Public Governance

KTU was the first university in Lithuania to organise public governance studies, and with this experience, we guarantee a high quality of studies and professionalism. This programme is for those who aspire to become strong public governance specialists. It is also for those who want to learn public governance theories and practices, the values, ethics and principles of civil society, its main social research methods, and who want to apply them in the management activities of the public sector. Since 2019 the programme offers a dual degree with the University of Central Florida (UCF) that is located in Orlando, USA.

The programme is focused on key issues of public administration and non-profit management in a globalising world. It allows students to acquire a thorough understanding of how public policies affect societal outcomes and the lives of citizens in evolving political and social contexts.  At the end of the programme, students will be able to develop well-designed policies and systemic reforms that can enhance the effectiveness and legitimacy of national and transnational public policies and administrative systems. The programme provides students with a unique possibility to achieve professional knowledge and practical skills in public administration and non-profit management in both Europe and North America.

Graduates from this study programme will have the knowledge, values, global awareness and experience necessary to be a successful leader in public and non-profit sectors.

Code 6121LX027
Location Kaunas
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Cycle First cycle
Field Public Administration
Language English
Study mode and duration Full-time studies - 4 y. (Day-time)
Degree awarded Bachelor of Public Administration
Dvigubas laipsnis

Guest lecturers

Edmundas Jakilaitis

Political journalist

Thomas A. Bryer

Professor at University of Central Florida

Michiel de Vries

Chair in Public Administration at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (Netherlands), Past President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA)

Naim Kapucu

Professor at University of Central Florida


Dual Degree

Dual degree programme with the University of Central Florida

This dual degree study programme is unique in the fact that for the first time in the history of higher education, European and American academic systems are running together. The programme is the first of its kind in BA studies of public administration. The students will spend the first two years in Lithuania, studying the courses at KTU compatible with the courses at UCF. From the third year, KTU students will study together with UCF students in a joint group, sharing their study time between Lithuania and the United States.


Knowledge of Public Governance processes

Graduates are expected to become future leaders within the public sector with global awareness and competency in public administration and non-profit management. They will gain community leadership skills, as well as knowledge of building and managing public programmes and policies both in Lithuania and internationally. Students will develop competency in managing contemporary multicultural challenges and issues of human resources. After completing the programme, they will have the opportunity to become leading practitioners in managing global public governance systems.


Broad career prospects

Graduates will be able to work in management and administrative positions, in public administration institutions, non-governmental organisations, and businesses, on both national and international levels.
The study programme offers many possibilities to complete internships in various institutions both in Lithuania and abroad (EU, USA, etc.).


Strong analytical competencies

The study programme aims to educate future public sector professionals with high analytical competences that empower them to formulate and implement data-driven and evidence-based public governance decisions. The study process involves intensive training in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and presentation skills. In tackling practical public governance issues, students will use empirical data collected by different social research projects and public institutions. This data is stored at the Lithuanian Data Archive for Social Sciences and Humanities (LiDA) hosted at KTU. Lithuanian HSM archive (LiDA) provides virtual digital infrastructure where researchers can deposit, search, browse, make online analyses and download more than 300 quantitative and qualitative social sciences and humanities data sets. LiDA facilitates access to the research data for students’ study assignments and final degree projects, as well as having access to European Social Survey (ESS) and the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), which allows inclusion into the learning process data-driven approach.


Future leaders of public governance start here

Students are highly motivated to accomplish exceptional results. The university provides a creative environment that helps students gain professional knowledge and practical skills that are highly sought after in local and international job markets. Students are encouraged to join student organisations or other social and extracurricular activities both at KTU and in UCF.



Public governance – state, politics, nationals, strategic planning
Civil service – models, reforms, image, trust
Analytics – quantitative research, qualitative research, public finance, civil service
Ethics – corruption prevention, values, lobbying, citizenship
Strategic, management dimension Political, value dimension Legal dimension Analysis and reasoning



Justina Jasinskaitė

Activity Manager and Assistant General Director of Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania


This study programme is perfect for those who want to gain not only theoretical, but also practical knowledge about the public administration system in Lithuania and its’ international practices. It is also important to mention professional lecturers, who use their knowledge and apply it to realities of today in interesting ways. I am thankful to KTU for being able to study Public Governance. I made great use of the knowledge and practice I had gained, it is still helpful to me in my studies, as well as my work and everyday life.

Povilas Mačiulis

Political figure


We have been partners with the representatives of the KTU Public Governance study programme for quite a while now, every year I am invited to be the chairman of the Quality Committee. We also invite students to do their internships in our organisation, allow them to contribute to the decision-making process regarding issues relevant to the city of Kaunas. The graduates of this study programme gain various competences necessary in civil service, such as critical thinking, ability to communicate with nationals, ability to apply various tools of public governance, and others.



Student’s competences

  • Knowledge of economic, social, legal and political public administration and public sector context.
  • Knowledge of principles of public policy and values of public administration, and selection of innovative management measures in public sector activities.
  • Change and innovation management in public sector and public management organisations.
  • Understanding of public interest and commitement to public sector values.

Student’s skills

  • Able to establish public management priorities, formulate objectives and tasks, implement them and assess public programmes and projects.
  • Able to perform analysis of public management processes, identify and distinguish results and long-term consequences of public policy, and assess significant alternatives according to the set priorities of public policy.
  • Able to identify practical problems of public management and prepare recommendations for their ethical solutions.
  • Able to individually select management measures used in public administration practice and apply various analytical instruments.



You may become

  • Review of the applied policy and legislation, preparing organisation strategies and their implementation.
  • Commitment to the public sector values and implementing public sector principles in ethical decision making processes.
  • Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, and political and administrative viability policy.
  • Organisation human resource management.
  • Assessment of impact, financial consequences, synergies with other programmes, and political and administrative viability policy at national and international level.
  • Review of operations and programmes, performance of threat and risk assessment.
  • A public servant is a person who is appointed or elected to a public office, motivated to defend public interest and implement public policies. The  public servant‘s duties include providing service to the public in the form of protection, administration or maintenance.
  • Forecasts on trends and risks in public sector
  • Analysis of public sector processes and their compliance with public sector values.
  • Review of the applied policy and legislation aiming to identify discrepancies and absolute provisions.
  • Management and delivery of threat and risk assessment in reference with public interest.



Minimum requirements

Proficiency in English
Language requirements

IELTS ≥5.5, TOEFL ≥75, CEFR ≥B2, or equivalent

Eligibility CGPA
High school certificate

Maximum 3 years after high school graduation is eligible.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English / Russian.

The documents must be legalised (Apostille) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the documents were issued. This requirement does not apply for the documents issued in the EU and Belarus, Ukraine.

Minimum average grade (CGPA) > 60 % in each entry subject.


Score structure

Subject Coefficient Type
First subject

History or Mathematics


Final exam

Second subject

English language


IELTS, TOEFL, CEFR or equivalent

Third subject



Online interview


Tuition fee

Full-time studies 2900 €
Price per credit 48,33 €
Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 1669 €
Price per credit 27,82 €


Financial support