania, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNICEF and the World Bank Group.

Alumni experience

Although the newest program of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bucharest, having been established in 2018, it already has a vibrant community of alumni.

All alumni benefit from the following services:

Starting from 2022-2023, MIPA students and alumni can also meet to socialize and network, as well as to gain new insights from top experts on international public affairs, within the Alumni Weekend series, as well as through other events open to both alumni and students of the program.  

Alumni who have not registered yet for the ISEDUGATE newsletter can do so HERE.

More questions? Contact us 

Program academic coordinators: Luciana Alexandra Ghica ( & Claudiu D. Tufiș (

The MIPA program is academically coordinated within the Department of Comparative Governance and European Studies (DCGES) of the Faculty of Political Science, University of Bucharest (Romania). 

Most guest events are organized with the support of the Centre for International Cooperation and Development Studies (IDC), part of the DCGES.