This challenging two-year programme focuses on key issues of Public Administration and Organisation Science. The programme offers an in-depth investigation of societal problems and critical challenges faced by organisations - government agencies, not-for-profits, citizen groups - involved in public value creation. You will investigate these challenges, analyse how public organisations deal with each challenge, and develop an understanding of what is required to make policies work.

Challenges of public governance

Climate change, porous borders, the knowledge economy, infectious diseases, Artifical Intelligence. The world is changing at an unprecedented pace, throwing up tantalizing opportunities as well as wicked problems for the way in which we govern our societies. Public administrators respond to these challenges in a variety of ways: they initiate reforms to make public management less bureaucratic and more accountable, they activate and enable citizens, they help businesses become more competitive while enhancing social responsibility, and they support civil society initiatives to provide voluntary community services. You will analyse how such initiatives help governments cope with these complex challenges.

These complex challenges are no longer the sole responsibility of government institutions. Private, not-for-profit and hybrid organizations as well as civil society groups are increasingly involved in creating value in the public domain and performing what previously were considered public tasks. Public governance thus not only takes place in national political institutions but also at local, regional and internationals levels of government, in multi-actor, multi-sectoral networks, and at the headquarters of large companies. Your study of the public domain and the critical issues in that domain will therefore focus on public organisations in the broadest sense of the word.

You’ve got the necessary experience to find your way into the fields of policy making, consultancy, research and beyond
Evert Schot

After graduation

Through this intensive Master’s programme, you will gain the theoretical knowledge and methodological skills to analyse organizational and governance processes, such as strategic management, policy design and delivery, citizen engagement, public accontability, institutional learning. Our programme will also help you understand and analyse the classic questions of Public Administration and Organization Science as they are playing out in contemporary contexts. It will provide you with the tools to identify, analyse, and design effective intervention strategies. Your studies will prepare you for a career in research, consultancy, government and the public sector at large. Your key selling point will be your analytical and methodological skills, your firm grounding in different bodies of theory and research, your writing and presentation skills, and your hands-on experience with designing and conducting projects. Read more about the career prospects.

  • You get the freedom to study your own topics of interest
  • Jurriaan Jacobs
    Expertly flagging bottlenecks and points for improvement


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Research in Public Administration and Organizational Science (research)
  • Programme: Research in Public Administration and Organisational Science
Accredited by the NVAO
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Part- or full-time status:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
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Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 April
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
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Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance