Public Administration

Career Opportunities

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With a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Twente, you will be steps ahead of the competition thanks to your thorough understanding of decision-making in the complex networks of public and private organizations and the collective action needed to meet public administration challenges.

You will be able to:

  • analyse the nature and the causes of social problems;
  • understand interests and values of various stakeholders;
  • design solutions that are not only feasible and acceptable to various stakeholders, but that also meet the demands of democratic legitimacy;
  • think systematically about organization and implementation.

Your career in Public Administration

Despite government cutbacks, career opportunities for graduates in Public Administration remain promising. The Master’s programme provides an excellent springboard to a wide range of careers. Only 30% of our graduates become civil servants in the strict sense of the term. Around 40% find jobs in private organizations with links to the public sector (e.g. research and consultancy). Another 30% find employment in areas such as healthcare, labour relations, insurance, charity and housing. The Master’s programme also provides an ideal basis for obtaining a PhD in the Netherlands or abroad.

In 2010 Elisabeth Epping graduated with an MSc in Public Administration. Read her story and get an idea of what your career with a Master’s degree in Public Administration Master could look like. Read more.


Have you ever considered a teaching career in the social sciences? If you feel inspired to impart your knowledge to the younger generation, the one-year Teaching Master’s in Social Sciences is the ideal programme for you.

If you are fluent in Dutch, this option is open to you after completing a Master’s in European Studies or Public Administration. It is worth remembering that this government-funded programme entitles you to an extra year of student financing.


The University of Twente encourages international students to start their career in the Netherlands. The Connect project will help you find appealing job opportunities to get your career off to a flying start. Read more about the Connect project.

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