The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Public Administration (90 ECTS credits) is aimed at individuals who wish to take on significant responsibilities in the public sector or within organisations whose activities occur in close interaction with it. The MAS is a diploma of continuing education in public administration and is well-suited to professionals who wish to study while working. This programme has developed successfully over 30 years, provides the latest thoughts and analyses on public administration, offers a solid grounding in the latest public-sector issues and, through the opportunity to make numerous informal contacts (at diverse conferences and talks), it gives students access to a unique network of professionals in the domain of policy and administration.
Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in public administration/
Master of Advanced Studies in Public Administration (MPA) with 90 ECTS credits
The course’s principal objectives are:
The MPA is aimed primarily at students with a solid professional background. It is a part-time programme, generally based on one day of classes per week, with students usually continuing with their professional responsibilities at 80%. With this in mind, the MPA does not plan for internships in public institutions as the majority of students make the most of the opportunity to experiment and learn in their own “natural” working environment.
The standard programme duration is 3 years: 2 years of classes and 1 year to develop and write the MPA dissertation. However, it is possible to condense the programme’s classes into 1 academic year or extend the duration of studies out to a maximum of 5 years.
The MPA is designed and organised for flexibility; students can start the programme at the beginning of any trimester. Depending on how their professional situation evolves, students can change the rhythm and duration of their studies during the programme.
The programme can be further personalised, as in addition to the obligatory core modules, the student must choose to follow three out of twelve optional courses.
The MPA programme requires a sustained effort throughout the entire period of study. Class attendance in obligatory and students must also carry out a significant amount of personal work involving reading, the preparation of case studies, teamwork activities and essay writing, not forgetting the dissertation.
The intense, one-year, full-time version of the programme makes it impossible to carry out any professional activities in parallel.
The programme is particularly aimed graduates from universities or higher education institutions:
Exceptional candidates without a classic university or academic background may also be taken into consideration.
In addition to the quality and contemporary relevance of its courses, the MPA also offers the following key elements:
Lessons are presented from an innovative and dynamic angle, always assimilating the contemporary problems facing public services. Interactive teaching methods ensure student participation, and they are encouraged to contribute to theoretical thinking and to share their professional experience and experiences, all of which go to enrich the contributions of the teaching staff.
Furthermore, the programme allows students to get to grips with the current transformations being carried out in public services via case studies and numerous lectures from external experts in the field.
The MPA programme’s courses are taught in French. The two other working languages are German and English.
It should be noted, however, that trimestral essays and the final dissertation can be written in French, German or English (and in Italian, with the Professor’s agreement).
Courses are taught by professors from IDHEAP. Lessons are enriched by interventions and talks by numerous specialist outside speakers, professionals and researchers in the different domains covered by the MPA.
These outside speakers represent further potential contacts whom students can aim to integrate into their growing networks—an essential element in the successful evolution of any career.
IDHEAP is developing different partnerships and collaborations with the best higher education establishments internationally. Students can already have a module passed in one of the following partner institutions validated by IDHEAP:
The MPA programme has been designed with reference to Swiss and European accreditation standards so as to ensure that the diplomas of those students who wish to pursue their studies or activities abroad are more easily recognised. IDHEAP is accredited by the Swiss Confederation (AAQ), and the MPA is accredited by the EAPAA (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation); the latter accreditation was validated in 2013 and is valid seven years.
IDHEAP’s Committee on Continuing Education is responsible for running the MPA programme, and is notably in charge of candidates’ admission to the programme and evaluating lessons. The Committee is organised in collaboration the University of Lausanne’s and the EPFL’s Foundation for Continuing Education.
Operational questions linked to the MPA are managed by programme’s head of scientific content, Prof. Yves Emery, Chairman of IDHEAP’s Committee on Continuing Education. He is supported by the study secretariat, whose duties are fulfilled by Stéphanie Huguelet.
In addition, each of the lecturers involved in the programme acts as the first point of contact to discuss any concrete concerns related to the progress of their particular course of studies.
The prerequisites for admission to the MAS in Public Administration are the following:
Exceptional candidates without a university or academic qualification but with a high school leaving certificate and a proven professional track record may also be admitted to the MAS in Public Administration. See règlement du MAS en administration publique.
Total registration and tuition fees for all the courses leading to the MPA are CHF 22,500. This includes all teaching materials and use of the IDHEAP library.
Individuals who wish to apply for a place on the MPA course must prepare a application dossier. Learn more about the application procedure here (in French). The number of places being limited, registrations will be considered on the basis of the date of receipt.