MSc in International Public Management and Policy

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Program Description

MSc in International Public Management and Policy

Erasmus University Rotterdam - Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

International Public Management and Policy

Master of Science (MSc) in International Public Management and Policy

The Master programme in International Public Management and Policy focuses on the increasingly international nature of public management and public policy-making.

Public policy has gone international: organisations such as the EU and the UN are growing in importance. Master the theories, concepts and skills you need to work effectively in this time of increasing internationalisation; tackle global issues such as international conflict, poverty, migration, environmental protection and corruption. Build a career with a public or private sector organisation!

Erasmus University Rotterdam is a top university in a city that is “the gateway to Europe”. Our top-notch faculty are active in the field of public administration, political science, international relations, and European integration and regularly participate in policy debates.

Why study a Master in International Public Management and Policy in Rotterdam?

  • Multi-level focus: dealing with public management and public policy on the national, EU and international levels;
  • Study at one of the largest public administration departments in Europe;
  • A closely supervised individual research project is part of the programme;
  • A study trip to international organisations and European institutions;
  • Emphasis on professional development;
  • The opportunity to interact intensively with an international student group and academics with strong international reputations.

About the programme

Many collective problems of our times, such as climate change, terrorism, corruption, poverty and inequality, have an international character. To deal effectively with these and similar problems, nation-states need to increase their own capacities through regulatory and administrative reform, need to learn from each other, and need to collaborate in international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union.

MSc in International Public Management and Policy (IMP) is a one-year graduate program that seeks to make students aware of the increasingly multinational and international nature of public management and public policy-making; to provide them with the scientific theories, concepts, and tools needed for analysing this international multi-level 'space', and to equip them with knowledge and experiences relevant to public careers with international dimension.

International Public Management and Policy a truly international programme. The infographic below shows all nationalities of the admitted programme applicants of the year 2015-2016.


The curriculum of the Master programme in International Public Management and Policy is built in a way that enables you to learn about the concepts, tools and theories that are needed for analysing complex, multi-level and international issues with the eventual goal of being able to support overcoming trans-border challenges.

The programme is composed of 4 blocks and offers you a varied set of modules, seminars, simulations, working group sessions, and a series of guest lectures. The programme includes an extensive professional development component. You will visit international and European institutions in Geneva and in Brussels to get familiar with their work. You will also get basics of negotiation skills during our negotiation simulation, conducted by internationally-renowned specialists. We also organise sessions with professional coaches to help you prepare for job search – from basics such as how to pitch yourselves in networking, to CV training, to LinkedIn presence.

Mode of education

Each core course is composed of a series of lectures, sometimes accompanied by small-scale tutorials. The lectures present the main theoretical and empirical insights about the topic of the course. In the tutorials, students learn to analyse and apply these insights by discussing and presenting various assignments in small groups.

Career opportunities

After completing this Master programme you will be able to:

  • Understand the increasingly international nature of public management and policy;
  • understand international developments from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • analyse international ‘space’ by applying up to date theories and concepts;
  • gain the tools to operate effectively in an international environment.

The Master programme is an academic (scientific) programme and is highly relevant for those who seek employment in the increasingly wide range of jobs that are associated with the internationalisation of public management and policy. This includes jobs at both the international and the national level, such as:

  • international organizations,
  • the EU,
  • government ministries and agencies,
  • local authorities,
  • international NGOs,
  • multinational companies,
  • consultancy firms,
  • think tanks, and
  • research institutes.

The graduates may become policy officials, policy advisors, consultants, managers in international organisations, lobbyists or project leaders.


Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor or undergraduate degree from a research university in the following fields of studies:

  • Public Administration;
  • Political Science;
  • European Studies;
  • International Relations.

Applicants with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Business Administration, Sociology or other social sciences, as well as Law or History, may also be eligible to apply if they have an international orientation and affinity with the public sector, e.g., by having had courses in the bachelor curriculum related to public sector, international relations and/or European governance. Applicants who do not have sufficient knowledge of the mentioned topics might need to do a pre-module before entering the programme.

Please note that applicants with a Bachelor’s in Law or History, however, also need to provide evidence that they are familiar with social science methodology.

Please have a look here for additional information on your prior education. If you are in doubt about whether your qualification is suitable, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Proof of proficiency in the English language

The test score report should be taken no longer than 2 years before the application.

Language Test Minimum Score Minimum Sub-scores
TOEFL (our TOEFL ID Code 5971) 90 (internet based) 20
IELTS 6.5 6.0
CEF (Common European Framework) C1-level -
Cambridge EFL (English as a Foreign Language) Examinations CAE level B; CPE level C -


You might be exempted from presenting English language proficiency proof if:

  • You are a native English speaker (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 an 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.

Motivation and international orientation

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 Admission 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated March 15, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
1 year
Full time
14,300 EUR
(Non EU/EEA) €2002 EU
Netherlands - Rotterdam, South Holland
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