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Utrecht University Master of Science in Research in Public Administration and Organisational Science
Utrecht University

Master of Science in Research in Public Administration and Organisational Science

Utrecht, Netherlands

2 Years


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EUR 2,209 / per year



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This challenging two-year program focuses on key issues of Public Administration and Organisation Theory. The program offers an in-depth investigation of societal problems and critical challenges faced by organizations - government agencies, not for profits, citizen groups, form - involved in public value creation. You will investigate these challenges, analyze how public organizations deal with each challenge, and begin to form theories about what is required to make policies work.

Challenges of Public Governance

Climate change, porous borders, the knowledge economy, infectious diseases, Artificial 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 analyze 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 international 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 organizations in the broadest sense of the word.

Program Offered by Four Universities

This Master's degree is a joint program offered by four Dutch universities: Utrecht University, Tilburg University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The participating institutes belong to the best Public Administration and Organisation Science research groups in Europe. Their multidisciplinary, international faculty offer state-of-the-art insights about public sector governance, management, and policy. All courses are taught in English. Most of them are delivered at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG), located in the heart of Utrecht.

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