MASTER
INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS

About the program

GENERAL OBJECTIVES & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This two-year degree program aims to prepare 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.

More specifically, the program creates and develops expertise in international public affairs particularly (but not exclusively) for
  • the international relations, public communication or social responsibility units of 
    • the institutions and specialized agencies of the United Nations (UN) system; 
    • the institutions and specialized agencies of the European Union (EU);
    • intergovernmental organizations;
    • ministries or agencies of the central public administration;
    • the local public administration;
    • non-governmental organizations;
  • the administrative and technical staff of embassies and cultural institutes;
  • the governmental and non-governmental organizations active in priority areas for the global UN agenda;
  • think-tanks or free-lance political consultancy in international affairs.
In addition, the program provides the opportunity to develop specific expertise and skills which are currently in high demand for 

CURRICULAR STRUCTURE
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.

FOUNDATIONAL MODULE
  • Comparative Legal Systems (1st semester)
  • Comparative Political Systems: Major Concepts and Analytical Tools (1st semester)
  • Public Policy in Comparative Perspective: Major Concepts and Analytical Tools (1st semester)
CORE CONCEPTS, ANALYTICAL COMPETENCE & POLICY WORKSHOP MODULES
  • Cultural Affairs and Creative Industries in an Interconnected World (3rd semester)
  • Foreign Policy Analysis: Theories and Analytical Tools (2nd semester)
  • Public Communication and Risk Management in International Environments: Fundamentals of Protocol, Diplomacy, Negotiation, Lobby and Advocacy (2nd semester)
  • Public Opinion, Social Movements and Civil Society Organizations in International Contexts (3rd semester)
  • The Global Agenda of International Public Affairs: Concepts, Institutions, and Analytical Tools (1st semester)
SKILLS & TRAINING MODULES
  • Critical Reasoning for International Public Affairs (1st semester)
  • International Project Writing, Management and Evaluation (3rd semester)
  • Research Design, Methods, Techniques, and Digital Tools for International Public Affairs (2nd semester)
  • Writing and Presenting Professionally for International Audiences (1st semester)
INTERNSHIP MODULES
  • Institutions and Actors of International Public Affairs (4th semester)
  • Strategies, Tools and Practices of International Public Affairs (4th semester)
  • Professional Research Team Project (3rd semester)
INDIVIDUALIZED PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
  • Capstone Project Tutoring (4th semester)
  • Methodological Seminar and Academic Tutoring (2nd semester)
  • Professional Seminar and Mentoring (all semesters)
CAPSTONE PROJECT
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).


TEACHING STAFF
All 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, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science, McGill University, Pennsylvania State University and others. 

FSPUB teaching staff
  • Mihai CHIOVEANU
  • Anca DOHOTARIU
  • Luciana Alexandra GHICA 
  • Bogdan IANCU
  • Ruxandra IVAN
  • Dan LAZEA 
  • Camil PÂRVU
  • Bogdana PETRICĂ
  • Oana-Valentina SUCIU
  • Claudiu D. TUFIȘ
Associated teaching staff
  • Bogdan CHIRIȚOIU, President of the Competition Council of Romania
  • Monica MARIN, Scientific Researcher, Romanian Academy - Institute for Research on the Quality of Life
  • Laurențiu ȘTEFAN, Senior Adviser of the President of Romania
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.

Apart from an individual academic supervisor from the faculty for the entire duration of their studies, all students have also 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.

Not least, almost every week, guest experts 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.