Master Public Administration


Are you fascinated by the role government and public organisations play in tackling the grand challenges our society faces today? 

Are you looking for an opportunity to fuse an academic grounding in public policy, governance and management with 21st-century skills and leading-edge expertise in a specific domain, such as healthcare, the environment, or Industry 4.0? If so, this Master in Public Administration (PA) at the University of Twente is the right choice for you.

Fusing public administration with leading cross-disciplinary research in exciting societal domains

This one-year, English-taught Master’s programme offers you the chance to develop outstanding expertise in public administration and to combine that with cross-disciplinary research in a societal domain you are excited about. You can tap into research in which our scientists are among the world’s best, such as Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Engineering our Digital Society, Technology for Personalised Healthcare, or Regional Policy in the Netherlands (our only Dutch-taught profile). Your ability to fuse the latest science and technology with your public administration research and designs will give you the best preparation you can get for an impactful and meaningful career.

Are you a Public Leader, a Public Manager or a Public Advisor?

The programme is designed to equip you for tackling today’s most pressing political and administrative challenges in one of three key roles:

 Check the programme structure of the Public Administration Master.

We have the best master in Public Administration according to Keuzegids Masters 2019!

5 distinguishing features of this master in public administration

There are many different Public Administration Master’s programmes available around the world. Ours is different. Here are 5 reasons why:

  • 1. Learn to merge public administration with cross-disciplinary research in key application areas

    Many programmes can take you further in Public Administration, but in ours you will also develop expertise in the profile of your choice. In a world in which public administration knowledge itself is not enough, this feature will give you a strong starting position on the job market. It will also give you a broad view and prepare you for engaging effectively with the many different disciplines and domains that typically come together in today’s societal challenges.

  • 2. Develop your own personal profile in the (research) domain of your choice

    Unlike most other PA Master’s programmes, ours offers you a lot of room for your personal profile. Many students choose our programme for this reason. We offer a broad scope of choices. You can team up with some of our best scientists, for example, in public safety, communication, civil engineering, sustainability, innovation of governance or higher education. Your particular blend of Public Administration with other sciences and societal domains will be unique to you.

  • 3. Study at a university acclaimed for its research, entrepreneurship and societal impact

    The UT is one of the best imaginable universities for launching a career in Public Administration. In 2017 we were acclaimed as the most entrepreneurial university (for the third consecutive year), the best university of technology and the university with the highest societal impact in the Netherlands – a country already renowned internationally for its high-level academic programmes and its out-of-the-box education.

  • 4. Combining academic rigour and practical relevance

    At the University of Twente you are not simply immersed in theory, you also learn how to apply it to real-world challenges. Many of the courses involve working on existing policy issues and designing solutions for actual problems in today’s world. We will challenge you to get in step with the latest knowledge as well as to roll up your sleeves and prepare yourself for the realities of the complex and exciting field you aim to work in.

  • 5. Benefit from professional and personal growth

    A relatively small Master’s programme with a low student-teacher ratio, we offer an informal atmosphere in combination with a strong commitment and educational methods geared to your professional as well as your personal growth. The UT’s unique High Tech Human Touch philosophy provides you with the perfect platform for developing your 21st-century skills, such as creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, adaptability, self-direction, social and cross-cultural skills, leadership and responsibility.

Programme overview

Master’s degree in Public Administration
Certification: MSc
CROHO code
Behavioural Management and Social sciences
1 year
Full-time (no part-time programs possible)
Starting date
1 September 2022
1 February 2023
1 September 2023
1 February 2024
1 September 2024
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands
Numerus fixus
Does not apply for the programme
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