Public Administration and Organizational Science

Master of Science (MSc) in Public Administration and Organizational Science

Explore core issues in public administration and organizational science. This master programme prepares you for a career as a researcher, management consultant, or policy advisor.

This unique two-year Program provides you with state-of-the art knowledge on Public Administration and Organizational Science. 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 organizations, such as management-professional conflicts and the role of risk when innovating. There is a need for professionals who can research and solve such issues.

Gain in-depth knowledge about societal problems and challenges of public organizations. Combine theories of public administration, organizational science, and management with in-depth training in research methods. With a research master you are one step ahead of other job seekers when applying for positions in research, consultancy or policy advice.

Why study a Research Master in Public Administration in Rotterdam?

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

Career opportunities 

This master programme prepares you for an career in the field of Public Administration and Organizational Sciences. After graduation you can work as a consultant or policy advisor at public, non-profit and for-profit organisations. Interested in research? This master is the perfect start for a career as  researcher (such as via a PhD).


  • Core themes and modern classics - Public Administration
  • Core themes and modern classics - Public Management & Organization
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Statistics and Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Research Strategy and Design
  • Survey Research
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Social Transformations and Public Governance
  • Qualitative Data Collection
  • Research Seminar: Academic Practice and Research Reporting

Mode of education 

We prepare students for the further practice of public administration and organizational science research either in the form of policy-oriented research PhD research. We accept max. 15 students. This guarantees you will work in small groups and there will be plenty of room for individual feedback.

Target audience

Are you interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of Public Administration and Organization Science? Do you want to investigate social problems, critical challenges and offer evidence-based policy advice? The master Research in Public Administration and Organizational Science is the right choice for you.

Admission criteria

Applicants should have basic knowledge of core issues in the research area of Public Administration and Public Organisations. We are looking for students with an honours degree, or in-depth knowledge of theory and research in the domain and proven excellence in conducting research at bachelor’s degree level.


Do you meet the requirements? If you have a non-Dutch diploma, you start your application in the EUR Admissions Portal. If you have a Dutch secondary education diploma, your application starts in Studielink. Please note: an International or European Baccalaureate is a non-Dutch diploma, even if it is obtained in the Netherlands!

For most programmes, Studielink opens in October prior to your starting year. For programmes with a selective admission a different procedure may be applicable.

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