Écoles, masters et doctorats / Schools, Masters and Doctorates
• Master’s programs The programs consist of four twelve-week semesters, one of which is spent off campus. Each student must complete one of the following: an internship at a company or public administration, a study-abroad semester at one of our partner universities, or a research thesis. Certain trainings are offered as apprenticeship programs in the second year. Over the course of their semesters at Sciences Po, students must successfully complete a certain number of courses (or modules) before taking the ﬁnal exams for the degree. These courses are determined by the student’s respective program and consist of a mix of specialized courses (required or elective), core courses, foreign language courses and, in some cases, a group project, giving students the opportunity to acquire concrete project management experience. One-year master’s programs are also offered for young professionals and recent graduates seeking to develop the necessary expertise to accelerate their careers. • Doctoral programs Students wishing to pursue a Doctoral degree may enter one of Sciences Po’s Doctoral programs, which build on the research master’s programs offered by the Doctoral School, in one of the following ﬁve disciplines: Law, Economics, History, Political Science and Sociology. An international perspective with innovative double-degree programs Sciences Po has partnerships with numerous renowned universities around the world (including the London School of Economics, Columbia University, Fudan University) as well as French grande écoles, offering more than thirty joint Master’s programs. Since 2000, Sciences Po has been using the European Credit Transfer System, or ECTS. Multidisciplinary courses Each school has developed its own identity, with course offerings deﬁned by their respective professional ﬁelds, even while subscribing to the same core principles: fundamental knowledge, applied knowledge, practical skills, active pedagogy, and an international orientation. Students are offered a wide range of courses dealing with fundamental subjects, like the conducting of economic policy, liberties and fundamental rights, major European challenges, the theory of organizations, as well as the links between science, society and politics. These fundamental courses, highly formative in terms of conceptual content as well as methodological rigor, constitute one of the distinctive features of Sciences Po Master’s programs. Courses are taught by research faculty and practicing professionals. Emphasis is placed on both written and oral mastery of foreign languages, indispensable skills on today’s European and international job market. Teaching in English is an integral part of the Sciences Po education, and the number of courses offered in English continues to grow steadily. Certain master’s programs and tracks are taught entirely in English. Rigorous methodology Teaching at Sciences Po places great emphasis on the development of communication skills, both written and oral.