Master in public administration with 3 areas of concentration:

  • Strategy, Leadership and Innovation in the Public Sector
  • Community Development and Urban Planning
  • Management of NGOs

This master's program is designed to provide an overview of public sector and / or nonprofit operations in the first year, with an emphasis on topics that are essential for any candidate seeking a career in the public sector or in private organizations operating in close connection with the public sector. These topics include public policies, financial management, European law, organizational development, etc. In the second year, students must choose an area of concentration from the three ones offered by the program and obtain 30 credits for courses related to that area. Through this structure, students have maximum flexibility in planning their academic path, being able to choose a specialization given by the area of concentration as well as a number of optional courses from other areas according to their own interests and needs. In this way, a student specializing in community development and urban planning will be able to complete their training with courses related to non-profit organizations and their role at community level.

The 3 specializations are targeting and seeking to attract students who are interested in an international and comparative perspective in studying the public and non-profit sectors.


Strategy, Leadership and Innovation in the Public Sector

Community Development and Urban Planning

Management of NGOs

Students interested in decision-making and leadership positions in public organizations may specialize in public management, strategy, and leadership. This concentration area focuses on managerial skills, financial management and data analysis. Students learn to create goals for organizations or departments, measure progress toward organizational goals, and supervise team members. This concentration area combines public administration and business skills with a focus on public and nonprofit jobs.

Urban development and planning are currently areas of high interest for most local and regional governments. This area of concentration focuses on city management, the development of public policies on sustainable urban mobility, adaptation to climate change, the relationship with the rural hinterland, the participation of citizens and community actors in generating solutions for the development of the city. Students learn to analyze data on community needs and integrate the analysis into the city's development strategies.

NGOs have certain specificities that involve familiarizing students with the nonprofit sector and its role in different countries. This area of focus introduces students to the issues of different types of NGOs, specific strategic and financial planning for the nonprofit sector and project management. Courses such as fundraising, leadership in NGOs, project management prepare graduates for roles in non-profit organizations.


Strategy, Leadership and Innovation in the Public Sector

Community Development and Urban Planning

Management of NGOs

Leadership in public and non-profit organizations

Sustainable and resilient urban development

Communication, media & digitalization in the nonprofit sector

Innovative financial strategies in public and non-profit organizations

Applied methods for urban analysis

Volunteering & community mobilization

Digital governance

Public procurement and public contracts

Social economy and entrepreneurship

Public marketing

Introduction to urban planning

Fundamentals in grant writing & fundraising

Strategy in public and non-profit organizations

Intro to GIS and spatial analysis

Intro to philanthropy and evolution of the 3rd sector

This English language master program distinguishes itself from other master's programs by the following features:

International accreditation by EAPAA - proves that the program meets high quality standards and is in line with international requirements in this field

Possibility of obtaining a double degree from Corvinus University in Budapest (involves a semester at Corvinus and an additional load of courses)

Possibility of obtaining a certificate from the University of Georgia, USA (as long as you take courses that are the subject of an agreement between the two universities)

Courses taught by foreign professors from partner universities