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Master of Arts in European Public Policy (MEPP)

  • Campus: SAIS Europe
  • Program Duration: One Year
  • Credits: 40 Credits

OVERVIEW

The Master of Arts in European Public Policy is a one-year degree that prepares you for careers related to the European Union (EU). The program combines rigorous, multidisciplinary academic instruction on EU policies and activities, with hands-on, practical training in the skills and techniques required to succeed in the broad EU policy community. Career and placement mentoring is available throughout the year. MEPP students have priority in attending the annual Brussels career trek organized by the Careers Office.

Become an Expert

Gain an insider’s understanding of the functioning of the EU across a wide range of policy areas including climate, environment, energy, data protection, AI regulation, sustainability, the euro, migration, foreign policy, security, and defense. Build the skills to work effectively in roles such as contract agent, official, consultant, diplomat, think-tanker, NGO staffer, 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.

Summer

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.

Courses

  • Microeconomic Risk and International Trade
  • Clear Writing for European Public Policy

Duration

6 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.

Courses

  • History of European Integration
  • Law and Institutions of the European Union
  • Two Elective courses

Duration

13 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. A minimum of four courses must be completed during the spring term.

Courses

  • Scenarios for the Future of Europe
  • European Economic Integration
  • One Elective
  • One or more of the following
    • European Union Foreign Policy
    • European Financial Markets
    • Europe and the Mediterranean Middle East

Duration

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.

LEARN FROM THE BEST

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, Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk, Senior Adjunct Professor of European Studies

Mark Gilbert

C. Grove Haines Professor, Professor of History and International Studies

Erik Jones

Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy (on leave)

Vera Negri Zamagni

Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics


In the News

Italy’s new leader faces familiar problems, including fickle voters

In the Washington Post, Professor Gilbert writes about the results of the Italian general elections that occurred this past weekend. He explains that Giorgia Meloni's win has brought fear to the public because, although she claims to no longer be a fascist, her political party descends from neo-fascist ideals.

Far-right Nationalist Giorgia Meloni Elected as Italy's First Female Prime Minister

Mark Gilbert gives background information and analysis in an NBC news special report on the election of Giorgia Meloni.

From Elizabeth II to Charles III: A Triumph of British Ceremonial and Soft Power

David Ellwood discusses the significant contributions Queen Elizabeth II made during her reign, and what may occur now after her passing. In his article published to the CPD Blog, he also touches on King Charles, and his possible continuation of soft power.

Is EU enlargement to Ukraine and Moldova credible?

The Loop published an article co-authored by Professor Anghel which discusses the possibility of both Ukraine and Moldova entering the European Union despite not meeting EU membership criteria. The authors mention previous EU membership promises to the countries of the Western Balkans, however, note that there may be a difference when security of the EU is in question.

Coups in the Kremlin

In a Foreign Affairs article, written by Professor Radchenko, there is discussion on what may occur to Putin in the coming years. With the turns of the war, supporters of Putin are starting to have their doubts on what lies ahead. Will he maintain his position of power? Or will there be a transition?

Russian history professor breaks down Putin's latest speech

After Putin calls military reservists for the front lines of Ukraine and to annex parts of Ukraine to Russia, Professor Radchenko goes on NPR to discuss the meaning of these calls. In the interview Professor Radchenko speaks to how the Russian people are starting to feel directly affected by a war which is for Putin's imperial dreams. The interview then closes off with brief questioning on possible nuclear weapon use.

Italy’s Election Paradox

Professor Erik Jones co-authored an article for Foreign Affairs, where he discussed why a strong Giorgia Meloni would be more advantageous than not. This is because a strong Meloni would be able to pull away from her coalition allies, for example Matteo Salvini.

Francis Fukuyama Predicted the End of History. It's Back (Again)

Published a few months before the fall of the Berlin Wall (and expanded into a best-selling book in 1992), it was an instant sensation, and has continued to inspire debate...In a new book, the political theorist offers a stout defense of liberalism against threats from left and right — and predicts that Ukraine will revive “the spirit of 1989.”

FPI Program Coordinator

FPI Fellow James Borton notes: Signing on to the Law of the Sea would give the US more credibility in curbing Beijing’s aggression in the South China Sea


Advance Your Career

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

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.

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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.

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The Power of Photography in Highlighting the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

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Admissions Events

Dec 5 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Online SAIS Event

SAIS Europe Open Day

Welcome and Introduction


9:00 AM EST | 3:00 PM CET 


  • Director Michael Plummer

SAIS Europe Faculty Panel


9:10 AM EST | 3:10 PM CET


  • Prof. Michael Plummer (MAIR, Economics)
  • Prof....

Dec 8 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Online SAIS Event

Public Service Fellows & Scholars Virtual Information Session

The Johns Hopkins SAIS Office of Admission invites you to learn more about the SAIS Public Service Fellows and Scholars program by joining an online information session. 

The Public Service...

Dec 9 10:00 am - 11:00 am Online SAIS Event

Master of International Economics and Finance Virtual Information Session

The Johns Hopkins University  School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Office of Admission invites you to learn more about the Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance (MIEF) degree...

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.