The increasing complexity of the tasks carried out by the State and the manner in which it performs them require us to look at public service and the modernisation of public administrations in a new way. Today’s institutions need decision-makers with interdisciplinary knowledge who are capable of understanding and solving complex managerial, economic, political and legal problems. Switzerland’s multilingual culture necessitates a multicultural approach to management in the public and quasi-public sectors.
University of Lausanne
University of Bern
Università della Svizzera Italiana
Master of Arts (MA) in Public Management and Policy
Language of the University where the studies take place and English. Recommended level: C1.
Students should have sufficient knowledge of a second national language, or, under certain conditions, English.
Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Management, Political Sciences, Sociology, Law or Media and Communication Sciences awarded by a Swiss university. Under certain conditions, another degree or academic title may be considered as equivalent and enable admission to the Master’s degree course.
Enrolment and final dates
The degree course begins in the autumn semester only.
Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.
Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February (this time limit is applicable to enrolment at the UNIL only).
Timetables and course descriptions
University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas. This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as:
Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 20 March 2023
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