The one-year Master’s programme Public Administration is divided into three periods:
- Throughout the first three quarters you take five core courses (25 credits);
- Your two personal profile courses are usually scheduled in the first and third quarter (10 credits);
- In the fourth quarter the focus is on completing your profile within a Master’s thesis (25 credits).
The five mandatory core courses are aimed at bringing you up to date on the latest public administration theories and insights. The knowledge and competencies you acquire here will enable you to tackle the most pressing political and administrative challenges related to the big societal concerns of our time. By connecting these core courses to your profile choice, you can make sure you learn to apply this expertise in an area you care about.
One of the unique aspects of the PA Master’s at the UT is that it does not just give you a solid footing in public administration, but also enables you to develop your own personal profile. You can do this by carefully selecting your profile courses, in combination with your graduation project. The profile courses offer you room to get creative and make connections you may not have thought of before, for example by linking public administration to a specific societal issue or domain you care about.
You will spend the last few months of the programme researching and writing a Master’s thesis on a topic of your own choice. You can do your thesis research with a national or international organisation, or at one of our university’s many high-profile research departments.
Our Public Administration programme has been accredited by the EAPAA (the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation). This means it meets all applicable national and international higher-education standards and is recognised worldwide.