Academic Offer

Research Master's Programs - Public Policies 2019-2021


Modality: face-to-face


The main objective of this Master´s program is to train specialized researchers and professionals in the analysis of public policies and the interactions between the State, the economy and society.

Who is it for?

Graduate students from the disciplines of Social Sciences (Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Law, Management, International Relations), or related branches. Researchers or people who already have professional experience in public, private or associative sector, who wish to analyze certain aspects for the development of research or for the improvement of their professional activities in the field of public policy.

Occupational field

Researcher specialized in public policy and governance issues. University professor in public policies. Advisor in public policies for central government agencies, sciences agencies, nongovernmental organizations, cooperation agencies and other public and private organizations.

Curriculum structure

In order to get a Master’s degree, students must complete 64 credits in total, divided in:

  • 12 courses of four credits each with a total of 48 credits
  • A research workshop of twelve credits
  • 4 credits for the production and presentation of the master's thesis.
Class schedule
Monday to Friday from 07h00 to 09h00. Some courses can be taught from Monday to Thursday from 17h00 to 20h00.



Formación general Teoría de las políticas públicas
Políticas económicas y desarrollo
Teorías del Estado

Especialización Gobernanza
Sociología de las organizaciones
Análisis de políticas públicas
Redes de políticas públicas

Área metodológica
Métodos de análisis cualitativo
Métodos de análisis cuantitativo

Talleres de tesis Taller de Tesis I, II y III

Optativas del programa** Políticas sociales
Administración pública
Problemas de políticas tecnológicas
Diseño de políticas públicas
Políticas públicas comparadas

Economía y finanzas públicas
* Certain matters might be subject to changes.

** The students in addition can choose for the set of courses that offer FLACSO's different educational programs.

Lines of investigation

  • State, constitution and rights
  • Policy Networks
  • Design of public policies
  • Urban governance
  • Social policies and development
  • Sociology of public action

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or an equivalent certification by a duly certified higher education institution.
  • Ability to read and understand texts in English.
  • Have the means to finance the studies and study them with due dedication.
  • Completion of an academic aptitude exam.
  • Comply with all the specific requirements of the teaching program to which you apply and those indicated in the 'Application process' section of the online application form.

Entry Process

All applicants will enter a selection process. Through the website:, applicants must complete the application online, attach all required documentation and send it to FLACSO Ecuador. Selected applicants will be interviewed by FLACSO professors.

Stipend scholarships and financial assistance

FLACSO Ecuador has a scholarship and financial assistance policy for students admitted into its Master's programs. The policy is shaped by criteria of academic performance and by the socio-economic situation of the applicants.


  • Application Deadline: until May 31, 2019
  • Entrance exam: June 15 (saturday)
  • Interviews to preselected: from June 24 to July 5
  • Admission information: July 18
  • Admission decisions: August 15
  • Registration period: from September 19 to October 3
  • Extraordinary registrations: October 4 to 18
  • First day of classes: October 21, 2019