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Master of Arts in European Public Policy (MEPP)


The Master of Arts in European Public Policy (MEPP) is a one-year, cohort-based degree program that will prepare you to work with, or for, the institutions of the European Union. This degree program combines rigorous, multi-disciplinary academic and policy-relevant instruction on issues related to EU policies and activities, with hands-on practical training in the skills and techniques required to succeed in the broad EU policy community.


Gain the professional advantage of an insider’s understanding of the political, economic, and administrative functioning of the EU in the evolving global and transatlantic context. Strengthen and build the skills and network needed to work effectively in roles such as official, contract agent, consultant, diplomat, lobbyist, government affairs expert, business, regional or professional representative, journalist, and more. 

What Your Schedule Will Look Like

The MEPP builds on the school’s strengths in multi-disciplinary analysis through a broad array of concepts and tools from history, law, economics, international relations, and political science.


The first summer courses provide an introduction to the basic concepts in economic and statistical analysis that will help you understand the economic context in which the EU operates.


  • Microeconomic Risk and International Trade
  • Macroeconomic Risk and International Finance


4 weeks

Fall Term

Learn the history, law and economics of European integration. You will also have the chance to take an elective in international economics or international relations.


  • History of European Integration
  • Economics of European Integration
  • Law and Institutions of the European Union
  • Elective


13 weeks

Winter Term

Visit European institutions and interact with practitioners from the world of public policy to develop professional skills.


  • Professional Skills Development for European Public Policy
  • Professional Career Trek


2 weeks

Spring Term

Confront the main challenges facing Europe today and specialize in one or more areas of European public policy. As in the fall semester, you may take an elective in international economics or international relations. 


  • European Foreign Policy
  • European Financial Markets
  • Europe and the Mediterranean Middle East
  • Elective


13 weeks

Summer Term

Complete an internship or undertake an original research project related to European public policy under the supervision of a faculty member.


Study with world-class experts who are renowned for their scholarship, influence, and networks.

Michael Leigh

Academic Director, Master of Arts in European Public Policy, Senior Adjunct Professor of European Studies

Raffaella A. Del Sarto

Associate Professor of Middle East Studies

Erik Jones

Director of European and Eurasian Studies, Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Vera Negri Zamagni

Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics

In the News

How the private sector views Iran’s economy.

Sanam Vakil participated in Chatham House webinar, 6/24

A tale of two pandemics.

Michael Leigh wrote in Bruegel, 6/23

Geopolitics, sport, soft power: Soccer and the Arab Gulf.

David Ellwood wrote for USC Center on Public Diplomacy’s CPD Blog, 6/23

Iran's 'Ancient Sport' not a man's world anymore.

Sanam Vakil quoted on Radio Free Europe, 6/20

A view from Italy.

Filippo Taddei wrote in Johns Hopkins Hub, 6/18

EU economic stimulus.

Erik Jones interviewed on Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs, 6/17

East Asia decouples from the United States: Trade war, COVID-19, and East Asia's new trade blocs.

Michael G. Plummer wrote for Peterson Institute for International Economics, 6/11

Is the European Central Bank independent enough?

Erik Jones wrote in The Rift, 6/11

Advance Your Career

Students at SAIS Europe have recently interned with think tanks in Berlin, Brussels, London, Madrid, Paris, Rome, Warsaw, and Moscow; at central banks in Slovenia, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt; and in political risk and public affairs divisions in Brussels and across Europe.

MEPP graduates will be trained with skill sets relevant to organizations including:

  • The European Commission
  • The European Parliament
  • The European Council
  • The Council of Ministers
  • The European Court of Justice
  • The European Central Bank
  • Diplomatic Missions to the EU
  • EU Executive Agencies
  • Journalism/Media
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • EU-focused Think Tanks
  • Foreign and European Affairs Ministries
  • EU Trade Associations and Governmental  Affairs Consultancies

Build Your Network

Join an influential alumni network of more than 20,000 professionals working across sectors in 140 countries around the world.

Master of Arts in International Affairs Degree, Study Trip profile

Throughout the academic year, students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom during study trips, where they visit a myriad of organizations and meet with individuals who offer unique perspectives on current global affairs.

Master of Arts in International Affairs Degree, Alumni Weekend profile

Alumni return to SAIS Europe each year for the school's annual alumni weekend to share their professional and personal stories since graduating, and to connect with current students.

A Culturally Rich Education at SAIS Europe

"The international composition of the school has allowed me to engage with and learn from people of varying regions,cultures and backgrounds, an opportunity I am grateful to have been given."

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The Many Benefits of a SAIS Europe Education

"I chose SAIS Europe for its interdisciplinary approach in order to put my experiences into practice."

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Beyond the Classroom

Through study treks, practicum projects, staff rides, career treks, and internships, you will gain practical, hands-on experience.

Brussels Career Trek

Gain insiders’ knowledge on working in the European Union environment. Meet alumni and professionals from the European Commission, European Parliament, NATO, and organizations and think tanks gravitating around the EU.

Internship Opportunities

The opportunities available include the European Commission and Parliament, the European Central Bank, the European Investment Bank and the European Stability Mechanism.

Bologna Institute for Policy Research (BIPR)

The Institute provides a forum for thought and debate and promotes problem-centered, interdisciplinary research in international policy, supporting the impact and dissemination of faculty research and students' intellectual activities.

Networking Events

Network with alumni and professionals and organize student-led events exploring your area of interest's challenges and opportunities outside the classroom.