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Public Administration

KTU was the first university to organise Public Administration studies in Lithuania and this programme has now been successfully delivered since 1993. According to the national ratings of study programmes, the KTU Public Administration master programme  has been rated as the best master programme in the field of public administration in Lithuania. From 2016 to 2019 our programme has consistently claimed first place out of the six Public Administration master programmes delivered in Lithuania.

The uniqueness of the programme lies in its data-driven approach and innovative didactics applied in a learning process which enables a contemporary understanding of global transformations and local responses of public governance. The programme aims to educate not only the competent observer, but also responsible and active public administration experts.

The mission of the programme is to prepare highly-skilled experts to have knowledge in public and governance theories and understanding practical contexts. Also to be able to assess public administration processes from a comparative perspective as well as to apply different methodologies in analysing public administration problems as well as solving them in an ethical way.

The educational strategy of the programme is based on the following principles:

  • internationality, including international teaching staff, research cooperation and dissemination of results in the study process;
  • interdisciplinarity, which includes a variety of knowledge and methods from various fields such as ethics, political science, management, and law;
  • methodological competence, developed by using data-driven learning experiences and which draw on data and tools provided by Lithuanian Data Archive (LiDA) for Social Science and Humanities hosted at KTU. 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;
  • contemporary study curriculum, based on contemporary teaching methods such as problem-based learning, design thinking, virtual learning environment, and guest lecturers from non-academic institutions in Lithuania and abroad.

A part-time Public Administration master programme in a blended learning mode is available in the Lithuania regions of Tauragė, Kretinga and Marijampolė.

Description of Study Programme

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements


Score structure

Component Coefficient
First component of the competition score

Average grade (CGPA) of University‘s Bachelor’s degree (min. length – 180 ECTS) and its supplement


Second component of the competition score

Research activities


Third component of the competition score

Motivation letter and online interview



Tuition fee

The tuition fee applied for the academic year 2021-2022 is indicated below.

Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 3989 €
Part-time studies 2659 €
Price per credit 66,48 €
Partial tuition fee waiver can be applied for the study price.


Financial support






Subjects of the study programme by semesters





Strong competencies in policy and security analysis

Graduates analyse contemporary public policy and security processes and through an evaluation of them at national, European, international, and global levels, they will: professionally identify public policy and security issues; present their solutions and predict the expected consequences; and analyse the development and prospects of public policy and security processes.


Opportunity to work in the public sector

Graduates will be able to work in consultative, managerial, and research areas in institutions and organisations of the European Union, public and business organisations, municipalities, ministries, embassies, other public sector organisations, and non-governmental organisations. Our political science graduates tend to pursue a political career, working in political parties or parliament.


Studies and internships abroad

Under the ERASMUS+ Exchange Programme, students can study for one or two semesters in a selected European or international university, including placement practice at international companies and organisations.


Socially active, ambitious students

This study programme appeals to socially active, ambitious students, capable of generating political ideas. Good motivation determines a creative and learning-oriented environment which helps master the knowledge and skills that students need.



Student’s competences:

  • knowledge of economic, social, legal and political public administration context;
  • knowledge of principles and values of the public sector, application of innovative management measures in the activities of the public sector;
  • change and innovation management in public sector and public management organisations.

Student’s skills:

  • able to identify public management priorities, formulate objectives and tasks, implement them and assess public programmes and projects;
  • able to perform analysis of public administration 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 ethical decisions focused on public interest and public service values;
  • able to construct methodology and apply management measures and a wide range of analytical instruments relevant to the public administration practice.



You may become

  • Promotion of public sector values and public interest.
  • Maintenance of communication, implementation and maintenance of document preparation
  • Coordination of internal management, public finances, human resources and team building.
  • Regulatory compliance with respective legislation, documents and standards.
  • A public service officer 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
  • Review of operational processes and consultations.
  • Assistance in establishment of objectives, strategies and plans aiming to increase customer satisfaction.
  • Monitoring the budget allocations and the impact of their application.
  • Monitoring and conducting of social research, proposing and implementing innovative research methods.




Lecturers. Experts in their field

Thomas A. Bryer

Thomas A. Bryer

Professor at University of Central Florida
Michiel de Vries

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)
Michalis  Christakis

Michalis Christakis

Political Scientist, Specialist in Public Administration and European Affairs, President of the Panhellenic Association of General Secretaries (City Managers) in Municipal Authorities (Klesthenes) of Greece
Naim  Kapucu

Naim Kapucu

Professor at University of Central Florida
Caspar van den Berg

Caspar van den Berg

Doctor of Sciences at Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Angela  Bourbouli

Angela Bourbouli

Research and Studies Officer, National School of Public Administration and Local Government in Greece
Edmundas  Jakilaitis

Edmundas Jakilaitis

Political journalist