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Cities are at the heart of cultural, social and political innovation and play a key role in discovering answers to social issues such as migration, social segregation, poverty, climate change, health, unemployment and terrorism. They also require experts who understand the importance of involving the community in governance decision-making, who are able to employ cross-jurisdiction solutions to land and environmental issues, who drive the sustainable economic development of cities while protecting public interest, and who oversee the development of international, public and nonprofit organisations. 

The MSc in Public Administration with specialisation in Urban Governance offers insight into this “new way of governing” and seeks to equip students with expertise in public administration, political sciences, urban economy, sociology and urban planning. Students will learn how to analyse urban governance issues and will develop specific skills and strategies for the management and design of urban governance processes that enable stakeholders to effectively and legitimately deal with the issues. 

The academic programme consists of 4 blocks. As an Urban Governance student you’ll spend the first half the year (or the first 2 blocks) building your theoretical foundation on managing complex governance processes. Some of your courses will include urban governance, urban economics, policy innovation, public management, place-making in cities and managing interactive governance. In block 3 & 4 you’ll be writing your thesis proposal and your final Master’s thesis. Throughout the year you'll also take part in an interactive urban governance lab designed to develop your analytical and managerial skills.

Admission deadlines:

EU/EEA, U.S. & Canadian citizens are welcome to apply by 15 June 2019.

Non-EU/EEA (excl. U.S. & Canada): 15 May 2019

Training methodology

The programme provides courses and training in real-life settings giving an opportunity to learn and practice scientific and managerial skills.Next to general lectures given by leading scholars in the field, pedagogical games such as action planning, fieldwork and excursions are part of the teaching methods. Practical and professional skills are developed in the urban governance labs, including working group sessions and seminars. Inspirational guest lectures enable a knowledge and experience transfer from the experts in the field. The urban governance labs are further used to build group identity among the students. 

Why this programme?

  • Get your degree at the world's #1 university for Public Administration.
  • Study in a international environment with people from over 45 different countries.
  • Benefit from the knowledge of two renowned partners: The Department of Public Administration, who have an excellent reputation in interactive governance, and IHS, who was honoured in 2007 with the UN-HABITAT Award and has over 60 years of experience in educating and training local and national governments officials. 
  • Follow courses and guest lectures offered by leading scholars from various disciplines in the field of urban governance.
  • Join in our interactive urban governance labs where you will use your theoretical knowledge to solve real-life examples of urban governance issues.
  • Prepare for your career and network during your project work and field visits to local stakeholders (such as the Port of Rotterdam, Housing Associations, Municipality of Rotterdam etc.)
  • Gain knowledge on current trends, topics, innovations and tools from various disciplines in the field of urban governance (such as circular economy, place-making, co-production, self-organization etc.)

Visit the MSc in Public Administration, Urban Governance Specialisation page on the Erasmus University Rotterdam website for more details!

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