Programme mission 

The mission of the MPA in Governance programme is to educate professionals in public administration in order to make them more competent in the context of a society faced with increasing challenges, to enhance the quality of governance for the public good. The programme is conducted by FHR School of Governance, Law & Humanities in cooperation with The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS).


Learning Goals

  • To become able to identify and understand the complex field of governance.
  • To develop skills to reach out to other actors within and outside their own organization and country.
  • To become capable to engage effectively in policy-relevant analysis and research in matters of governance.
  • To become adept in managing and leading organizations in complex situations and handling ambiguity.
  • To do all this in an ethical way.


Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of main Governance concepts and theories.
  • Ability to analyze, apply critical and integrative thinking.
  • Formulate evidence-based and policy-relevant judgments.
  • Ability to report on crucial processes and act as a bridge in complex networks.
  • Have an aptitude for continuation of study, related to governance.


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Target population

The program is designed for young professionals and mid-career executives from the public and private sector, non-governmental and other civil society organizations who are committed to public service.

Mode of Delivery

In-class lecturing is from Monday till Friday from 18:00 – 21:30 and on Saturday from 10:00 – 13:30hrs.

Individual in-class exams are on a Saturday from 10:00 – 13:00 hrs.

Class attendance is compulsory.

Program Structure

This part-time MPA (in) Governance programme consists of 72 ECTS and is lectured over 29 months in 16 modules, 2 workshops and an Individual Study Project.  The modules are characterized as core, context and skills.

Title upon completion

Master of Public Administration (MPA) granted by the FHR Institute for Higher Education and certified by the International Institute of Social Studies. The degree is nationally and internationally accredited by:

  • Nationaal Orgaan voor Accreditatie (NOVA)
  • European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA)

*EC (European Credit): A unit expressing the Study Load for students, whereby 1 EC = 28 hours of study. An EC encompasses all study activities, including classroom contact hours as well as hours spent on self-study and group work

A Master degree in Public Administration opens the gateway to a number of career possibilities. With a focus an ethical decision-making the Master in Public Administration has academic knowledge of policy-making and governance and knows how to build strong institutions and partnerships.

Common career opportunities:

Civil Servant:

Also known as, government officer, civil service tends to be more people oriented. This can mean working with citizens and residents on behalf of the government or ministry. Civil servants plan, coordinate, and direct a broad range of services in everything from education to healthcare. State and local governments, as well as finance and insurance, are also potential employers.

Policy Advisor:

The role of a policy advisor is to inform policy makers on various issues. The focus ranges from delivering policies and public service to advising ministers. For example, the policy advisor might give advice on a particular program run by the government, which in turn the policy maker can use to make decisions. A policy advisor may also look at ways to implement policies when they have been approved by Parliament.

Public Administration Consultant:

Being an expert in administration, many public administration professionals can go into consulting. They can be responsible for planning, analyzing, and evaluating the effectiveness of a program. They make policy and procedural recommendations for meeting budgets, deadlines, etc. They provide instructional leadership and day to day management in all kinds of institutions.

Executive Director:

This public administration career is the sort of CEO of a non-profit group. They head up the advocacy, fund raising, and other civic duties associated with the role. Usually chosen by the board of the non-profit, they are charged with running the entire organization.

District Commissioner:

Public administration professionals who have found success in one or more of the above positions can often put their names on the ballot and run for District Commissioner even a position in Parliament. A record of leadership and results can often be required.

Admission requirements

Candidates are admitted on a competitive selection basis.

In order to be eligible for admission to the MPA in Governance programme, an applicant needs to fulfill the following requirements:

a. Degree
A Bachelor degree, preferably in one of the social sciences; consisting of a minimum of three years’ university or HBO study
b. Work experience
At least two (2) or more years of relevant working experience.
c. English Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official test scores from TOEFL or from the FHR TOEFL Equivalent Test.
d. Successful completion of the Admission Required Leveling Courses
All applicants must successfully complete the following admission required leveling courses before December 15, 2020.
e. Submit mandatory documents
  1. a completed and duly signed application form providing the candidate’s personal data, educational record and employment record
  2. copies of certificates and academic transcripts
  3. curriculum vitae
  4. explicit and individualized motivated choice of the programme
  5. employment record
  6. Two (2) letters of reference from employers or other professionals
  7. copy of valid ID or passport
  8. one passport size picture
All letters and documents must be submitted in Dutch or English.


Early Bird Deadline
Submit your application before September 15, 2020 and receive an application fee waiver.
Application deadline
The application deadline is  October 15, 2020

Application Fee

The admission required leveling courses start in October 2020
and the admission fee of € 300 is due by that date.

Program tuition Fee

The tuition fee amounts to € 10.000 (including costs of textbooks
and other study material).


Payment of the Program tuition Fee (incl. books and study material) :
a. Full payment at once
b. Two installments: 50% to be paid latest by September 30, 2020
50% to be paid latest by April 30, 2021
c. A free of interest periodic installment agreement with FHR


We expect each participant to arrange own funding of the tuition fee or through sponsorship of his/her employer
*The above mentioned fees may be converted to Surinamese dollars based on the Centrale Bank Exchange sales rate on the day of payment.
EAPAA accredited
Nova accreditatie