Master in Public Administration

Prior education

Depending on the specialisation you wish to apply for, 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:

Admission to

Prior education in

All specialisations

Public Administration / Sociology / Political Science / a Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree in other disciplines related to public administration and societal processes

Governance of Migration and Diversity


European Studies / International Relations / Social Geography / Liberal Arts

Management of Governance Networks

Spatial Planning

Please have a look at the additional information regarding 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

Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. Take this into consideration when you think of applying. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your 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? The language test, based on CEF, organised by the Language & Training Centre of Erasmus University Rotterdam and tailored specially for our applicants can be found here. One of the tests is taking place in May, another one - in June, and the information on the page is only updated in spring.


You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency if:

  • You are a native speaker of English (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 for the entire programme.


(only relevant for Management of Governance Networks)

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 Admissions 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.   

Contributing aspects

You may choose to provide the Admissions Board with additional information about yourself by uploading additional documents that you think might contribute to your profile. An example of such documents could be motivation and/ or reference letter. 

Additional information

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