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Public Administration (MSc)

Pre- Master's Programme

The pre-master’s programme helps students remove deficiencies to meet the admission requirements to the master’s programmes of the Institute of Public Administration.

Applicants who are not directly admissible to the master’s programme might be admissible to the pre-master’s programme (see admission requirements). If they complete the pre-master’s programme successfully, they are admissible to the master’s programme.

Facts about the pre - master's programme

•    The pre-master programme is offered twice per academic year: in block 2 (end of October - January) and block 4 (end of March - June).   
•    The start date you choose in Studielink corresponds to the start date on the admission decision. If you are referred to the pre-master’s programme, you can only start in the semester you selected. We cannot issue a new decision for an earlier start date. 
•    The number of credits to obtain is 15.0 ECTS.
•    The pre-master's programme is a full-time programme. We therefore expect participants to be available for forty hours per week.
•    The pre-master programme must be successfully completed within two semesters to be admitted to the master’s programme.
•    The pre-master’s programme cannot be followed at the same time as the corresponding master’s programme.
•    You will not receive a certificate or bachelor’s diploma in Public Administration after successfully completing the pre-master’s courses. You can request a transcript with the Educational Service Centre.

Admission and Application

Check out the Admission and Application page of the pre-master's programme.

  • Do you want to start the Pre-Master Programme at the end of October (Semester 1)? Make sure to apply before 15 May. In case you need a VISA, this deadline is 1 April
  • Do you want to start the Pre-Master Programme at the end of March (Semester 2)? Make sure to apply before 15 November. In case you need a VISA, this deadline is 15 October.

Pre-Master's Courses

More information on the Pre-Master's Programme can be found in the E-Prospectus. For specific questions or extra information you can contact the studyadvisors.

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