Master's students Public Governance

Public Governance: Public administration, Economics and Law (MSc)

1 year English Starts end of August

The leaders of today and tomorrow face immense challenges: climate change, refugee crisis, and international drug trafficking. These are multi-level governance issues that ask for creative solutions and an international and interdisciplinary approach. Combine the disciplines of public administration, law and economics in our Master's program in Public Governance to become an elite strategical force, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

core disciplines

combined: Public Administration, Economics and Law


to specialize and shape your portfolio

in the Netherlands, #6 in Europe and #28 worldwide in Business and Economics

Times Higher Education Ranking 2019

Program and courses 

Become part of the Tilburg Institute of Governance (TIG): a small-scaled and interdisciplinary community of outstanding scholars, students and alumni from all over the world. 

  • Put theory into practice. Tackle complex and wicked problems in the areas of governance and public administration using both quantitative and qualitative methods during the Governance Clinic. In the first semester of the regular program, Public Governance students can also apply for the Extended Master, which adds a half year traineeship to the regular Master's program.
  • No boundaries. An international governance perspective ensures you learn from best practices in other countries – valuable skills later on in your career.
  • Networking is key. Learn to co-create innovative governance solutions with experts in the field and important stakeholders like citizens, non-state actors, and businesses.
  • Specialize and shape your portfolio. Choose one of five themes related to public administration, law and economics  and become an expert in this field:
    - Governing the Transition to a Sustainable Society and Economy
    - Justice, Security, and the Governance of Risks
    - Governance for Health, Education, and Welfare
    - Economic and Financial Governance of Europe in a Globalizing World
    - Democratic Governance and Innovation
  • You are not only provided with expert knowledge and academic skills, we also train you in (soft) skills like creative academic writing, presenting and debating.
  • There will be a personal mentor available at your request to guide you through your academic endeavors: who will give you plenty of tips and tricks on studying, who will provide you with career advice and who will be happy to help in case of any problems. 

Typical courses are:

  • Governance and Law
  • Good Governance
  • Public Entrepreneurship
  • Public Strategy

More on the program and courses

  • Mounir Azzaoui - master Public Governance

    Mounir Azzaoui

    Master's student

    "Public governance is one of the key topics covered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. This shows that it is an essential area of study to promote policies that will improve economic and social well-being."

  • Master Public Governance student Ginda Pamela

    Ginda Pamela

    Master's student

    "This Master's program encourages me to address an array of complex issues in alignment with proper analytical and public management skills."

    Ask Ginda a  question

  • Max van Dijk - master Public Governance

    Max van Dijk

    Advisor Public Affairs at municipality of Breda

    "I really enjoyed the structure of the program: introducing courses, in-depth subjects and more practical courses providing the opportunity for external research."

Career prospects

As a Master of Science in Public Governance, you are well equipped to analyze complex problems in the public sector from economic, judicial, political, and institutional perspectives, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. These skills make you eligible for a broad range of professions in the public sector, such as management, strategic consultancy, or policy research. Be the leader of tomorrow and become an active player in shaping the worlds’ future.

Alumni facts Tilburg Law School

  • Average number of months until first paid job: 2.86
  • Employer requires an academic Master’s degree: 68%
  • Gross monthly income of our graduates in the first year: € 2.468,-

Source: National Alumni Survey, 2018 | n = 118

More on your career prospects

Students on campus enjoying the good weather

Application and admission

This Master’s program starts:

End of August

Best preparatory programs:

A Bachelor’s (= undergraduate) degree:

  • in Public Governance
  • in Public Administration
  • in Economics
  • in Sociology
  • in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • an academic Bachelor’s degree in a related field with sufficient knowledge of politics, policy, governance, or economics

Pre-Master’s program:

We also offer an English taught Pre-Master's program for (international) students from universities of applied sciences and research universities.

Tuition fees and scholarships

International students find all information about tuition fees and scholarships here.

Interested in this Master's program?

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Interested in the MSc Public Governance?

- Are you always looking for alternative answers and solutions to challenging problems?
- Are you on top of the latest news?
- And do you want to look across borders?

Then check your eligibility and the deadlines for application.