For admission to the master's programme in Public Policy and Human Development, you will need to submit several documents, including:
- a recent copy of your CV
- a copy of your passport
- a passport-size picture
- proof of proficiency in English* (IELTS / TOEFL)
- two letters of reference, from current or former professors and/or employers
- copies of your degree(s) and lists of grades (If necessary translated in English by an official translation agency)
- a motivation letter which explains why you chose this programme and which convinces the Board of Admissions that you will complete the programme successfully
- an essay (400 words in Word/PDF with searchable text) on one of the topics below (Make sure the essay really covers one of these topics and that you title the essay properly with the topic and question as stated below)
- Social Policy Design and Financing: What is, in your opinion, the most important challenge for social protection policy in your country in the next five years?
- Migration Studies: In your opinion, what are the key factors that governments should take into account when forming their immigration policy?
- Foreign Policy and International Relations: Intellectual property rights are a controversial topic: one the one hand, they protect the investments of past innovators, but on the other hand, they can stifle future innovators seeking to build on existing work. Have intellectual property rights been beneficial for your country? Discuss.
- Risk and Vulnerability: "We constantly face the risk of calamities and disasters, either man-made or natural. Which do you consider to be the most pressing risk face by your country, and how should it be addressed?"
- Regional Integration and Multi-Level Governance: In your opinion, how can regional cooperation help your country address some of its most important policy challenges? What are the main promises and pitfalls?
- Institutions, Innovation and Development: In the age of globalization, knowledge is supposed to flow easily between countries. Hence all countries should be able to benefit from innovation-based growth. Do you agree with this optimistic outlook on development?
Proof of English proficiency
Maastricht University requires a proof of English proficiency. You can be exempted if you are a native English speaker or have obtained a bachelor's or master's degree in an English-language programme and in an English-speaking country. (Please upload a brief note under the box 'request for exemptions' if you want to apply for an exemption on these grounds.)
If you do not meet the requirements for exemption, you will need to take an English proficiency exam with the following minimum scores:
- TOEFL exam: minimum score of 100 for the internet-based exam. (TOEFL code number of Maastricht University is 7102)
- IELTS exam: minimum score of 7.0
- Cambridge English, Proficiency: minimum grade of C
- Cambridge English, Advanced test: minimum grade of A
Results of exams taken more than 3 years before the date of your application will not be considered.
To ensure that all students are capable of participating fully in this intensive Public Policy and Human Development programme, partial scores will also be considered. The requirements for partial scores are:
|Reading: 23 or higher||Reading: 6.5 or higher|
|Writing: 23 or higher||Writing: 6.5 or higher|
|Listening: 22 or higher||Listening: 6.5 or higher|
|Speaking: 22 or higher||Speaking: 6.5 or higher|
|Cambridge English:Proficiency||Cambridge English: Advanced|
|Reading: Grade C1 or higher||Reading: Grade B|
|Writing: Grade C1 or higher||Writing: Grade B|
|Listening: Grade C1 or higher||Listening: Grade B|
|Speaking: Grade C1 or higher||Speaking: Grade B|
Without fulfilling this requirement, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be submitted to the Board of Admission for assessment.
Submission of documents
The certified copies of your degree(s) and grades and your original letters of recommendation will need to be sent to our postal address in addition to being uploaded digitally:
Maastricht Graduate School of Governance
P.O. Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
The reference letters must be sent to us either as an original hardcopy by mail, or alternatively, they can be emailed directly by your former or current professors/employers to info-governance[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl.
Online preparatory courses
The Maastricht Graduate School of Governance accepts students from many different countries and with various different backgrounds. As a result, prior knowledge levels can often vary quite substantially among students. Moreover, during the first semester our students will be challenged not only by the academic study, but also by numerous extracurricular activities.
In order to facilitate a ‘level playing field’ and to allow for a smooth transition into our master’s programme, we offer an online summer course in mathematics to prepare you for the challenging quantitative courses in the fall semester. Once you have been admitted to the master's programme, you will receive an email with additional information and a link to an online self-test that tells you whether participating in the online course would be beneficial for you.
The courses are generally free of charge for admitted students. Please note that the actual costs per participant will be sponsored by the School. In return for having free access to the course(s), we expect you to be motivated, able and willing to:
- participate actively online on a regular basis for 6 weeks (this requires internet access and time)
- study about 80 hours for each course
English language training
All of our programmes are taught in English, and we realise that some participants might feel insecure about their level of English. Fortunately, Maastricht University offers plenty of possibilities for you to enhance or develop English language skills.
Pre-Academic Training (PAT)
If you do not meet the language standard mentioned in the admission requirements, you may be able to join the pre-academic training at Maastricht University. Offered by the Center for European Studies (CES), the pre-academic training enables you to improve your English proficiency as well as other related communication and study skills. The timing of the course allows you the opportunity to obtain the required English proficiency score before the start of your master's programme.
Maastricht University Language Centre
You can also further develop your skills in English or in other foreign languages at the UM Language Centre for reduced student rates. Developing a true international profile also includes learning foreign languages. Market research has shown that it is frequently the third or fourth language that proves to be the decisive factor in getting a job. It can also open doors for interesting career moves.
Non-EEA students must pay a €100 handling fee
Non-EEA students who apply for this master's programme will have to pay a handling fee. Your application will not be taken into consideration without the required fee of €100 (excl. bank costs) which you will have to pay when you apply.
The handling fee is to cover certain administrative costs in relation to your application.