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Duration: 2 semesters

In-person, on campus


Associate Professor Tatyana Burudjieva, Ph.D. (tburudjieva@gmail.com)

Associate Professor Boris Popivanov, Ph.D. (boris.popivanov@gmail.com)


Orientation and educational purposes

Political management and consulting is a specific interdisciplinary program that enables university education to adapt to the development and functioning of political institutions in the postmodern world. It combines the knowledge and practical skills necessary for a wide range of experts and policymakers related to management issues in the political sphere.

Master’s program provides knowledge and skills in four major areas: analytical methods and techniques necessary for political activity management, strategic planning, campaign management, decision making, communication management.

Learning (knowledge and skills necessary for successful professional activity, total theoretical preparation and special training, etc.).

The term of study in the Master’s program is three semesters and ends with developing a master’s thesis. During the course, students should acquire:

  • thorough knowledge of problems and practices in the field of political management at the level of political institutions, political organizations and parties, civil unions, and pressure groups;
  • analytical skills to: assess trends and developments in the functioning of the policymaking and the management of political processes;
  • abilities: for self-examination of the events and processes involved in political management preparation, writing, and editing of written texts in political leadership for data analysis;
  • good communication skills: oral presentation skills and self-representation; skills in teamwork, project management.


Their future professional competencies will involve:

  • thorough knowledge of the methods and techniques of political management;
  • analytical skills to assess the trends and developments in internal political processes;
  • management skills for political campaigns;
  • capacity for self-examination of the events and processes in political management;
  • ability to prepare, write and edit program, advertising, and other documents in the field of political management;
  • Good communication skills, oral presentation, and self-representation; skills for data analysis, teamwork, and project developments.



Graduate students in Political Management and Consulting could find a practical professional realization in public policy: political offices in the Council of Ministers and senior administration. They are prepared to work with and participate in the political elite. Depending on their preferences and individually chosen disciplines, they can form the accent in their future career development: analysts and experts, organizational activities, and activities aimed at the public presentation of political action.