University of Bergen

Public Administration, M.Phil.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The objective of the Master of Philosophy in Public Administration (MPA) from University of Bergen is to enhance the students' ability to conduct independent analyses of organizations, political and administrative structures and processes, and public policy.

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Objectives and content

The objective of the Master of Philosophy in Public Administration (MPA) is to enhance the students' ability to conduct independent analyses of organizations, political and administrative structures and processes, and public policy. The programme strengthens students' analytical skills and provides a comprehensive training in methodology. Participation in various seminars and individual writing ensure that the motivation for and ability to work independently in an academic or a professional setting is enhanced.

The MPA Programme is equivalent to four semesters of study after completion of an undergraduate degree.

The Public Administration programme from University of Bergen is aimed at international self-financed students.

Exchange students under the Erasmus agreement and other guest students who fulfill academic requirements may on application be admitted to one or more courses in the programme.

Programme profile

Public Administration is the study of administration, organization and politics. As a field of study it has a political science orientation with particular emphasis on theories of democracy, organizations and organized action. The programme aims to develop knowledge of and insight into a) the relationship between organizations and individuals, and b) the relationship between organizations and their environments. It draws on theoretical and empirically-based research on formal organizations.

Method

The MPA programme is characterized by pluralism of methodology. The students will be introduced to critical issues in the philosophy of the social sciences and the methodological basis for conducting scientific research. The students will receive training in different research strategies and have the possibility to choose between different methods particularly relevant to the theme and empirical foundation of their thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Organization and Politics
  • Methodology
  • Research Design
  • Research Field
  • Master's Thesis in Public Administration

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

In order to be admitted to the M-Phil programme in Public Administration applicants must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree or Bachelor's degree of 4 years' duration, or have an equivalent educational background. The undergraduate degree must include 1, 5 years of full-time studies in relevant courses such as:

  • Political Science or related subjects
  • Public Administration
  • Organization Theory

All candidates will also be selected on the basis of achievements in previous studies. Minimum 2 nd Class, Upper Division/B or the equivalent is normally required in order to be considered for admission.

Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency 

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Living costs for Bergen

7990 - 8840 NOK/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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