Master's Degree in Government and Public Administration


Program Description

Official Qualification granted by the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP), in collaboration with the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset .

Director: Dr. José Manuel Ruano de la Fuente

Academic Coordinator: Dr. Ricardo García-Vegas

Academic Council: Dr. Antonio López Vega, Dr. Robert Agranoff, Dr. Jesús Ruiz-Huerta, Dr. Joan Subirats, Dr. Fernando Vallespín Oña and Dr. Manuel Villoria.
Title: Master's Degree in Government and Public Administration
Credits: 60 ECTS
Price: 6,600 euros
Duration: October - June
Start date: October 21
Face-to-face modality
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Mention: best master's degree program 2014, 2015 and 2016 according to the ranking of the newspaper El Mundo.

Aimed at university graduates who work or want to start their professional career in areas such as the public sector, third sector organizations, consultancy and technical assistance agencies, the private sector, universities and international organizations. The main objective is to deepen the knowledge of the organization and functioning of a political system; provide the necessary skills for the management of government and public administration; and foster a critical spirit, offering necessary tools to address problems and draw conclusions based on knowledge and experience.

This Master has been verified by the National Agency for the Evaluation of Quality and Accreditation (ANECA), attached to the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. The credits completed in the Master are automatically recognized for access to doctoral studies at any University of the European Higher Education Area.

It allows preferential access to the Doctorate in Economy and Government.


The main objective of the Master's program in Government and Public Administration is to train academics and professionals in the area of institutions, administration and public policies. Students acquire advanced training in Political Science and Administration, oriented to academic and professional specialization, promoting initiation in academic or research tasks.

The Program offers a systematic and deep knowledge of Political Science and Administration to graduates interested in a specialization in those subjects, either for academic or professional purposes. During this Master the great pillars of the Government and the Public Administration are studied. The necessary aspects are presented and examined, from a critical point of view, to face successfully any issue with political and administrative relevance that the students need to solve or deal with. It is about offering a general vision about the decision making process within a political system, and at the same time delving into substantive matters such as public administration or public policies, in order that students perceive and dominate in their complexity.

At the end of the training, the students will have obtained a solid knowledge of the organization and operation of a political and administrative system; and have had the opportunity to make a serious reflection on it and its complexities. The aim is not only that students acquire knowledge and that they are capable of solving problems related to government and public administration, but also that they are capable of issuing critical judgments, drawing conclusions and advancing scientific knowledge.

Students will learn both the methods, techniques and skills necessary for the development of different professions related to government and public administration, as well as the initiation in the techniques of scientific research in the subjects that make up the program.


FIRST QUARTER (October 2019-February 2020)

You must take 30 ECTS credits, 14 corresponding to the two compulsory subjects, and the remaining 16 from among the elective courses offered.

Theory and Practice of Public Policies

Compulsory 1st Quarter. 6 credits

  • Analysis and Evaluation of Public Policies for Development (4 credits)
  • Seminar on methodology (2 credits)

Public Administration and Intergovernmental Relations

Compulsory 1st Quarter. 8 credits

  • Theory and Comparative History of the Public Administration (4 credits)
  • Intergovernmental and Inter-administrative Relations (4 credits)

Political Actors and Political Behavior

Optional. 1st Quarter. 8 credits

  • Behavior and political culture (4 credits)
  • Political parties and political decision structures (4 credits)

Good Government and Citizenship

Optional. 1st Quarter. 8 credits

  • Public Ethics and Institutional Development (4 credits)
  • Theory and public policy (4 credits)

Government, Governance and Governance, Today

Optional. 1st Quarter. 8 credits

  • Governance and new public management paradigms (4 credits)
  • The economic dimension of governance (4 credits)

Institutions and Decision Making: Europe and Latin America

Optional. 1st Quarter. 8 credits

  • Political institutions and governance in comparative perspective: Latin America and Europe (4 credits)
  • Comparative Regional Integration and Public Policies: Europe and Latin America (4 credits)

SECOND QUARTER (March 2020- June 2020)

In this second semester, 30 ECTS credits must be taken, selecting one of the two specialties (15 ECTS credits), and the Master's Thesis (15 ECTS credits):

Specialty in Public Management

Optional. 2nd Semester. 15 credits

  • Strategic Management for Public Administrations (4 credits)
  • Political system and public bureaucracy: human resources management (4 credits
  • Policies, instruments and techniques of development cooperation (3 credits)
  • Theory of Organization and management of quality in the public sector (4 credits)

Specialty in Government and Public Policies

Optional. 2nd Semester. 15 credits

  • Political and administrative analysis (5 credits)
  • Evaluation of contemporary democracy: legitimacy and institutional performance (4 credits)
  • Sectoral Public Policies: social policies and regulatory policies (6 credits)

Master's Thesis

Required. 2nd Semester. 15 credits

Development of the program

The Master's Degree lasts one academic year, starting in October 2019 and ending in June 2020. The inauguration of the academic year will take place in October 2018. To obtain the Master's Degree in Government and Public Administration (60 credits) ECTS), by the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset and the Menéndez Pelayo International University, the student must take 30 credits of the subjects offered in the first semester (from October to February). During the second semester (from March to June), the student will complete the remaining 30 credits, corresponding 15 credits to the chosen specialty between the two offered (Public Management or Government and Public Policies), and another 15 credits corresponding to the Final Work. Master

Students who can not take the Master in the annual period in which it is offered, for justified reasons of a personal and / or professional nature, may qualify for part-time studies. Thus, students can formalize their first enrollment in September, taking the 27 credits that are developed during the first semester (October to February). The second enrollment can be formalized in September of the following year to complete the remaining 33 credits that take place during the second semester (March to June).

Admission requirements

For access to a Master's Degree in Government and Public Administration, it is necessary to hold a university degree or undergraduate degree or another issued by a higher education institution belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

In the case of graduates in educational systems outside the EHEA, they will be admitted without having to approve their qualifications, as long as they accredit a level of training equivalent to the respective official Spanish university degrees, and submit the title issued by their respective countries. access to postgraduate training. This way will not suppose, in no case, the homologation of the title, nor its recognition to other effects that the one of studying the teachings of Máster.

With regard to the area of ​​knowledge of candidates who aspire to pursue the Master of Government and Public Administration, there will be special preference for graduates in the various fields of knowledge related to the subject discipline of study, political science and social sciences; but students (graduates or degree holders), trained in other areas of knowledge in the field of Social and Legal Sciences, may also be admitted, who must accredit basic training in subjects related to the Program. It is important to have a good level of English as a subject is taught in this language.

The admission criteria for candidates who meet these basic requirements are described below:

  • Academic qualification of access. The level of adaptation of the degree studies to the contents of the Master is assessed.15%
  • Academic record: The average grade of the academic record is taken into account.50%
  • Professional experience.10%
  • Letter of motivations about the reasons for carrying out the program.15%
  • Other merits.10%

The Academic Committee of the Program carries out the examination and evaluation of the pre-registration applications received and approves the proposal of admitted candidates, according to the criteria indicated above.

Together with the accreditation of the aforementioned competencies, the principle of gender equality will be maintained, which will at least comply with the provisions of Organic Law 3/2007, of March 22, for effective equality between men and women; as well as, although not mentioned specifically in the previous relationship, Law 51/2003, of December 2, on equal opportunities, non-discrimination and universal accessibility for people with reduced mobility.

Universal accessibility will be guaranteed and it will be supervised that students with reduced mobility will have the resources and support necessary for the correct development of the Master. You will be asked for your specific needs in the enrollment process.


Excellence Scholarships

The students of Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset enrolled in the official Master's programs may apply for a scholarship from the Institute's Excellence Program. These scholarships will cover 30% of the tuition fee, excluding the fees paid to the University of reference.

Each student wishing to apply for an Excellence Scholarship will have to submit to the Institute's secretariat an application instance stating:

  • Personal information
  • The Master in which he is enrolled
  • The documentation that contributes
  • The scholarships that you have requested or intend to apply for in any public or private call

The scholarship application must be made at the time of registration, no later than September 10, 2019.

The application for the scholarship must be sent to the Institute's secretariat at the same time the payment of the reservation of the place is made.

The criteria for granting the scholarships are: academic record (70%), personal or family situation (10%), residence outside of Madrid in the year prior to enrollment (10%), and personal motivation (10%). Students must submit documentation that certifies each of these criteria and may attach two letters of recommendation from teachers. The Institute may request the selected students to prove the authenticity of the documents submitted with originals or certified copies.

The Academic Commission that grants the scholarships will be integrated by the director of the Institute, the general director of the José Ortega y Gasset - Gregorio Marañón Foundation and two professors of the Institute appointed at the proposal of the director of the Institute and the general director. The directors of each Master will send to the Institute's address, before November 15 of each year, a motivated report, according to the aforementioned criteria, with a scholarship award proposal in which a priority will be established among the students who have requested scholarship in his Master. The Commission, according to the reports received, will raise a scholarship award proposal before December 1 of each year.

The Excellence Scholarships of Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset are incompatible with any other public or private scholarship granted to the student to take the Master in which he has enrolled in the Institute. The scholarship holder is obliged to inform the Institute of any other scholarship granted, within a period of 10 days from its granting. The Institute will claim the student the amount that would have been granted for the Excellence Scholarship of the Institute if this circumstance occurred.

The amount of the scholarship will be applied to the last term of the payment of the tuition. The Institute may request scholarship students to perform extracurricular practices in support of the teaching, research and cultural activities of the institution, which will be recognized by a certificate . These practices do not imply a labor or commercial relationship with the institution or be remunerated.

Scholarships of the Menéndez Pelayo International University

The UIMP makes a call for study grants for university Masters (partial tuition scholarships), in order to promote the participation in their postgraduate studies to enrolled students who present a brilliant academic career. The conditions of the call, terms, requirements, incompatibilities, deadlines and procedures are published each academic year on the UIMP website ( ).

Scholarships of the ALUMNI Program

Former students of Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset will be entitled to a 5% discount on any new program they enroll. This discount, which will be considered a scholarship, will be applied to the tuition fee, excluding the fees paid to the University of reference. The discount will be applied in the last installment of the tuition payment.

To apply for this scholarship, the student will have to submit an application to the Institute's secretariat, as well as the documentation that proves that he or she has been a student of the Institute.

In no case, this discount will be applied to second or successive enrollments of subjects that have not been approved or to subjects of the same program that have not been completed in the first year of enrollment.

Discount for prompt payment

Students who formalize the first payment of their enrollment in any official Master of the Institute before May 16, this included, will be entitled to a scholarship of 5% discount of the tuition fee, excluding the fees paid to the University of reference.

The discount will be applied in the last installment of the tuition payment. Students must submit an application to the secretary of the Institute, along with proof of the first payment before May 16.

Fundación Carolina Scholarships

One scholarship is awarded to Latin American graduates for the completion of the Master's Degree in Government and Public Administration. These aids to the study of the Carolina Foundation and the Ortega y Gasset University Institute, include:

  • 4,000 euros of the registration fee
  • € 750 per month in support for lodging and maintenance, which will be given to the fellow each month,
  • Airline ticket and insurance, to which the scholarship holders must add the rest of the amount to complete the payment of the tuition and fees.


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Last updated Mar 2019

About the School

Fundado en 1986, el Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (IUIOG) es un centro de posgrado e investigación equivalente, en esencia, a las graduate schools de las universidades norte ... Read More

Fundado en 1986, el Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset (IUIOG) es un centro de posgrado e investigación equivalente, en esencia, a las graduate schools de las universidades norteamericanas. Fue el primer instituto universitario promovido y gestionado en España por una entidad privada, la Fundación José Ortega y Gasset, y adscrito a una universidad pública, la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Read less