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Public Administration focuses on how to address the world's most pressing policy challenges from a governance perspective.

The Master's programme in Public Administration builds on topical research in public sector management, public policy, domestic and international and European governance. The programme provides students with in-depth understanding of the functioning of administrations in Europe, at the national level, in comparison with other European countries and in the multi level context of the European Union. The master's in Public Administration gives you a unique multi-level perspective on managing policy challenges in their complex societal setting where multiple actors, interests and policy areas intertwine. The three specialisations focus on an organisational, international, and economic approach, respectively.

What does this master programme entail?

Across the globe our governments and societies are confronted with enourmous challenges that raise new organisational, policy, and ethical issues. The main focus of the Master in Public Administration is on the management, steering, and coordination of political, administrative, economic, and social actors and the contexts in which they act. It will equip you with the skills to address policy issues at local, regional and international levels.

Three reasons to choose Public Administration at Leiden University

  • The Master in Public Administration focusses on governance from multi-level perspective. You will examine policy creation and implementation from the level of the organisation (i.e. the behavior of public managers) all the way up to the highest level of cooperation (i.e. international governance issues).
  • As the world becomes more complex your Master in Public Adminsitration has growing career value for governmental organisations, NGO's and bussiness.
  • The Hague is the ideal location for your study, placing you in the political and administrative heart of the Netherlands and at the centre of European policy and governance.

Public Administration: the right programme for you?

  • Are you fascinated in watching the whole context of dilemmas and challenges experienced by governments and societies worldwide?
  • Do you want to address these issues from the perspective of governance?
  • Do you have affinity with a specific area of governance, as addressed by the 3 specialisations in this programme – economics and governance, international governance, or public management?

Then this programme is for you!


Visit the MSc Public Administration page on the Leiden University website for more details!





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