MSc in Public Administration - International and European Governance



What will I learn?

No nation-state can solve today's global challenges on its own. In the specialisation International and European Governance you will obtain a deep understanding of the interplay between the international, EU, and (sub)national governance systems and how this interplay affects a national government's capacity to address cross-border societal challenges. This expertise will prepare you for a job in an (inter)national public institution or the private sector.

What does this master programme entail?

In the specialisation International and European Governance you learn to formulate governance solutions to address cross-border societal challenges. You will do this by applying state-of-the-art scientific knowledge of EU and International institutions and decision-making processes. It provides you a deep understanding of the complex, multi- layered nature of contemporary public governance and cross-border societal issues. You will gain state-of-the-art insights in how governments and stakeholders from the public and private sector can work together in complex multi-level governance systems. The International and European Governance specialisation prepares you for positions in international organisations as well as national public and private sector organisations that need to cope with the implications of an increasing global policy-making environment.

4 Reasons to choose International & European Governance at Leiden University

In the International & European Governance specialisation of the Master in Public Administration:

  • You gain expertise in decision- making processes and institutional architectures of International and European institutions and international networks;
  • You become aware of the complex interplay between international, European and national public policy making processes, preparing you for a career as a policy advisor in international and national public institutions or in the private sector;
  • You hone your analytical skills, much needed for today's data-driven and evidence-based decision-making context.
  • You study in The Hague, the bustling city of international peace and justice and the Dutch political- administrative centre.

Career Prospects

The combination of academic and professional skills you gain in the MSc PA makes you an excellent candidate for positions in national and international governance and policy making, as well as for managerial positions in the private sector, after graduation.

Skills after graduation

Alumni of the IEG specialisation have a deep knowledge and understanding of all key concepts, theories and issues in management and decision-making processes of EU and international institutions, and the latest academic research in the field. They also have a solid toolkit of academic research methods and professional skills, preparing them for a job in either international or EU organisations which are confronted with cross-border global challenges. IEG graduates work in national and international governance organisations, policy making, consulting and the private sector.

Positions our alumni hold

Graduates of the MSc in PA, International and European Governance specialisation currently hold a wide variety of managerial, policy-making and consultancy positions within such public organisations as foreign ministries and private organisations.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (15,53,899) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2023

More details

Start date

Expected February, September 2024


Leiden University Campus The Hague

Wijnhaven Building,

Turfmarkt 99, DP,



2511, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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