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MSc Public Administration

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
The Hague
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

public administration program

Earn an MSc in Public Administration at Leiden University

Worldwide, governments and societies today are confronted with big challenges like climate change, rapid technological innovations, and economic crises, that raise all kinds of new organizational, policy, and ethical issues. These challenges pose both opportunities and constraints for a multitude of public, non-profit, and private actors.

This MSc program explores how to address humankind’s most pressing problems from the perspective of governance. The master of public administration focuses on the management, steering, and coordination of political, administrative, economic, and social actors, as well as the formal and informal regimes and policy processes within which they act towards addressing collective social problems at regional, national, and international levels.

The program is taught from a multi-level perspective. This means that there is no single level of governance at which societal challenges can be addressed best.

Educating future public policy professionals requires a holistic rather than a single-level approach is needed. Hence, the various tracks within the Master of Public Administration span the intricacies of multi-level governance by a multitude of public and private actors, all the way to the management of organizations and the behaviour of individual public managers.

Admission requirements

In order to be considered for the Public Administration Master’s program, you should: possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration or a bachelor’s degree in a closely related discipline from a recognized university
  • Proficiency in English
  • Interest in issues of public policy and administration (evidenced in, for example, the choice of elective courses, Minor programs, internships, or work experience), you might be considered for admission to a bridging program (pre-master)
  • Successfully completing the pre-master program grants access to the public administration master’s program


Master of Science in Public Administration

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Leiden University

Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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