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Public Administration (MSc)

Admission and Application

If you are not eligible for the master's programme Public Administration you may be admitted to the pre-master. Find out if you are eligible for the pre-master and how to apply below.

Diploma requirements

Holders of one of the following degrees may be admitted to the bridging programme, provided that they meet the language requirements as described under the general admission criteria of the master’s programme Public Administration.

  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s diploma with at least 25 EC in Public Administration relevant courses;
  • And results from previous education that give sufficient confidence that the person concerned can successfully complete the Pre-master’s and the Master’s programme. A certified grade list from the completed Bachelor’s programme that demonstrates an unrounded weighted average grade of at least 7.0 used as is the criterion for sufficient confidence.

In exceptional circumstances, the Board of Admissions can admit persons to the programme who do not meet the above mentioned requirements if a substantial and relevant work experience can clearly demonstrate the person’s capability to successfully complete the premaster’s and master’s program. A resume and explication demonstrating the relevance of the work experience for the programme will be the basis of the decision

You can find the application deadlines on the general admission and application - admission deadlines page here.

For the required documents please refer to the general admission and application - required documents page here.

Please note that: In addition to the required documents, all applicants to the Pre-master's Programme need to fill in and upload this Registration form to indicate the Pre-master's programme of their choice. 

Please note that: in addition to the general required documents, applicants to the pre-master's programme of Public Administration also need to send in their resume (C.V.) and explication letter if they do not meet the requirement of an unrounded weighted average grade of at least 7.0.

Please only apply for either the master’s programme or the pre-master based on the admission requirements. The admissions committee will inform you in case:

  • You have applied for the master but you cannot be admitted directly. You will still get the chance to apply for the pre-masters.
  • You have applied for the pre-master but you are considered to be directly admitted to the masters.

For further information on the application procedure, please check the general application - application procedure page here

Please refer to the general admission and application - tuition fees page here.

Please refer to the general admission and application - prepare for your studies page here.

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