Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development

The Master of Science in Public Policy and Human Development programme is a double-degree programme of Maastricht University’s Graduate School of Governance and University Nations University’s institute UNU-MERIT. In 2018, the programme was re-accredited by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) and received the official EAPAA accreditation by the European Association for Public Administration Accreditation.

The Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (MGSoG) of Maastricht University is integrated within UNU-MERIT. MGSoG is a member of APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, and of NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration.

The starting point of the MPP programme is to stimulate students to gain an understanding of the basic idea of good governance. The emphasis of the programme lies with the question of how can public policy be dealt with in the most effective and efficient way.

To guarantee high quality in an international environment, we cooperate with the faculties of Maastricht University, partner universities and international bodies, such as the International Labour Organization (ILO). The MPP programme concentrates on public policy analysis and governance in general and includes the following specialisations:

  • Social Protection Policy (in co-operation with the ILO)
  • Foreign Policy & Development
  • Migration Studies
  • Risk & Vulnerability (in co-operation with UNU-EHS)
  • Regional Integration & Multi-Level Governance
  • Governance of Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

See our ‘SMART Choices‘ site for help when choosing your specialisation.


In this programme, you will be trained in formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policy in order to be able to give recommendations for improving or replacing ongoing policies. Students are provided with a variety of skills, tools and knowledge which will enable them to work as policy designers and policy analysts in public and private institutions.

Student Profile

The programme serves various groups of students, ranging from bachelor’s students to mid-career professionals. UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance aim to recruit students with strong academic records, a demonstrated commitment to public (international) affairs and/or an outstanding potential for career growth and leadership.

What can you expect?

  • a concentrated one-year Master’s programme
  • approximately four hours of class per day
  • training in small international groups
  • skills workshops, presentations, debates
  • personal guidance
  • a challenging but rewarding programme!

NN Future Matters Scholarship

Applicants to our Master’s programme are eligible for the NN Future Matters Scholarship. All questions related to scholarships can be directed to our scholarship office at

For more information about programme details, student profile and admission, please visit our pages on the Maastricht University website.