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Research in Public Administration and Organisational Science

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24 months
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Netherlands Government
Type of institution
Research University

Program description

The MA in Research in Public Administration and Organizational Science (PAOS) focuses on the interaction between social changes and the performance of public organisations in tackling social issues.

This program focuses on the new challenges that public governments at all levels face, from long-term trends such as Europeanization, globalization, changing information and communication technologies, issues related to migration and individualization, and increasing cultural pluralization.

The Master's Program starts with deepening your theoretical knowledge of central themes in Public Administration and Organization Science, such as public policy, public management, bureaucracy and public service, and human resource management. It provides a solid basis in the philosophy of science and research methods. All this prepares the ground for the research project that is the core of the Program's second year. You will choose between a theory-oriented and a policy-oriented type of research project. This Master's Program builds theoretical knowledge and methodological skills, preparing you for a career as university researcher, policy analyst, or consultant.


About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Admission requirements

Assessment interview

An intake interview is part of the selection procedure for students living in the Netherlands.

Grade list

An honours degree in theory and research in the domain and proven excellence in conducting research at Bachelor's Degree level, is a prerequisite.

Language requirements

CAE: B1, CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, IELTS writing: 6, TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 237, TOEFL internet based: 93

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