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Program description

Urban Governance

Today, cities are dynamic and fast-growing. They can pose challenging governance questions. Professionals who possess the right knowledge and skills to tackle complex urban governance policies are therefore urgently needed to develop sustainable governance policies.

This Master’s specialisation is part of the MSc in Public Administration of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. A unique asset of this Master’s specialisation is the collaboration between the Department of Public Administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, ESSB) and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies Opens external(IHS).

Admission requirements

Prior education

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

  • Public Administration;
  • Political Science;
  • Sociology.

A Bachelor’s degree in other disciplines related to public administration and societal processes, such as economics, environmental sciences,urban management/planning and urban studies may give access to Urban Governance, but only if you can prove familiarity with social sciences methodology and have followed some social sciences oriented courses (e.g. public policy, public administration or political science courses). Hence familiarity with social sciences methods and public administration or political science related theory is expected.

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.


In a reasonable amount of detail (1 A4) give us more information on:
a) your motivation for applying to the program.
b) Furthermore, demonstrate relevant knowledge, experience and affinity with the field of studies (also supported by means of your resume).
c) Inform 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

The program offers a varied set of courses (obligatory and elective), seminars, working groups sessions, and a series of guest lectures by internationally well-known scholars. Furthermore, you will conduct your own research project (thesis) in which you will apply theories and social scientific research methods to examine urban governance issues.

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. 

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About this institute

Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

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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After finishing my bachelors in public administration, I wanted to do a master in a field I was really interested in: the development of cities and urban areas. Besides, I was aware of the fact that these developments were not self-executive: they need to be governed. These two interests are combined in this master’s programme. In several course...
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Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3062 PA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

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