MA European Public Affairs

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA European Public Affairs

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

European Public Affairs

The master's programme in European Public Affairs was established in 1999, and is designed to meet the growing need for professionals who have a solid understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of policy-making in Europe. As policy problems transcend national borders and national problem-solving capacities, there is a need for individuals who are familiar with the complexities of Europe and the European Union and who can reformulate intricate problems in manageable and achievable terms.

From the perspectives of political science, law, economics, cultural science and public administration, the programme delves into contemporary policy problems. You will be encouraged to become familiar with national and regional differences within the European territory, and to search out commonalities and paths for integration.

The programme is organised in close cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). EIPA is a professional organisation that provides training, research and consultancy within the field of European affairs. The many lectures and workshops by EIPA professionals underline the practice-oriented approach of the programme and allow you to become familiar with the complexities of transnational policy-making. You will be equipped not only with academic skills, but also the tools that you will need in professional practice.

The programme

  • focuses on Europe, taking cross-national diversity into account, as well as the European Union and its institutions
  • is multi-disciplinary, focusing on contemporary issues in the public domain
  • is research-based and practice-oriented
  • is a one-year master's programme, taught in English
  • is selective, with a maximum of 30 students

EPA graduates may develop their careers in public organizations with European or transnational missions. They may also work as managers and staff analysts in non-profit organisations, in public affairs divisions of private corporations, in private firms or in consulting firms.

Fast facts

European Public Affairs at Maastricht University…

  • is a one-year practice-oriented Master of Arts programme
  • is taught in English
  • has a multi-disciplinary perspective
  • utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning
  • has a majority of international students, representing on average 12 different nationalities
  • focuses on contemporary European issues in the public realm
  • provides the base for a career in European public affairs
  • is taught in cooperation with the European Institute of Public Administration

Summer School

If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the EPA programme must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a relevant academic field, with a certified list of grades and a CV indicating relevant work experience
  • a letter of motivation indicating why you have chosen the European Public Affairs programme at Maastricht University and why you expect that you will be able to complete the programme successfully

For students with a relevant University of Applied Sciences degree (e.g. HBO/Hochschule), or an academic BA or BSc Bachelor in a field that does not grant direct admission into this programme, there is a Pre-master year ("schakeljaar") for this programme.

Language requirements

Non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet the requirement concerning a sufficient command of English by passing one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of at least 6.5 and a writing score of at least 6.5; or
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall score of at least 90 (TOEFL internet), and a writing score of at least 25; or an overall score of 575 (TOEFL paper) or 232 (TOEFL computer) with an equivalent minimum writing score; or
  • A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).

The results of the TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificates must be uploaded before the applicable deadline (May 1, 2016 for NON-EU students and June 1, 2016 for EU students). Results received after this date will not be taken into consideration and therefore your application file will be considered as incomplete. Be aware of the fact that it can take some time before you get the results of the English tests, so plan your test in time! Applicants who are native English speakers and/or have obtained an English-taught bachelor’s degree are exempted from the language proficiency test.

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • a motivation letter (see Admissions requirements)
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a photocopy of your valid passport or EU ID-card
  • a recent passport picture
  • a certified copy of your bachelor certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French)
  • a writing sample, i.e. an essay in English, written by the applicant, either for this application or for earlier studies or other occasions. It is preferable, but not absolutely necessary, that the topic is related to EPA. There are no requirements as to the length of the essay.
  • a copy of your English Language test with sufficient results (see requirements mentioned above)

Please note that only complete application files (including English Language test) will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. The Board will try to respond within 4 weeks.

Students who have not yet completed the bachelor's programme should send a copy of their most recent list of grades with the application. Successful candidates will be admitted on a conditional basis. Before 1 September 2016 we need a certified hard copy of your Bachelor diploma - or at least an official declaration of graduation: stating that you passed all exams successfully and that you obtained the Bachelor degree before or on 31 August 2016. This declaration should mention the official graduation date which should be the same date as the date on the Bachelor Diploma.

Please note that applying for admission to this programme in the academic year 2016/2017 is possible as of 1 October 2015.

Last updated March 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
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Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Maastricht
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR