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International Public Management and Policy

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
01 September 2021

Program description

International Public Management and Policy

Public policy has an international orientation that is underlined by the central role of organisations such as the EU and the UN. This Master’s program endows you with theories, concepts and skills that you need to work effectively in an international environment. The knowledge we provide will enable you to contribute to finding solutions for global issues such as international conflict, poverty, migration, environmental protection and corruption.

The program forms a clear pathway to developing a career in public or private sector organisations. Erasmus University Rotterdam is an international top university in a vibrant city that is the gateway to Europe. Our faculty consists of top-notch scholars in the academic fields of public administration, political science, international relations, development studies, and European integration, who also regularly participate in policy debates.

Admission requirements

Prior education

You are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant Bachelor’s or undergraduate degree(comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic))from a research university in the following fields of studies:

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

Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Business AdministrationSociology or other social sciences, as well as Law or History, are also eligible to apply if they are internationally oriented and have an affinity with the public sector. This can be the case if they have followed courses in their Bachelor curriculum related to the 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 they are able to enter the programme.

Please note that applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Law or History, also need to demonstrate that they are familiar with social science methodology by providing additional information.

Applicants with natural or exact science curriculum need to demonstrate that they are familiar with social sciences, by having followed past courses in public policy, political science, or international/European governance. Alternatively, they are welcome to complete a pre-master programme.

The eligibility of your Bachelor’s degree can only be determined after you have submitted an application and only after we have received all requested documents. Prior inquiries will be purely hypothetical.

Language requirements

A good command of English is essential. You might be exempted from presenting the proof of English proficiency, please check our website for all of the exceptions.

Motivation and international orientation

In a reasonable amount of detail (1 A4) explain your motivation by

  • Providing reasons for your application to the program;
  • Demonstrating relevant knowledge of and 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.

If you would like to know more, please send an information request or click on the institute's web page.

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Program content

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

The master programme International Public Management and Policy (IMP) is a one-year graduate programme that stimulates students to navigate the increasingly multinational and international nature of public management and public policy-making. It provides them with the scientific theories, concepts, and tools needed to analyse this international and multi-level environment. Furthermore, it equips them with knowledge and professional skills relevant to public careers with an international dimension.


The curriculum of the master programme in International Public Management and Policy consists of various components that equip you with the concepts, tools and theories that you need to analyse complex, multi-level international issues. The skills you learn will contribute to finding solutions for transnational challenges.

The programme contains 4 blocks and offers a varied set of modules, seminars, simulations, working group sessions as well as guest lectures. It includes an extensive professional development component. You will visit international and European institutions in Geneva and Brussels to familiarise yourself with their work. You will also receive a training in basic negotiation skills during our negotiation simulation. This training is given by internationally renowned specialists. In addition, we organise meetings with a coach to help you prepare for job search. You will train to use various skills, for instance, how to pitch yourself during networking, how to write a CV and how to improve your LinkedIn presence.

While COVID-19 posed a challenge to the established mode of education, we provide modern hybrid forms combining state-of-the-art remote and in-person education. In this way, we can continue offering excellent education while fully respecting the guidelines set by public health authorities and government agencies.

Scholarships & funding

There are scholarships and grants for two groups:

1. Students from abroad, who wish to study at EUR or are already doing so;

2. Students studying at EUR, wishing to go abroad for a while during or after their current study program.

Request information to learn more about the available scholarship opportunities and to find out if you qualify. 

Tuition fees

  • €2,168 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €12,300 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €15,500 (Institutional fee: non-EEA students)

Studying in a foreign country can be very expensive. Fortunately, the Dutch government subsidizes higher education which leads to lower tuition fees for students with a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). In recent years, more and more students from outside the EEA have decided to study in the Netherlands, resulting in a growing demand for academic scholarships.



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 the international policy environment  by applying up to date theories and concepts;
  • Gain tools to operate effectively in an international working environment.

The master programme is an academic (scientific) programme. This programme 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 organisations; 
  • The EU; 
  • Government ministries and agencies; 
  • Local authorities; 
  • International NGOs; 
  • Multinational companies; 
  • Consultancy firms; 
  • Think tanks; 
  • Research institutes. 

Graduates obtain a variety of jobs. They become policy officials, policy advisors, consultants, managers in international organisations, lobbyists or project leaders. 

About this institute

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) is home to a vast diversity of study programs and scientific disciplines: Public Administration, Pedagogical Sciences, Psychology and Sociology. In addition, the Erasmus University College, IHS, and two research institutes RISBO and...

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I am currently doing the International Public Management and Policy master and can highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in international policy-making. The master offers a fruitful combination of emprical and analytical tasks, but also more practice-relevant tasks such as drafting a policy proposal and setting up your own NGO. You wil...
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