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MA in Governance

This one-year taught degree program offers students an in-depth look at key issues of Governance, and enables students to choose from a variety of elective courses addressing the most pressing themes being discussed throughout Europe.

To whom it is addressed
It is ideal for students with first degrees in the political and/or legal sciences who desire or require in depth knowledge in key themes related to governance, with a special focus on the EU, for their professional advancement.

Students should note that this program can be a first step towards a research degree in the field of governance studies, specifically the MPhil or PhD.

Program Benefits

The MA in Governance is supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO. Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding and awareness of the most up-to-date scholarly research and best industry practices, as well as a solid professional network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

Program Content

The MA in Governance is a one-year taught degree program with a thesis requirement, earning a total of 90 ECTS credits. Courses are led by key theorists and practitioners in their fields, and delivered through classic lectures and interactive tutorials. Some courses will also integrate other teaching methodologies where appropriate, such as site visits to various public and private offices, as well as group presentations. Students must successfully complete 6 compulsory modules and 2 – 4 optional modules, followed by a 15,000 word thesis.

The list of available courses for 2017 is as follows:*


Compulsory Modules:
  • Governance and Public Policy-Making
  • The Political Economy of State, Society and the Market
  • Research Methods for Governance Studies
  • Public Administration and Public Management
  • European Integration and EU Governance
  • International Institutions and Global Governance

Optional Modules:
  • Theoretical Approaches to Public Governance
  • Comparative Politics and Governance
  • Human Resources in Public Administration/Organizations
  • Reform Trends in Governance
  • Values, Ethics, and Public Policy
  • Leadership, Negotiations and Social Influence (Theory and Practice)
  • Governance in Various Sectoral Policy Fields
  • Risk Governance
  • Conflict Governance
  • Forms of Regulatory Governance
  • Development of Personal Skills

*Course availability is subject to adequate enrollment


The faculty for the MA in Governance is comprised of scholars and practitioners with international experience. Each course has its own unique design, led by a professor responsible for teaching core lectures, and enhanced by visiting professors and specialists in their fields.

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

Academic Requirements
Students from all over the world are admitted following a rigorous application process. Prospective students for the MA in Governance should have a first or second class undergraduate degree in political sciences, law or a relevant field of studies, or another Master’s degree in a relevant field. High caliber students with a background in a different field of studies or a particularly competitive profile with evidence of relevant professional experience and long-term dedication to the field will also be considered. Due to the international nature of the program, degree equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board.
Language Requirements
All courses of the program will be taught in the English language. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:
  • TOEFL Internet based, 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, B
  • Any other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks
  • Students intending to study at a partner institution for their second semester must clearly demonstrate their ability to attend courses in the relevant language of instruction at the host university they are interested in attending.


To apply for a program, students must first review the application form and its requirements to ensure the collection of appropriate material. By the time they have gathered all documentation they should proceed with payment of the onetime application fee either at the relevant online portal or at via a bank transfer. Students should always add their surname, initial letter of their first name and Degree title in the deposit description. They can then proceed with their application which can only be conducted online and submit it along with the supporting documentation, listed below.

All support documents must be in electronic format and uploaded to be sent with the application, except for the 2 reference letters, which should be emailed directly from Referees to MA admissions at ma@elgs.eu. Students may be invited to be interviewed. Link to the application process here.

At a glance, the application must include:

  1. Completed online Application Form in English
  2. Photograph (scanned and uploaded)
  3. Most Recent Academic Record (scanned and uploaded)
  4. Certificate of Proficiency of English (if non-native speaker, scanned and uploaded)
  5. Law Degree (if applicable, scanned and uploaded)
  6. Personal Statement (400-600 words)
  7. Scholarship Statement (400-600 words, if applicable)
  8. 2 Reference Letters (Using supplied form and sent directly from Referee to ma@elgs.eu)
  9. Thesis Proposal (350 words)
  10. 2 Academic Writing Samples (uploaded)
  11. Application fee of 50€ (non-refundable)

Application process for Session 2017-8 will remain open until the 31st of July when the first round of evaluation expires. Nevertheless a second round has been extended up to the 20th of September for those who still wish to apply. Classes start on October 16.


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Tuition & Aid

Tuition for both EU and International students for the MA in Governance program for the academic year of 2017-2018 is 11,850 euros.

Please be advised that there are other direct and indirect costs related to attendance, in addition to tuition fees, such as books, supplies, accommodation and living expenses which must be taken into consideration by students when applying.

Scholarships are available for a select number of students and take into consideration merit. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, the appropriate box should be selected on the application form and a 400-600 word personal statement must be submitted, outlining the ways in which you satisfy the criteria.