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 and Municipal Administration Public and Municipal Administration, Master
  • Sep 2017
  • Not specified
  • Not specified

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 Public Administration, Master
  • Jan 2017
  • May 2017
  • Aug 2017
  • Not specified
  • 30 months

Expand your experience, advance your skillset and become a leader and a pioneer of public service at home or abroad. The Online Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is designed to offer busy public sector professionals the opportunity to progress their careers at national and international levels.

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International Public Administration and Politics International Public Administration and Politics, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 17,400 per year
  • 24 months

The master's programme International Public Administration and Politics (IPAP) at Roskilde University aims to develop highly-skilled professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to act effectively in an increasingly complex border-cross field of public administration and politics. The borders in mind are the borders between the public, private and civil sectors, and between ministerial divisions.

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Public Administration / International Development Public Administration / International Development, MPA/ID
  • 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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Population and Development Population and Development, Master
  • Any time
  • EEA € 3,822 per year
  • International € 3,822 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 (MPA) Public Administration (MPA), Master
  • Any time
  • Not specified
  • 30 months

The 100% online Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Liverpool is designed for professionals in the public and non-profit (NGO) sectors who want to manage and contribute to social change around the globe. Receive a 20% tuition reduction when you start on February 29, 2016.

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Leadership for Change - Politics in Wider Europe Leadership for Change - Politics in Wider Europe, Master
  • Any time
  • EEA € 0 per year
  • International € 12,000 per year
  • 24 months

Master's Degree Programme in Leadership for Change - Politics in Wider Europe offered by University of Tampere enables developing the kind of knowledge and expertise that is needed to explain and understand complex phenomena, become a visionary leader, and to change the world.

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Public Administration - Public Sector Management and Leadership Public Administration - Public Sector Management and Leadership, Master
  • Aug 2017
  • National $ 26,028
  • International $ 26,028
  • 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 Public Administration, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 1,984 per year
  • International € 9,232 per year
  • 12 months

In the Master's programme in Public Administration at Radboud University you study how organisations in and around public administration operate and how they are organised. The Master’s in Public Administration continues on from the Bachelor's in Public Administration, but can also be followed as an independent Master’s after, for example, a Bachelor's programme in History. Graduates of the Master’s in Public Administration can become public manager: someone who can use their extensive knowledge on the workings and structure of the government to put forward solutions for internal organisational problems and social governmental policy issues.

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Public Administration Public Administration, M.Sc.
  • 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 Economic Policy, M.Sc.
  • Sep 2017
  • EEA € 2,006 per year
  • International € 15,167 per year
  • National € 2,006 per year
  • 12 months

This one-year MSc in Economic Policy from Utrecht University will equip you with the skills, mindset and multidisciplinary knowledge, needed to give informed responses to the questions facing contemporary society. You will take courses that combine economic theory with socio-economic policy-making in a small group of students representing diverse academic and cultural backgrounds. This diversity helps to create a learning environment that encourages intense discussion and interaction.

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Public Affairs Public Affairs, Master
  • Any time
  • EEA € 21,000 per year
  • International € 21,000 per year
  • 12 months

The Master in Public Affairs (MPA) is Sciences Po's flagship full-time one-year programme for mid-career professionals interested in public policy and the interaction of public and private sectors. It prepares students for today's policy environment which is co-developed, co-produced and co-managed by empowered individuals.

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