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Master of Public Administration (theoretically-based master’s degree)

The master’s degree will provide knowledge of the role played by organisations and the design of organisations in public administration.

 It will demonstrate how modern public administration seeks new forms of cooperation and partnership across administrative branches and with outside actors.

Key factors and outcome
The programme will give insight into central issues such as: What is good public administration? What is the significance of the new framework conditions that have been created through Europeanisation and the establishment of a fourth level of administration? How can new technology be used actively? What role does leadership and strategy play in administration internally so that actors can assume entrepreneurial roles?

Public administration in a multi-tiered context
The development of public administration is set in a multi-tiered context, with local, regional and international perspectives. Thereby emphasis is placed on the role of the public sector both as an administrative and a regulatory player.

Master's thesis
Work on the master’s thesis provides practice in analytical, critical and methodological thinking targeted at achieving independence in one’s professional career. The workload of the master’s thesis equals 45 ECTS credits.

Students will develop the methodological and theoretical skills needed to identify, read, analyze, and discuss primary and secondary sources within the social sciences, with special emphasis on Public Administration.

In addition to specialized competence within their field, the students will also develop more broadly recognized skills, such as how to formulate academic research question, find relevant material for a research project, to critically relate to and analyse sources, to process substantial quantities of information through scientific methods and to present their findings and engage in dialogue with others about them.

ECTS obtained
The master programme has a total workload of 120 ECTS credits.

The programme qualifies students for work on organisational design, organisational processes, planning, and research and development in both the public and private sectors.

Contact information:

Study leader: Associate Professor Terje Slåtten

Telefon: 612 88102

Sist oppdatert: Sigrun Dancke Skaare 17.09.2013

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