Bachelor of Science in Public Administration and Management

How to deal with social challenges such as climate change and digitalisation? And how to bring into alignment various stakeholder groups - the government, its citizens, politicians, civil society? Graduates of Public Administration and Management serve as “interpreters” who translate political, legal and economic aspects to an administration context, and vice versa.

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Bachelor's Programme
3 year 180 credits
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
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Climate change and digitalisation are social challenges for all and sundry to have opinions on, but never to offer a real solution. The fact that everyone focuses on a different element (economic, political, legal, technological, ...) of the solution might account for at least part of the problem.

The Public Administration and Management programme finds itself at the crossroads of Political Sciences, Economics, and Law. Blending these three study programmes together results in a very interesting mix known as the Public Administration and Management programme. You will come to understand the workings of the government, and the decision-making process at all policy levels. In addition, you will gain an in-depth knowledge of administration, policy, law, economics, politics, and management. You take various social challenges as your starting point and set to work in an action-oriented manner.

After all, managing a public organisation vs. managing a business requires entirely different skills sets. A public institution has different stakeholders: the regulatory framework imposed by the government, citizens with acquired rights such as public participation, political parties with varying degrees of leverage, ... . In the course of this study programme (unique in Flanders!) you learn to combine different perspectives and to become an “interpreter” who can bring those different stakeholders in alignment.


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For whom

Pigeonholing is not really our thing. We have noticed, however, that the “typical” student of Public Administration and Management is usually someone who is already committed, and who shows an interest in current affairs and the workings of society.

Are you looking to have an impact on social challenges? Are you looking to study a combination of policy-making, law, management, economics and politics? Are you looking for an interactive study programme that covers topical issues?

If the answer to the questions above is a resounding ‘yes’, the Public Administration and Management programme is the right choice for you.



We offer you a strong basic knowledge of political sciences and economics, of the organisation and workings of the public sector, the broad legal aspects that underlie social challenges, and the workings of (European) government institutions. You will learn to plumb the depths of policy-making in public organisations, as well as study the structure and processes in public and private organisations. You will cultivate your academic competencies, and give shape to your learning trajectory by means of elective course units. In addition, you will study two foreign languages: French, English, or German. During the mandatory nine-week work placement you put into practice the knowledge and skills you have acquired.

  • If you are you looking to have an impact on climate change, you might want to consider embarking on a work placement at the province of East Flanders to support the local municipalities with the design and implementation of their climate plans.
  • If, on the other hand, you are more interested in the “expert advice” cornerstone, you might want to investigate how to draw in experts on the issue of social housing policy, or to embark on a work placement at a consultancy agency that assesses how the European Union managed the banking crisis or the migration crisis.
  • Then again, if you are more into digitalisation, you might want to work on innovative digitalisation projects in collaboration with start-ups and Sandbox Vlaanderen, the Flemish Government’s innovation environment. Or you can gather information on how the Flemish Department of Economy, Science and Innovation might stimulate businesses and Small- to Medium-sized Entreprises (SMEs) in the use of AI.


The Master’s curriculum offers you a thorough academic orientation on the study of public administration: e.g. what are relevant tendencies for managers? This includes an in-depth study of the management of organisations in the public, social profit and non-profit sectors: dealing with politicians and critical customers, working in a democratic context of open government, scrutiny and participation. The curriculum contains a common base of administration and management course units, as well as a component of research methodology. Elective clusters in the curriculum offer various perspectives like Governance Issues, International Administration, Performance Management, Security, ICT, Communication, and Social Profit. The Master’s programme culminates in a Master's dissertation.

In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master).

Labour Market

The Public Administration and Management programme delivers graduates who wish to have an impact on society (e.g. in the context of climate, expert advice, and digitalisation). Our graduates often end up in the public, social or non-profit sectors: the European institutions, the Flemish and the Federal Government (ministries, among others), the judiciary system, political parties, municipalities, welfare organisations, hospitals, cultural centres, etc... They also find job opportunities in corporate life or consultancy.

Specific jobs our alumni have secured are: expert on the implementation of climate plans at a province, project officer on digitalisation at the Flemish Government or the European Union, ministerial staff member, HR expert at a hospital, consultant who assesses how the European Union has managed the banking or migration crisis, financial auditor at a public enterprise, ...