Executive Master in Public Management


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This program is taught in Dutch

About the program

This program is designed for leading and policy supporting government professionals. You acquire profound insights into the diverse aspects of government management, get to know the most recent research findings and are able to test these to the theory and experiences of others. Furthermore you will actively develop your leadership skills. You become a government official acting through knowledge, insights and creativity.

Learning objectives
  • a broad and thorough knowledge of the most recent management methods and techniques;
  • recognize policy challenges independently and in group, analyze them, report on them verbally and in writing, and contribute significantly to their solution;
  • develop solutions for public policy challenges, test these critically (on an ethical, societal and legal level), argue them, and have them accepted;
  • perform and excel in leadership and facilitating (staff) positions at the diverse levels of government.


The Master in Public Management has a modular structure and encompasses a total of 60 credits (30 credits a year). The modules consist of thematically clustered lectures and seminars, in which advanced scientific knowledge is tested in actual assignments and government challenges. The topicality of every module is carefully monitored. Furthermore, there is a focus on practical leadership skills in the skills lab. Finally, you will write a master thesis on a subject of your choice as a conclusion to your study. 



Curriculum academic year 1: 2019-2020

  • Politics, management & organisation
  • Administrative law
  • Strategic management & Organisation
  • Strategy & implementation
  • Multi-level governance
  • Master thesis guidance
  • Electives:
    • Strategic Communication
    • Cultural management
    • Management in health care
    • Network development & management
    • International summer school public management

Curriculum academic year 2: 2020-2021

  • Human resources management
  • Financial management
  • Process & project management
  • Innovation & change management
  • Skill lab: leadership
  • Master thesis guidance

Master thesis

The master’s thesis is the course conclusion and can be a project out of your own work environment, the theme can be entirely self-determined. During the two academic years you will be working on it under guidance of a promotor.



Master in Public Management is a master-after-master program recognized by the government. Upon successful completion of the Master Projects and the exams you will be awarded the degree “Master in Public Management”. The program is NVAO accredited.


For public professionals with a master’s degree


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