Public Administration is the study of administration, organization and politics.
The Master’s programme in Public Administration develops analytical skills through the use of relevant theories of organization and institutions. You will also learn how to design suitable research methods to study current complex governance and policy issues and their implications.
- How does policies and governance impact administrative performance and quality of service?
- How do we measure and study good governance?
This is a political science master’s programme that combines organizational theory and a unique understanding of public administration. We draw on theoretical and empirical research on formal organizations, and look at the relationship between organizations and individuals and organizations and their environments.
The ability to understand organizations in a political context is sought after in many different industries and fields of research.
The Department of Administration and Organization Theory is friendly, international, and not too big. As a master’s student, you will be part of the research environment. You can study in the department’s reading rooms, and you will be included in a research group where you can join events, discussions and get to know the other scientific staff.
With an MPA, you will have developed your analytical skills through scientific work and presentations – particularly when it comes to organizational issues, democracy, politics, administration and service delivery.
You can work with organizational design and leadership, management in public administration, private firms and voluntary organizations. You will also be able to give advice on organizational and policy issues in the private and public sectors.
Our alumni work in a variety of positons, such as
- National coordinator for an NGO
- University Union Project Manager
- Government undersecretary
- Senior Human Resources Officer
The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and starts in the autumn. Most students conduct some form of fieldwork for their master’s project.
- AORG320B Organization Theory (10 ECTS)
- AORG322B Public Policy (10 ECTS)
- AORG323B Qualitative Methods (10 ECTS)
Elective “state of the art”- courses, choose one:
- AORG325 Discretion and paternalism (10 ECTS)
- AORG326 Political Organization and Multilevel Governance (10 ECTS)
- AORG327 Knowledge, Politics and Organization (10 ECTS)
- AORG328 Leadership in Organizational and Cultural Contexts (10 ECTS)
A supervisor is appointed for your master’s project.
Third and fourth semester
- writing your master’s thesis (AORG351, 60 ECTS)
An undergraduate degree or bachelor’s degree of 3-4 years’ duration, or an equivalent educational background.
The degree must include 1,5 years (80-90 ECTS) of full-time studies in relevant courses such as:
- Political Science or related subjects
- Public Administration
- Organization Theory
The degree must include a minimum of 10 ECTS in social science methods.
Admission is competitive; you should have obtained a minimum grade of 2nd Class Upper Division, grade B or the equivalent to be able to compete for a place of study.
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