Masters in Public Administration

Public administration is concerned with the implementation of governmental policy that serves the wide population, carrying political activity and decision into actions and developing public programmes for the well-being of the society and the citizens. The aims of public administration are linked to democratic values like equality, security and justice.

Public administration makes use of several other disciplines such as: organisational behaviour and theory, finances, human resources, politics, law and even ethics and philosophy. Comparable to business administration, public administration distinguishes itself through the non-profit orientation of the administrative activity. Like an MBA, a Master in Public Administration (MPA) is vital for students willing to pursue successful careers in the public sector, working in governmental institutions, departments and agencies.

After pursuing a course degree in public administration, graduates should be able to analyse the nature and the causes of social problems, understand interests and values of various stakeholders, design solutions to problems and implement or mediate the implementation of the solution.

Graduates of a public administration degree can follow the following careers: charity officer, civil service administrator, local government officer, social researcher, education or health care administrator, public affairs/administration consultant, urban planner, budget analyst, labour relation specialist.

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Suggested Master's Programmes

Public Administration (Mid-Career) Master Public Administration (Mid-Career)
  • Any time
  • National $ 47,068 per year
  • International $ 47,068 per year
  • 12 months

The one-year Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career) program from Harvard Kennedy School is an intensive 8-credit program that enhances the knowledge and skills of established, high-performing professionals who are looking to move up in their public service careers or transition from the private sector to leadership positions in the public or nonprofit sectors.

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Public and Municipal Administration Master Public and Municipal Administration
  • Sep 2017
  • Not specified
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The Master of Public and Municipal Administration degree from Kimep University requires 48 credits of coursework for students new to the field or a minimum of 36 credits for students with significant experience in public management and/or KIMEP graduates. The program includes 42 credits of required component courses, 6 credits of concentration and electives courses.

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Public Administration / International Development Master Public Administration / International Development
  • Any time
  • National $ 47,068 per year
  • International $ 47,068 per year
  • 24 months

The two-year Master in Public Administration / International Development Program from Harvard Kennedy School is designed to train the next generation of practitioners and leaders in the field of international development.

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Public Administration (Mid-Career, Edward S. Mason Program) Master Public Administration (Mid-Career, Edward S. Mason Program)
  • Any time
  • National $ 47,068 per year
  • International $ 47,068 per year
  • 12 months

The Mid-Career Master in Public Administration Edward S. Mason Program (Mason Program) is the Harvard Kennedy School’s flagship international program. Each year, approximately 80 demonstrated leaders from developing, newly industrialized and transitional economy countries participate in this intensive one-year master’s degree program designed to prepare them to address the world’s most compelling development challenges.

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Population and Development Master Population and Development
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA $ 4,220 per year
  • International $ 4,220 per year
  • 24 months

The main aim of the "Population and Development" programme at National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) is to train the specialists who will be ready for practical development problems solution.

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Public Administration:  Public Sector Management and Leadership Master Public Administration: Public Sector Management and Leadership
  • Aug 2017
  • National $ 24,804 per year
  • International $ 24,804 per year
  • 24 months

The Public Administration: Public Sector Management and Leadership option within California State University Northridge 's MPA program develops and enhances management skills, enabling graduates to function more effectively within all types of public organizations.

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Public Administration M.Sc. Public Administration
  • Feb 2017
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 1,906 per year
  • International € 10,581 per year
  • 12 months

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.

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Economic Policy M.Sc. Economic Policy
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 1,951 per year
  • International € 15,330 per year
  • 12 months

In this one-year, English-taught Master's programme in Economics, you will analyse and evaluate government policy and management.

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MIHMEP - International Health Care Management Economics and Policy Master MIHMEP - International Health Care Management Economics and Policy
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 24,000 per year
  • International € 24,000 per year
  • 12 months

The Master of International Health Care Management, Economics and Policy (MIHMEP) is a one-year, full-time program in English, aimed at professionals who aspire to take on challenges of global management roles within the health care sector, whether it's private industry (pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies), government and international organizations or health care providers.

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Pós-Graduação em Administração Master Pós-Graduação em Administração
  • Any time
  • Not specified
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O Programa de Pós-Graduação em Administração (PPGA) da FEA-USP inclui os cursos de Mestrado e Doutorado. O PPGA se situa entre os melhores programas nacionais de pós-graduação em administração, conforme conceito atribuído pela Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior do Ministério da Educação (CAPES).

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Governance M.A. Governance
  • Any time
  • EEA € 11,850
  • International € 11,850
  • 12 months

This one year taught degree program offers students an in-depth look at key issues of Governance, and enables students to choose from a variety of elective courses addressing the most pressing themes being discussed throughout Europe. The Governance program is offered at European Public Law Organization.

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Economics and Management of the Public Sector Master Economics and Management of the Public Sector
  • Oct 2016
  • EEA € 1,343 per year
  • International € 1,343 per year
  • 24 months

This two-year Economics and Management of the Public Sector Master programme, belonging to the class ‘Public Administration Sciences’ (LM-63), taught at the Free University of Bozen - Bolzano aims to create professionals who will be able to react to the new demands for efficiency, efficacy and economy in complex administrative structures. It is based on a multidisciplinary approach and provides students with transversal analytical skills.

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