Public Administration

During the Master's programme in Public Administration at Radboud University, you study the functioning and structure of organisations in and around public administration. The Master's programme prepares you to become a public manager: someone who uses their wide scope of knowledge regarding the functioning and organisation of the government to provide solutions regarding both internal organisational problems and governmental social policy issues. Within the Master's Public Administration, you have a choice between four Master's specialisations.


  • Policy Analysis and Consulting

    Society has to deal with complex problems, to tackle these problems governments formulate and implement policy. Framing and knowledge are important policy formation and analysis. In this specialization you learn how policy controversies can be constructively addressed.

  • Governance of Safety and Security

    How do governments, politics, the media and citizens deal with safety and security? Study the design and implementation of security and crisis management policies and critically analyze safety and security policy.

  • Governance and management of local affairs

    Many global problems like the climate crisis, energy transition and refugee crisis come to play at the local level. Local governments face complex societal issues in which organization and governance questions arise in how to handle these.

  • European Union Governance and Politics | Public Administration

    How can the effectiveness of EU policy be ensured? How does the EU engage with societal actors, and what effect does this have on the EU's legitimacy? This multidisciplinary Master's equips you with cutting-edge insights from public administration and political science to tackle questions like these.


When your education background does not grant you direct admission to the Master's programme in Public Administration, you can, in some cases, enrol in a pre-Master's programme. A pre-Master’s programme is (usually) a one-year programme (60 EC’s) especially designed to bridge the gap between your prior education and our Master’s in Public Administration. Finishing one of these programmes grants direct access to the Master’s programme.

  • Pre-Master's Bestuurskunde

    In some cases, a student’s study programme may prevent them from being granted direct admission to the Master’s programme in Public Administration. If they successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme, they will be granted direct admission.