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Public Administration

Degree type
MSc
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
12 months
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Tuition fee Non EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
Start of program
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
EAPAA, nvao
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

In our complex and ever-changing society, the Master’s in Public Administration equips you to tackle today’s most pressing political and administrative challenges.

The world is facing major problems: an ecological crisis, the near collapse of our financial-economic system, rapid shifts in technology and issues of public safety. The Master’s programme in Public Administration will provide you with the skills and conceptual tools to engage in descriptive, explanatory and normative research and analysis of the political and administrative issues of our time. The entire programme takes a comparative approach, looking at governance and policy-making practices in EU and non-EU countries.

You will be trained to apply problem-oriented research and analysis to the design of performance-oriented policies. Your results will be thoroughly attuned to the demands of effectiveness and feasibility, and will address the requirements of procedural norms such as constitutional legality and democratic legitimacy.

Objectives
The Master of Science in Public Administration (PA) focuses on improving the quality of public policymaking and service provision and highlights an informed approach to social issues in a range of areas, including public safety, education, the environment and sustainability. As a public administrator, you will be expected to understand these complex problems and contribute to the development of appropriate and effective solutions.

Instruction modes
Lectures, practical assignments, projects.

Public Administration Specializations

1) Policy and Governance
Public governance was traditionally viewed as a state monopoly. Today it is increasingly becoming an enterprise shared by state, market and civil society. This shift implies a multi-agency approach, public-private partnerships, citizen engagement and policy networks, with actors from the three worlds of governance coordinating their activities. The field is made more challenging by broad political change, globalization processes and social developments (emancipation of citizens, immigration), giving rise to new dilemmas and necessitating new approaches to policy-making and public management.

2) Regulation and Innovation
This specialization focuses on the relationship between regulation and technological innovation. The accent is on the legal and public administration dimensions of behaviour regulation to promote technological innovation while maintaining a good balance with the risk-mitigation aspects involved in technological innovation. The specialization has a clear orientation toward the law and public administration. It emphasizes legal forms of regulation. These are studied from the perspective of promoting the effects on societal and public interests. Students and lecturers study the entire spectrum of 'regulators' (public, private and hybrid) and 'regulatees', such as certification and standardization agencies. Furthermore, we reflect on legal and political aspects and on the legal and public administration designs of regulatory structures, as well as on the associated skills sets.

3) Public Safety
Public safety is seen as one of the major problems facing Western societies today. Problems of safety and security often relate to the state's monopoly on the lawful and legitimate use of force. Government agencies addressing these kinds of problems require substantial specialized knowledge, some of which can be obtained in the Policy and Governance specialization of Public Administration. The Public Safety sub-specialization additionally examines issues such as public and private policing, the uses of crime science (evidence-based public safety policy) and other specific characteristics of public safety governance.

4) Public Management
The Public Management specialization focuses on implementing government policy. More specifically, it aims to provide you with the competencies that enable academics to support public managers, integrating key insights from both public administration and business administration. It not only equips you with a toolkit of instrumental competencies – partly borrowed from general managerial approaches in the private sector – but also teaches you to take into account the particular context of the public sector, including political influences on managerial decisions and other governance issues. An understanding of the various aspects of governance is essential. Besides the more general requirements of managerial effectiveness and efficiency, this specialization considers public aspects such as compliance with laws and regulations and the democratic legitimacy of public organizations or arrangements. Governance in the public sector also implies a wider range of management issues, addressing multi-actor solutions to policy problems.

5) Teaching in Social Sciences
After completing this additional Master’s year, you will be able to teach at any level in the Dutch secondary school system or at a university of applied sciences (HBO). You will also serve as a role model for pupils with the ambition to enter higher education. New career paths for teachers and opportunities in fields such as adult education make working in education a more fulfilling prospect than ever before. You could be among the growing number of graduates invited to take part in school management and shaping education policy. Your expertise and experience also make you an ideal candidate for corporate training in businesses and government organizations. Jobs in education are plentiful and are likely to remain so for years to come. You should have no problem finding a job as a teacher, researcher or education professional. In fact, many of our students receive a job offer before they have even finished their studies. Last but not least, it’s important to remember that your teaching qualification gives you a separate Master’s title alongside your Master’s in Public Administration.  

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

More information about the University of Twente

Admission requirements

Academic degree

Public Administration

Academic degree

European Studies

Academic degree

een gerelateerde WO Bachelor met mogelijk een pre-master

Polytechnic degree

een relevante HBO bachelor + pre-master

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