Public Administration and Organisational Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
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Explore core issues in public administration and Organisational science. This Public Administration and Organisational Science master programme offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam prepares you for a career as a researcher, management consultant, or policy advisor.


This Public Administration and Organisational Science master programme is offered at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Gain in-depth knowledge about societal problems and challenges of public organizations. Combine theories of public administration, Organisational science, and management with in-depth training in research methods. We focus on the challenges that governments nowadays face, such as mediatization, ageing, declining trust in the government, and societal fragmentation. We also analyze challenges within public organisations, such as management-professional conflicts and the role of risk when innovating. With a research master you are one step ahead of other job seekers when applying for positions in research, consultancy or policy advice.

Explore core issues in Public Administration and Organisational Science. This master programme prepares you for a career as a researcher, management consultant, or policy advisor.

A changing climate, porous borders, the knowledge economy, the internet of things. 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. As a student of this research master you will analyse how such initiatives help governments cope with the challenges of modernity.

Private, civil society groups and the public sector have the shared responsibility to tackle these modern challenges. Your study of the public domain and the critical issues in that domain will therefore focus on public organisations in the broadest sense of the word.

Why study a Research Master in Public Administration in Rotterdam?

This programme is a collaboration with Utrecht University, Tilburg University, VU University Amsterdam, Radboud University and the University of Twente. The lecturers have an excellent track record in public administration and organisational science. Unique about this two-year master programme is the intensive interaction between professors and students, personal attention and a focus on tracks for both research and consultancy/public policy advice.

About the programme Research Master Public Administration and Organisational Science

The research Master in Public Administration and Organisational Science comprises three pillars. The first pillar contains the core theoretical themes in the fields of Public Administration and Organisation Science, such as public policy, public management, bureaucracy and public service, and human resource management. These courses connect classic theories to cutting edge research. Students both develop knowledge about theories and learn to apply them in research. It offers room to develop your personal interests through a tailor-made tutorial.

The second pillar consists of a broad range of philosophy of science and research methods courses. These courses will focus both on high control designs such as experimental and survey research as on low control designs such as case studies and field research. The programme will provide you with the broad basis that is needed for researchers in this field. We offer various choices in this pillar so that you can choose the modules that are most valuable to you.

The third pillar consists of both applied and fundamental research projects, resulting in a (smaller) group thesis at the end of the first year and a (larger) individual thesis at the end of the second year. A policy-oriented research project typically involves a specific organisation or policy problem. The aim of the project is to offer advice on a current issue, and this requires you to conduct research in a real-life setting. A theory-oriented research project involves the writing of an academic article or the formulation of a detailed PhD proposal, which can serve as the basis for a future PhD project.

This Master’s programme prepares you for a range of careers in which theoretically informed analysis and critical assessment of research findings are essential requirements. You may continue with a PhD programme starting an academic career. But you are also well-positioned for roles at research institutes, think tanks, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Also, a significant number of our graduates go on to careers in consulting firms.

Towards an academic career

This programme provides students with a thorough preparation for an academic career by facilitating research within the context of university research programmes and facilitating internships and research for external parties.

Towards a professional career

After finishing this programme, you can be a:

  • Academic researcher;
  • Consultant;
  • Applied researcher.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Philosophy of science
  • Designing research in social sciences
  • Applied research track
  • Research and master thesis track

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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Academic Requirements

Candidates for the Research Master’s Programme must hold one of the following degrees:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration; 
  • An (inter)national Bachelor's Degree or a one-year (inter)national Master's Degree or a Dutch or University College Utrecht (UCU) Bachelor's Degree in one of the related disciplines:
    • General Social Sciences
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Social Sciences
    • Human Resource Management 
    • Organisational Science
    • Cultural Anthropology
    • Communication
    • Policy Studies,
    • Business Administration

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    14500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 EUR per year and a duration of 24 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.


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