Department of Administration and Organization Theory



Politics - Administration - Organization

Administration and Organization Theory is the comparative analysis of politics, administration, and organization. It belongs to the study of political science and it is founded on political and social theories.

Do you want to study public administration and political science?

We offer a two-year Masters Programme in Public Administration (MPA), taught in English. We also offer courses taught in English at the bachelors level.

If you need information regarding your studies and student services you can contact the study advisor or The Information Centre at The Faculty of Social Sciences.


Why did our students choose the MPA programme?

See what motivated some of our students to attend the programme, and what they have learned from it.

What is life like as a student at the UiB?

Practical information about student life at the university, date of exams, scheduling and more can be found at this page.

 A woman standing in line of mannequins with taped mouth, stock photo

Just keep silent…

Lægreid, Wynen, Kleizen, Verhoeat and Rollande connects data from the Norwegian Staff Surveys and of a structural reform database in a new article in Public Management Review.

Ivar Bleiklie

Student funding, study debt and free higher education in Norway

Professor Ivar Bleiklie interviewed by BBC World Business Report.

New book
Child Rights and International Discrimination Law: Implementing Article 2 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Children’s right to non-discrimination

Skivenes and Søvig have edited a book on the implementation of children’s right to protection from discrimination.
Helge Renå

Renå with chapter in book on the blind spots of public bureaucracy

Helge Renå have contributed to the book "The Blind Spots of Public Bureaucracy and the Politics of Non-Coordination (Palgrave Macmillan) edited by Tobias Bach and Kai Wegrich.

New article
stressed teenage girl sitting at table on therapy session by female counselor writing in clipboard in office

Involvement in care order proceedings

Judicial decision makers’ express positive views about children’s and parents’ involvement, finds a study by Berrick, Dickens, Pösö and Skivenes.

What kind of job can you get?

Every year approximate 10-15 international candidates complete the Master’s Programme in Public Administration. With a degree in Public Administration, the opportunities are many. 

On this page you can read some short interviews with former students.

Career opportunities


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  • The word alumni is Latin, and means "former student at a school".
  • UiB Alumni is a venue for alumnis, professionals and students associated with the University of Bergen (UiB). The webpage provides information and news from the Department and the University.

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