Master in International Public Management and Policy

Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree from a research university in the following fields of studies:

  • Public Administration;
  • Political Science;
  • European Studies;
  • International Relations.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Business AdministrationSociology or other social sciences, as well as Law or History, may also be eligible to apply if they have an international orientation and affinity with the public sector, e.g., by having had courses in the bachelor curriculum related to public sector, international relations and/or European governance. Applicants who do not have sufficient knowledge of the mentioned topics might need to do a pre-module before entering the programme.

Please note that applicants with a Bachelor’s in Law or History, however, also need to provide evidence that they are familiar with social science methodology.

Please have a look here for additional information on your prior education. If you are in doubt about whether your qualification are suitable, don’t hesitate to contact us

Proof of proficiency in the English language

The test score report should be taken no longer than 2 years before the application.

Language Test

Minimum Score

Minimum Sub-scores

TOEFL (our TOEFL ID Code 5971)*

90 (internet based)





CEF (Common European Framework)



Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Examinations

CAE level B
CPE level C


* Please note that Institutional TOEFL tests are not accepted.

Would you like to take a language test at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)? The language test, based on CEF, organized by the Language & Training Centre of EUR and tailored specially for our applicants can be found here. One of the tests is taking place in May, another one - in June.


You might be exempted from presenting English language proficiency proof if:

  • You are a native English speaker (i.e., a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries and/or
  • You have obtained a diploma of International Baccalaureate (valid for 5 years) and/or
  • You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme).

Please mind that in case you believe that you qualify for exemption you need to present a proof thereof. If you have obtained your diploma of higher education in English we need to see a written proof of it in the form of either a passage in the diploma, grade list, or a letter from the university stating that the language of instruction was English.

Motivation and international orientation

In a reasonable amount of detail (1 A4) explain your motivation by

  • Providing reasons for applying to the programme;
  • Demonstrating relevant knowledge, experience and affinity with the field of studies (also supported by means of your resume);
  • Telling us about your plans for the future. 

Academic performance 

In addition to the credentials mentioned above, the Admission Board will also take into account your academic performance, i.e., your grades. Please note that there is no minimum score or average grade mentioned; your application will be assessed against the pool of applicants of the given year. 

Additional information

Should the admissions criteria mentioned above be too concise, please refer to additional information on this topic.