First Level's Master Program


Master Programme “Electoral Policy and Administration”

Subscription deadline:
05.01.2015 09:00
Maximum number of participants: 
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Tuition fees: 
15.000 EUR

02.03.2015 to 02.03.2016
CFU credits: 
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Application deadlines

  • First round deadline September 15, 2014, 12:00 noon (CET) - Closed
  • Second round deadline November 1, 2014, 12:00 noon (CET) - Closed
  • Third round deadline January 5, 2015, 12:00 noon (CET) - Open

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For the third round deadline (January 5, 2015, 12:00 noon - CET)

Scholarship and Financial Assistance

Everyone interested is highly welcome to apply. The Selection Committee will select the best applicants and assess the financial needs of those asking for financial support. A limited number of participants will be waived the tuition fee. The Scuola and the Programme Partners will provide further assistance in the search for funding opportunities.

Course Description

The Master Programme is based on the 2014 International IDEA designed “Model Curriculum – Master of Electoral Policy and Administration”. Also, the Programme is supported by a global network of universities (facilitating infrastructure) for additional research opportunities, guest lecturers, student exchanges, and special seminars. Instruction is delivered by professionals from all over the world with extensive experience in the field of electoral policy and practice. The Master is a competitive programme open to a maximum of 28 candidates. 14 places out of 28 are meant for female candidates. Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements: (1) Have a three-year (at least) university degree and 2 years working experience in the Electoral field, or 5 years of relevant experience in the Electoral field. Priority will be given to candidates already working within EMBS, especially those from the Global South. Students expecting to graduate before December 31, 2014 are also eligible. (2) Understand, speak and write English at least at LEVEL C1, (CEFR for Languages, CoE).

Target Group

You should apply if you are looking for a professionalizing full-time graduate study programme on electoral policy and practice offered by a leading institution in this field. If your training needs include practical skills, besides relevant theoretical knowledge, to fully understand the work as election administrators, or to work at Election Management Bodies (EMBs) this is the relevant Master for you. Candidates will receive high-level training from a faculty of internationally reputed experts, scholars and practitioners.


Training Objectives and Modules

This Programme has three fundamental objectives: 1) to provide an academic and practitioner experience for those individuals already working as electoral administrators or seeking careers as electoral professionals; 2) to establish a source of professional education to fill the expanding labour market in electoral administration; 3) to reduce the gender gap in electoral administration by educating more women to become electoral executives.


Lectures, seminars, group work and presentations; use of role-playing sessions and simulation techniques.


Fundamental Module:

  • Elections and Voting as Instruments of Governance
  • Electoral Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs)
  • Electoral Systems and Managing Representation
  • Understanding and Managing Boundary Delimitation
  • Political Parties, Campaigns, and Political Finance
  • Electoral Planning and Budgeting
  • Voter Registration and Identification Systems
  • Electoral Operations

Advanced Module:

  • Marginalized Electorates and Special Voting Programs
  • Elections and Technology
  • Civic and Voter Education
  • Media and Elections
  • Electoral Integrity and Malpractice
  • Electoral Security and Conflict Prevention
  • Electoral Justice Systems
  • Electoral Observation, Evaluation, and Validation
  • Policy Advice and Electoral Reform