For admission to the master's programme in Public Policy and Human Development, you will need to submit several documents, including:
- a recent copy of your CV
- a copy of your passport
- a passport-size picture
- proof of proficiency in English* (IELTS / TOEFL)
- two letters of reference, from current or former professors and/or employers
- copies of your degree(s) and lists of grades (If necessary translated in English by an official translation agency)
- a motivation letter which explains why you chose this programme and which convinces the Board of Admissions that you will complete the programme successfully
- an essay (400 words in Word/PDF with searchable text) on one of the topics below (Make sure the essay really covers one of these topics and that you title the essay properly with the topic and question as stated below)
- Social Policy Design and Financing: What is, in your opinion, the most important challenge for social protection policy in your country in the next five years?
- Migration Studies: In your opinion, what are the key factors that governments should take into account when forming their immigration policy?
- Foreign Policy and International Relations: Intellectual property rights are a controversial topic: one the one hand, they protect the investments of past innovators, but on the other hand, they can stifle future innovators seeking to build on existing work. Have intellectual property rights been beneficial for your country? Discuss.
- Risk and Vulnerability: "We constantly face the risk of calamities and disasters, either man-made or natural. Which do you consider to be the most pressing risk face by your country, and how should it be addressed?"
- Regional Integration and Multi-Level Governance: In your opinion, how can regional cooperation help your country address some of its most important policy challenges? What are the main promises and pitfalls?
- Institutions, Innovation and Development: In the age of globalization, knowledge is supposed to flow easily between countries. Hence all countries should be able to benefit from innovation-based growth. Do you agree with this optimistic outlook on development?
How to apply
For instructions on how to apply for this programme, please see the Admission & registration page
Upload the requested documents via the My UM portal
Please note: The information on this page is about academic year 2019/20. Open the pdf below for the requirements of academic year 2018/19.
Admission requirements 2018/19