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Public Administration

University of Bergen

24 months
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The Public Administration degree offered by the University of Bergen develops analytical skills through the use of relevant theories of organization and institutions.


Key facts

You will also learn how to design suitable research methods to study current complex governance and policy issues and their implications.  

  • How does policies and governance impact administrative performance and quality of service?
  • How do we measure and study good governance? 

This is a Public Administration degree offered by the University of Bergen that combines organizational theory and a unique understanding of public administration. We draw on theoretical and empirical research on formal organizations, and look at the relationship between organizations and individuals and organizations and their environments.

The ability to understand organizations in a political context is sought after in many different industries and fields of research.

The Department of Administration and Organization Theory is friendly, international, and not too big. As a master’s student, you will be part of the research environment. You can study in the department’s reading rooms, and you will be included in a research group where you can join events, discussions and get to know the other scientific staff. 


With an Master’s programme in Public Administration at the University of Bergen, you will have developed your analytical skills through scientific work and presentations - particularly when it comes to organizational issues, democracy, politics, administration and service delivery.

You can work with organizational design and leadership, management in public administration, private firms and voluntary organizations. You will also be able to give advice on organizational and policy issues in the private and public sectors.

Our alumni work in a variety of positions, such as

  • National coordinator for an NGO
  • University Union Project Manager
  • Government undersecretary
  • Senior Human Resources Officer

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Organization Theory 
  • Public Policy
  • Qualitative Methods 
  • Discretion and paternalism
  • Political Organization and Multilevel Governance 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

n order to apply for the Master's Programme in Public Administration you need a bachelor's degree of 3-4 years' duration, or an equivalent educational background. 

The degree must include 1,5 years (80-90 ECTS) of full-time studies in relevant courses such as:

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

The degree must include a minimum of 10 ECTS in social science methods.

Tuition Fee

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The semester fee is NOK 590

Living costs for Bergen

10362 - 16828 NOK /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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