Master in Public Policies and Administration


Program Description

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Would you like to build a set of professional skills to contribute to your community? Are you interested in working in the civil service, for your local authority or to improve public services at an international level? Would you like to study in a trilingual program with a strong international orientation?

Course description

This master educates and trains future managers and professionals of public institutions, chambers of commerce, publicly-owned companies or charities, as well as of private enterprises that have business relationships with public entities. These professionals have to face an everyday reality that is getting increasingly complex and that requires a diverse set of skills. This course provides you with the legal, statistical-economic, and management tools you need to do so.

At a glance

  • Italian degree class: LM-63
  • ECTS credits: 120
  • Duration of the course: 2 years
  • Courses will be taught in: Italian, German, and English
  • Places available: 50 EU + 5 non-EU
    Campus: Bozen-Bolzano
  • Tuition fees: € 1.347,50 per year

Structure of the course

The modules offered in this Master include disciplines from the legal, economic, organizational-managerial, and data analysis fields.

After a common first year, the course consists of two streams:

  • Public Policies – focused on the analysis of the motivations and instruments of public policies and on the economic-quantitative techniques used to evaluate their effects;
  • Public Administration – focused on the implementation of public policies from a legal-administrative and managerial point of view.

The multidisciplinary perspective is evident in the choice of subjects from which you can choose, including Public Sector Economics, Public Sector Management and Organisation, Public and Administrative Law, Public Sector Statistics.

Courses include workshops, group work, case studies, guest lectures and study trips (e.g. to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and to the Constitutional Court in Rome) to sharpen students' problem-solving and team-work skills and put them in touch with the concrete issues that public sector managers are called upon to address in their daily work.

Exchange programs and internships

We currently offer more than 50 exchange programs with partner universities around the world and cooperate with an extensive network of companies for internships in Italy or abroad. Attendance in Bozen-Bolzano can be combined with an exchange with a foreign university, in Europe or elsewhere.

During the two years of the program, you will also complete an internship of at least 150 hours in the local administrations, in the Chambers of Commerce, in public companies (e.g. health, transport, school), in non-profit organizations or in European or international organizations, depending on the availability of places and your preferences.


This course is particularly suitable for graduates in Economics, Law and Political Science, but not exclusively. In the admissions guidelines, you will find all the information you need about access to the course if you are a graduate in other disciplines.

In order to be admitted to the course, you will be required to prove that you have a C1 level of competence for the first language and B2 in the second language. If you don't have an official language certification, you can take a language exam at our university.

Selection Criteria

Grades of the first degree and language levels.

There is no admission exam or interview.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working in management positions in government organizations - local, national, and international - in state-run companies, charities, and private companies that provide services and products to government organizations.

If you already have a job, you can strengthen and widen your knowledge and skills in order to progress further in your career. If you are interested in postgraduate education, you can apply for a Ph.D. after finishing this program.

You will be well prepared and ready for the job market. On the website of AlmaLaurea, you can check statistical data about graduates’ satisfaction and their employability.

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Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is located in one of the most fascinating European regions, at the crossroads between the German-speaking and Italian economies and cultures. Its trilingualism in ... Read More

The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano is located in one of the most fascinating European regions, at the crossroads between the German-speaking and Italian economies and cultures. Its trilingualism in teaching and research, its high level of internationalization as well as an ideal study environment guaranteed by its excellent facilities are some of the reasons why Unibz regularly reaches top positions in national and international rankings. Read less