Master in Public Administration

University of Minho - School of Economics and Management

Program Description

Master in Public Administration

University of Minho - School of Economics and Management

Justification and Purpose

One of the biggest problems pinpointed within the scope of the Portuguese Public Administration, including all spheres of action, is the lack of qualified human resources capable of performing efficiently and effectively the management of Public Services and Public Companies at different organisational levels.

The current financial constraints, the search for excellence in services’ provision units and the challenge of offering new alternate solutions envisaging the full satisfaction of social needs do require other than routinary practices and systematic improvisations. Indeed, most public professionals, holding management /leadership positions and holding specific theoretical training, still struggle with continuous problems of insufficient knowledge in public administration and in public policies.

In this context, this is a comprehensive and innovative project that endows students with in-depth theoretical and methodological skills. Therefore, it envisages to:

  • Prepare specialised professionals in Administrative Sciences and Management of Public Services, State Business Sector and Third Sector Organisations;
  • Stimulate the development of a new public management mindset taking into account the current demands of the public provision of services.

Whilst being based upon two fields of expertise ("Specialisation in Public Administration and Public Policy" and "Specialisation in Government and Local Administration", respectively), this course provides in-depth knowledge in various scientific fields of the Administrative Sciences and allows students to strengthening soft skills, in the course unit of "Methodology and Transversal Skills", or in the numerous activities promoted by EEG.

No matter the field of expertise, the programme is structured in three semestres, which corresponds to 100 ECTS. It constitutes a unique opportunity of acquiring or updating knowledge and skills deemed mandatory for current and future public managers. Holders of this Master Programme will be highly qualified to deal with multiple audiences and to face the complex challenges of modern public management.

Do you wish to improve your knowledge and skills in the public management related area and enhance widely your career? The Master Programme in Public Administration is the right choice.

This school offers programs in:
  • Portuguese (Portugal)
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
3 semesters
Full time
Start date Oct. 2017
Portugal Braga
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Duration 3 semesters
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