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Examining Board Public Administration

The Public Administration Examining Board makes decisions about access to the degree programme and monitors the quality of the exams. This page provides practical information about the most common requests. No rights can be derived from this page. We discuss the following topics here:

Who are the people on the Examining Board?

  • Berry Tholen (chair)
  • Sandra Resodihardjo (secretary)
  • Stijn van Voorst
  • Reini Schrama
  • Carmen Verduijn

What is the correct procedure for a request to the Examining Board?

  • A formal request must be submitted in a formal letter on paper with a signature and clearly state your name, student number, and address information. If necessary, this scanned letter can be sent to the Examining Board by e-mail. The correct appendices, such as a printout of an OSIRIS grade list with a request for an additional exam opportunity, must be added to the letter. The Examining Board does not accept anonymous requests. The letter must be addressed to the secretary of the Examining Board.
  • In all cases, it is wise to first contact the student advisor, who can inform you about the precise regulations and the chances of success for a request.
  • Contact details: 
    Public Administration Examining Board 
    A.O. the Secretarial Office: Department of Public Administration, room EOS N 02.212 
    Radboud University, Nijmegen School of Management 
    Postbox 9108 6500 HK Nijmegen 
    T: (024) 361 27 54
    E: evelien.born@ru.nl(T.A.O. the Secretary)

What does the Examining Board make decisions about?

The Examining Board decides on:

  1. Exemptions: upon request, the Examining Board can grant students an exemption for a course, if the course with comparable content and difficulty has been completed elsewhere. More information about applying for exemptions can be found under the separate header below.
  2. Admission to the programme: requests for admission to the programme must in principle be submitted via the digital OSIRIS system. If necessary, these types of requests are automatically submitted to the Examining Board so that their content can be assessed. More information about admission requests can be found under the separate heading below.
  3. Fraud cases: if a lecturer suspects that fraud or plagiarism has been committed, they are obliged to report this to the Examining Board. The Examining Board will then conduct an investigation into whether fraud has actually been committed.
  4. Diploma pickup: if you, due to an extraordinary circumstance, are unable to attend your graduation ceremony, you can request that you receive your diploma from the front desk. Submit your request to the Examining Board, stating the reason why you cannot attend the ceremony.

Rules and guidelines

Click here (pdf, 98 kB) to open a document in which you can read everything you need to know about the rules and guidelines regarding the Examining Board.

Who can I ask my questions to?

The student advisor is the first point of contact for questions about the procedures. Submitting a request is exclusively for the purpose of requesting a decision from the Examining Board.

What does the Examining Board use to make its decisions?

The Examining Board makes a decision based on the Education and Examination Regulations (EER). If situations are not specifically described in the EER, the Public Administration Examining Board has developed its own policy, which it applies consistently.

When can I be admitted to the Master's programme?

In order to be admitted, you must describe your motivations for participating in the programme, as well as why you are a suitable candidate to do so, in writing. The admission requirements can be found on the website.

When am I entitled to exemptions?

  • You are entitled to an exemption if you have previously taken courses containing content that is comparable to that of a public administration course that you have not yet taken.
  • In the letter, you must clearly indicate the specific course you want an exemption from as well as the course you have taken that qualifies you for this exemption (“I am requesting an exemption from course A, because I successfully completed course B”). For this reason, a formal decision on the exemption can only be made after course B has been successfully completed. The Examining Board does not make conditional decisions, e.g. “If you complete course B, then you will receive an exemption.” A request must be accompanied by proof that a course has actually been completed. Proof of registration is not sufficient for this purpose.
  • The Examining Board must be able to properly gauge the content of the course on which any right you have to exemption will be based. This is done in consultation with the lecturer for the course for which you have requested an exemption. For this reason, add information such as a copy of the prospectus information, syllabus, and literature list.
  • If you want to be admitted to the Pre-Master’s and have taken courses at the university level that are equivalent to one or more courses of the Pre-Master’s, you can request an exemption for the relevant courses. You can apply for this exemption online via the OSIRIS application, at the same time as your digital application for admission to the Pre-Master's.
  • The Examining Board does not grant exemptions based on courses completed at the HBO level.

When am I entitled to an additional exam opportunity?

In each academic year, all students have two opportunities to complete a course. If you do not pass the first time (for whatever reason), you are able to take the examination a second time. If you do not pass the second time, then in principle, you will have to take the course again during the next academic year. Will there be major consequences for you if you do not successfully complete a course? In that case, the Examining Board may decide to grant you an additional examination opportunity. When doing so, the Examining Board will review the relevant circumstances and consider the consequences of not passing the course. The Examining Board will discuss this with the student advisor. It is therefore always advisable to report circumstances that have affected your ability to pass an examination to the student advisor.

An additional exam opportunity can only be requested if both exam opportunities have taken place within one academic year. As such, there is no reason to request an additional exam opportunity at an earlier stage in the process (e.g. if you missed the first exam opportunity because you were ill). The Examining Board will not go against decisions made by the Binding Study Advice committee. This means that it will not grant any additional examination opportunities once a student has received a negative BSA as a result of not successfully completing a course in their first academic year.

Where can I find the rules and guidelines of the Public Administration Examining Board?

The rules and guidelines of the Public Administration Examining Board can be found here (pdf, 140 kB).