Master's Program in Public Administration and Government (CMAPG)

Objective: The purpose of the Master’s Program in Public Administration and Government (“Mestrado Acadêmico em Administração Pública e Governo” – CMAPG) is to provide graduate training for highly qualified public administrators with a focus on analyzing state, civil society and public administration. The program’s goal is to provide  professionals and researchers with the academic skills needed to evaluate public policy in a contemporary context, whether within the sphere of the state (different jurisdictions and utilities) or in the non-governmental arena (social movements, nonprofit organizations, international agencies, corporate foundations and universities).

Target audience: For those with a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Business Administration, Economics, Management and Public Policies, International Relations and similar areas, who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the state, public management and non-governmental organizations that have an impact on public decisions and public policies.

Degree awarded: Master's in Public Administration and Government

A Master’s degree provides the professional with the qualifications needed to assess and critically reflect on contemporary themes in public administration and government in all their spheres and in their relationship with society. He/she will be qualified to work in government consultancy organizations, international organizations and non-governmental organizations that have impact on public decisions. He/she will also be able to participate in research projects and start a career in higher education institutions or in politics.

Concentration areas: Our research degree program in Public Administration and Government is organized according to concentration areas. This means that we strongly encourage applications that are aligned with our concentration areas. At the time of the application, the applicant will choose his/her concentration area in order of preference.

Program duration: The minimum duration is 12 months and the maximum is 30 months.
Students must  obtain at least 30 credits* in courses, seminars and with the dissertation. They must follow the structure below:

Master’s Program in Public Administration and Government

  • Compulsory courses ( 3 credits for each course)
  • Elective  courses  ( 2 credits for each course)
  • Research Seminars: 7 meetings (1.5 credits for each Seminar)
  • General Seminar: 7 meetings (no credits)

Each credit corresponds to 15 class-hours

Compulsory courses: 15 credits

Methodological Education:
- Scientific Methodology: 3 credits

Public Administration and Government Education:
- Political Theory: 3 credits 
- Economy: 3 credits
- Management and Public Organizations: 3 credits
- Public Policies: 3 credits

Elective courses: 8 credits
- Courses offered by the student's chosen Concentration Area: 2 credits for each course

Methodological Education: 2 credits for each course

Research Seminars offered by the student's chosen concentration area: 3 credits  (2 semesters)

General Seminar: no credits, mandatory attendance (2 semesters)

Dissertation:  4 credits

TOTAL: at least 30 credits, but during the Admission Process the examining committee may determine whether the candidate will need to obtain additional credits.

Transfers between degree courses (from the Master’s to the doctoral program) are possible in some circumstances, depending on the performance and proof of publication, as analyzed by a committee.

Credit recognition: Students can seek exemption or credit recognition for courses already taken, in accordance with to the specific requirements set out in the Graduate Program Rules. The decision will be taken by the Graduate Program Coordinator, after consulting the Teaching and Research Departments.


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