Erasmus University Rotterdam

Management of Governance Networks, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English


The Management of Governance Networks programme is offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The programme offers a varied set of modules, seminars, working group sessions, and a series of guest lectures by internationally well-known scholars in which the main theoretical bodies of knowledge on governance are presented.

Mode of education

The programme provides courses and training in real-life settings giving an opportunity to learn and practice scientific and managerial skills. The courses provide the most recent theoretical and empirical insights in governance and are given by leading scholars in the field. The practical skills are developed through governance labs, working group sessions and seminars. Inspirational guest lectures enable a knowledge and experience transfer from the experts in the field.

In the Master programme of Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam you learn how to manage complex societal problems within the public sector.

How to reconstruct a city centre? What are the opportunities for the management of migration flows, and how to prevent discrimination and to promote contact and cohesion in culturally diverse societies? Questions like these are dealt with in contemporary public sector.

In our globalized and complex network society there is an increasing need for experts who demonstrate analytical skills, connective leadership, entrepreneurial attitudes and a strong ethical compass to achieve innovative solutions for societal problems. The Master programme in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on the research, analysis and management of societal issues.

What is this specialisation about?

How to tackle wicked societal problems like public safety, health issues (obesity), crime and unemployment? How can collaboration challenges be managed, in order to reconstruct a city centre, to construct a new transport corridor or to expand a harbor or airport? How can governments deal with protests against the location of asylum center, address air pollution or provide complex public services in care, or public transportation? These issues are dealt with in complex networks of actors. These networks are characterized by value differences between stakeholders, and the search for adequate, tailor made solutions. Are you interested in complex societal problems and ambitious enough to contribute to solving them? The specialisation Management of Governance Networks at Erasmus University Rotterdam is a challenging programme that enables its graduates to analyse, solve and manage complex societal problems within the public sector.  The cornerstone of the programme is the observation that many of today’s societal challenges for which we seek solutions are very complex. This complexity implies that they:

  • are difficult to understand
  • are characterized by value differences
  • evolve in governance networks

In order to tackle these problems the governance of networks is crucial. This imposes certain requirements on public managers, such as:

  • Scientific skills: to analyse complex issues as well as the processes and networks in which they evolve.
  • New management and leadership skills: to connect actors and resources. Entrepreneurial skills are required to initiate and realize innovative solutions.
  • Ethical skills: to be a trustful and respected broker between different actors with different values.

This programme equips its graduates with the required competencies.

Why choose this programme?
  • A combination of theory and practice: next to lectures you will work in governance labs on solving governmental problems;
  • Education in both analysing and managing complex social problems;
  • Classes by leading scholars in the world of governance;
  • At the department of Public Administration with an excellent reputation in governance and networks in Europe;
  • At the Erasmus University with its attractive modern campus, located in the vital city of Rotterdam. 

The Master programme in Public Administration provides insights, tools and competences that can be applied to governance problems found anywhere in the modern world.

Management of Governance Networks

After completing this specialisation you will be able to identify and analyse complex societal problems. You will be able to function as broker between values and actors that characterize complex societal problems. You are educated to organise and manage the necessary processes to tackle these problems and develop solutions.

After graduation you might consider the following career paths:

  • As a member of a project team that manages the development of large public projects (e.g. a wind mill park, a railway connection or a water engineering project);
  • As a policy advisor or consultant that reflects on the policy of a government dealing with a complex problem like care for vulnerable people, protecting ecological systems and innovative regions;
  • As a government official working on plans for large complex systems like the extension of a city’s port area by sharing knowledge between governmental agencies and private firms;
  • For a non-profit organization, like a housing corporation, a large health care organization, involved in complex projects solving housing or health problems.


This programme holds NVAO accreditation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Dilemmas of modern governance 
  • Media, governance and politics
  • Project (analyzing a governance process
  • Policy Innovation in Complex Systems
  • Managing Interactive Governance
  • Research design
  • Designing effective governance institutions
  • International public management
  • Elective 
  • Governance Lab
  • Master thesis (start)
  • Master thesis (final research project)
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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    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

Prior education

Depending on the specialisation you wish to apply for, you are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree from a research university in the following fields of studies:

All specialisations: Public Administration / Sociology / Political Science / a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree in other disciplines related to public administration and societal processes

Management of Governance Networks: Spatial Planning

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • €2.060 (Statutory fee)
  • €14.500 (Institutional fee: EEA/EU students)
  • €14.500 (Institutional fee: NON-EEA/EU students)
  • Living costs for Rotterdam

    • 760 - 1270 EUR/month
      Living Costs

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


    For the applicants of degree programmes of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam the following funding possibilities are available:

    • Tuition waivers for excellent non-EEA applicants. 
    • Holland Scholarship for excellent non-EEA applicants.

    If you have already obtained a Master's degree in the Netherlands and you are pursuing your second full-time Master programme, you might be eligible for the EUR Excellence Scholarship offered by Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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