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Public Administration, Master's, 2 years

Public Administration is the study of administration, organization and politics.
  • TuitionNone
  • Years2 Years
  • Intake13
  • LanguageEnglish
  • ECTS120
  • StartAutumn

Welcome to the Master's Programme in Public Administration at the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Starting time: Thursday 8 August at 09:00 in Grieghallen concert hall.

Programme: Welcome Programme for new international students

Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August: Meet the Department and your fellow students, and find out more about the Masters's Programme and your courses. 

  • Thursday 15 August:
    • Breakfast 09:15 at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory (Christies gate 17, 4th floor). 
    • 10:30-15:00, seminar room 215 (Christies gate 17, 2th floor).
  • Friday 16 August: 10:00-14:00, seminar room 215 (Christies gate 17, 2th floor).

Checklist: Follow the steps in our checklist to make sure you are on track. 

Questions? You will find useful information on the pages for new students. You can also contact the Faculty Information Centre at 55 58 98 50 or send an email to studieveileder@svfa.uib.no.

The Master’s programme in Public Administration develops analytical skills through the use of relevant theories of organization and institutions. You will also learn how to design suitable research methods to study current complex governance and policy issues and their implications.  

  • How does policies and governance impact administrative performance and quality of service?
  • How do we measure and study good governance? 

This is a political science master’s programme that combines organizational theory and a unique understanding of public administration. We draw on theoretical and empirical research on formal organizations, and look at the relationship between organizations and individuals and organizations and their environments.

The ability to understand organizations in a political context is sought after in many different industries and fields of research.

The Department of Administration and Organization Theory is friendly, international, and not too big. As a master’s student, you will be part of the research environment. You can study in the department’s reading rooms, and you will be included in a research group where you can join events, discussions and get to know the other scientific staff. 

Here you will find interviews with our students

More information below

Master's Programme in Public Administration
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Emil Breistein for UiB

Career

With an MPA, you will have developed your analytical skills through scientific work and presentations - particularly when it comes to organizational issues, democracy, politics, administration and service delivery.

You can work with organizational design and leadership, management in public administration, private firms and voluntary organizations. You will also be able to give advice on organizational and policy issues in the private and public sectors.

Our alumni work in a variety of positons, such as

  • National coordinator for an NGO
  • University Union Project Manager
  • Government undersecretary
  • Senior Human Resources Officer

Job opportunities with a master’s degree from the University of Bergen

More information below

Student life

As a master’s student at The Department of Administration and Organization Theory you will be included in a research group, and your own desk in the department’s reading rooms in our building on campus in the center of Bergen. 

We only admit a small number of master’s students each year. This creates a tightly knit group of students and great follow-up from our staff. 

Semester 1 and 2 

In a typical week, you will normally attend 3 lectures a week, as well as seminars. You are expected to join in the discussions, give presentations and comment on other students’ material. You will also write essays based on the syllabus.  

Semester 3

You collect data through fieldwork or other methods, and start writing your master’s thesis. You present your work as it progresses, and get thorough feedback from faculty, fellow students and your supervisor. You also attend Dissertation Seminars where you present chapters from your thesis twice. You also learn how to plan your studies and thesis writing. 

Semester 4

In your final semester, you will mostly work in close cooperation with your supervisor to complete your master’s thesis.

You choose the topic of your master’s thesis based on your research interests. You can also decide on a topic while taking the course AORG 332 Research design and through your meetings with your assigned research group in year 1. 

You choose a supervisor among the faculty based on similar research interests. Through the two semesters, you and your supervisor have up to 10 meetings, and discuss via email.

Read more about our graduates' master theses

Structure

The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and starts in the autumn. Most students conduct some form of fieldwork for their master’s project. 

First semester

Mandatory courses:

Second semester

Mandatory courses:

Elective “state of the art”- courses, choose one:

  • AORG325 Discretion and paternalism (10 ECTS)
  • AORG326 Political Organization and Multilevel Governance (10 ECTS)
  • AORG327 Knowledge, Politics and Organization (10 ECTS)
  • AORG328 Leadership in Organizational and Cultural Contexts (10 ECTS)

A supervisor is appointed for your master’s project.

Third and fourth semester

  • writing your master’s thesis (AORG351, 60 ECTS)

See full list of courses

What you learn

Employers will be interested in your training in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

With an MPA, you will

  • know recent theoretical developments and research on organizations, public administration, public policy and governance.
  • have developed critical thinking and can conduct independent analysis in assessing, diagnosing and addressing policy and governance related issues and challenges.
  • be able to communicate and identify relevant problem issues and how to analyze them with regard to public policy and governance to different stakeholders of public policy and administration. 

Full list of learning outcomes

How to apply

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:

You will also have to meet the programme specific entry requirements.