Masters Programs in Government

Compare 8 Masters Programs in Government

The stepping stone between a bachelor’s degree and a doctoral degree, a master’s degree is a postgraduate award that usually takes up to three years to complete. Students who reach their goal of earning a master’s may find they have many more opportunities than those who do not.

What is a Master in Government? This degree generally provides students with a wide range of knowledge as they learn how to examine social institutions, including exploring areas of reform and creating change within society. Individuals in the program may learn the practice and theory of politics and policy-making. Some learning institutions allow students to specialize in an area such as political communication, security studies or democracy studies and governance.

Students who obtain a master's degree in government learn a wide range of skills, such as the ability to identify and analyze problems and then create effective solutions, resulting in well-rounded individuals who can create competitive resumes. Many students have a strong working knowledge of government, economics, statistics and policy analysis. The degree may teach individuals how to speak efficiently in public, listen more actively and better manage their time.

There is no set number to describe the cost of earning a degree in government. Generally, each learning institution sets its own price per credit hour, and each country has its own laws regarding how much a college can charge. The possibility of grants and scholarships may also change the price.

Earning a master's degree in government provides a variety of career paths for graduates. Some may go on to take obvious career paths, such as becoming a lobbyist or holding a political office. Others may choose to work as human resources managers, economists or political scientists. Still others may choose to teach government at the secondary or post-secondary education level as teachers or professors. Whether for a government agency, university or private company or corporation, many possibilities abound.

Colleges, universities and other postsecondary learning establishments may provide government-related master’s programs all over the globe. Those who wish to telecommute can also attend courses online in many cases. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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MA In Governance, Political Marketing And Strategic Communication

VONSELMA EDUCATION - Escuela de Liderazgo y Gobernación
Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2018 Spain Madrid

Since May 2014 the Masters in Governance, Political Marketing and Strategic Communications is held in collaboration between the Institute of Public Law at the Rey Juan Carlos University and the prestigious consulting VONSELMA INTERNATIONAL. [+]

Since May 2014 is celebrated Master in Governance, Political and Strategic Marketing Communication in collaboration with the Institute of Public Law at the Rey Juan Carlos University and the prestigious consulting VONSELMA INTERNATIONAL.

This Master's Degree from the Rey Juan Carlos University is the only one of its kind recognized by the Spanish Electoral (ASESMAP) Association of Political Marketing and and begin teaching in the classroom mode as in online, it will provide professionals who want to work in public institutions, political parties, embassies, consulates, international institutions, NGOs, etc. an integrated, comprehensive and high-level specialized training in analysis and communication management that meet the needs of these institutions.... [-]


Master in Government Studies

University of Saint Joseph
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Macau China Hefei + 1 more

This Master aims to comprehend the systemic process of political development and management, governmental structures and practices in regional, national and global contexts. The program offers theoretical and problematic leadership training for the new generation of government top officials and civil servants to enable them to understand and manage global changes, crises, disputes, and reform. [+]

This Master aims to comprehend the systemic process of political development and management, governmental structures and practices in regional, national and global contexts. The program offers theoretical and problematic leadership training for the new generation of government top officials and civil servants to enable them to understand and manage global changes, crises, disputes, and reform.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a licentiate degree from an accredited university or equivalent. The licentiate is the equivalent of a typical bachelor degree in North America, the UK, and Australia. Applicants must also demonstrate adequate English proficiency.

Applicants are required to attend an admission interview. Then, depending on their educational background, applicants may be required to complete prerequisite modules to fulfill essential foundation knowledge in selected fields in order to qualify for master’s degree studies.... [-]


Master of Local Government

University of Technology Sydney
Campus Full time Part time 1.5 - 3 years January 2019 Australia Sydney + 1 more

The Master of Local Government provides professionals, managers and leaders in local government with an advanced body of knowledge and skills to reflect critically on theory and practice. This enables them to apply this knowledge in their roles in strategic thinking, planning and shaping local communities. [+]

The course provides graduates with an evidence-based learning approach to build a high level of influence and leadership in their local government workplace. The course, which is informed by the research and capacity-building activities of the UTS Centre for Local Government, provides an interdisciplinary program with teaching and learning activities ranging across and beyond the faculty. An education program is developed to match the requirements of each participant's individual requirements, and subjects can be studied through intensive block release or in some cases through online delivery mode.

The education and professional development provided through the Master of Local Government aims to meet individual needs and provide opportunities for local government practitioners who wish to broaden their knowledge and skills, underpinned with a strong foundation in public service and democratic values and principles. On completion of the course, graduates have a sound understanding of current issues in local government and in diverse communities, as well as an ability to relate this knowledge back to their own workplaces. They gain research and scholarship competencies that allow them to continue their own professional development through short courses or further academic study, including at doctoral level.... [-]


Master In Political Science

Saint-Joseph University - Political Science Institute
Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Lebanon Beirut

The Master in Political Science includes 120 credits over 2 years, including 20 credits for an internship or a research dissertation. [+]

The Master in Political Science includes 120 credits spread over 2 years, including 20 credits for an internship or a research dissertation.

Classes begin in September and end in June, and are divided into compulsory subjects and optional subjects.

1st year of the Master

The Common Core (60 credits)

Teaching Units (UE) (40 credits)

Political theory (5 credits)Theories of International Relations (5 credits)International organizations and cooperation (5 credits)Comparative Political Sociology (5 credits)Geopolitics (5 credits)Comparative Political Institutions (4 credits)Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (4 credits)Middle East: conflicts and stakes (5 credits)Civilizations of the Middle East (2 credits)... [-]

Official University Master's Degree: Government And Public Administration (UIMP)

Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset
Campus Full time 1 year October 2018 Spain Madrid

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. [+]

The Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset develops this master's degree in its School of Politics and High Government, Governance.

A plural and independent space to share experiences, acquire new knowledge and develop the capacities that governments and public administrations need to be transparent and efficient in their management.

Basic information

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. Javier Zamora Bonilla, Dr. Robert Agranoff, Dr. Jesús Ruiz-Huerta, Dr. Joan Subirats, Dr. Fernando Vallespín Oña and Dr. Manuel Villoria.... [-]


Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management (Master of Administrative Sciences)

University of Tampere
Campus Full time 2 years August 2018 Finland Tampere

NORDIG educates international experts who profoundly understand the dynamics of public-private collaboration and knowledge-intensive professional work in the context of global trends and Nordic welfare societies. [+]

Apply between 4 December 2018 - 23 January 2019

Degree: Master of Administrative Sciences Duration: 2 years Extent: 120 ECTS Start date: August 2018 Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 8000 euros per year

Read more about Scholarships The programme builds on Nordic research excellence in public administration, innovations and services. The programme brings together the teachers, students and regional partners in an innovative learning environment to challenge the current societal problems and practices. Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management aims to challenge the traditional contents and sector-oriented learning approaches that are typically applied in the field of public administration and public policy. It brings together elements from social sciences and engineering, combining the strengths of soft and hard applied sciences, resulting in a spirit of solution-focused and resource-oriented entrepreneurialism, interdisciplinary and close relations to society. It provides the students with a unique learning environment enabling them to come up with smart solutions and sustainable learning outcomes in the field of public administration and management, in the contexts of public-private partnership, public value creation, co-production and deliberative democracy as well as innovation systems, digitalization and smart solutions. Programme is organized jointly by University of Tampere (Finland), University of Agder (Norway) and Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)... [-]


Masters In Political Science: Governance And International Relations

Universidade Católica De Moçambique
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2018 Mozambique Maputo + 1 more

The Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM), attentive to the need for socio-political development, openness to the promotion of values ​​of justice, peace and reconciliation, intends to teach the postgraduate course and Masters in Political Science: Governance and International Relations , in partnership with the Institute of Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University (IEP-UCP). [+]

The Catholic University of Mozambique (UCM), attentive to the need for socio-political development, openness to the promotion of values ​​of justice, peace and reconciliation, intends to teach the postgraduate course and Masters in Political Science: Governance and International Relations , in partnership with the Institute of Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University (IEP-UCP).

The Postgraduate course in Political Science: Governance and International Relations is conceived on the ground that Mozambique is a country in the process of consolidating democracy, in which the sense of belonging to the Mozambican family begins to gain ground in society, which will allow its integration process in SADC.... [-]


Master's Programme in Open eGovernment

Stockholm University, Department of Computer and System Sciences (DSV)
Online Full time Part time 2 years September 2018 Sweden Stockholm + 1 more

Master's programme in Open eGovernment provides you with planning, management and technical skills necessary for leading and transforming public organisations to be open, inclusive, innovative, flexible and effective using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). [+]

Master's programme in Open eGovernment provides you with planning, management and technical skills necessary for leading and transforming public organisations to be open, inclusive, innovative, flexible and effective using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The programme is given as a set of distance courses and can be studied in accordance with your preferred timetable. Thereby, the programme can be studied wherever you are located in the world, and can easily be adapted to your studying and working situation. The program also contains non-mandatory workshops, one each semester, at the campus in Kista, just outside Stockholm. During these workshops, students can meet other students, teachers and experts in the area of e-Government, and visit eGovlab, a centre for excellence in e-governance at Stockholm University.... [-]