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What will I learn?

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.

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.

No boundaries. An international governance perspective ensures you learn from best practices in other countries – valuable skills later 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

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.

Which department am I in?

Tilburg Law School

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€14,600.00 (11,79,321) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Tilburg University

Warandelaan 2,



5037, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based) / 233 (computer-based).

For international students

Before you apply, please make sure that you meet the following admission requirements:

You have an academic bachelor’s degree in Public Governance/Public Administration/Public Policy before the start of this master’s program, or;

You have an academic bachelor’s degree in Global Law before the start of this master’s program, or:

You have an academic bachelor’s degree in Global Management of Social Issues before the start of this master’s program, or:

You have an academic bachelor’s degree in Economics before the start of this master’s program, or:

You have an academic bachelor’s degree in a related field with enough knowledge of politics, policy, governance, or economics.

TOEFL with a minimum score of 90 (internet-based) or 577 (paper-based).

Academic IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 score overall and a minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts of the test.

Cambridge English test results: C1 advanced (formerly CAE) or C2 proficiency (formerly CPE). For both C1 and C2, we accept a score of A, B or C.


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