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. Since 2016 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.

Please note:

There is a possibility to study this study programme part-time in Lithuanian regions of Kretinga, Tauragė,  and Marijampolė, in a blended mode. 

Location Kaunas
Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities
Cycle Second cycle
Field Public Administration
Language Lithuanian
Form Full-time studies - 1,5 y. (evening-time; blended learning), Part-time studies - 2 y. (weekend; cyclic, distance studies)
Degree awarded Master of Public Administration
Yearly Price  i Full-time studies - 4384 €
Part-time studies - 2923 €

Entry requirements

Application procedure

The programme is only conducted in Lithuanian language. Entry requirements for this particular programme can be found in the programme description provided in Lithuanian language.



Tuition fee

The indicated tuition fee is applied to 2024-2025 academic year.

Foreign nationals with Lithuanian origins and EU citizens
Full-time studies 4384 €
Part-time studies 2923 €
Price per credit 73,07 €
Partial tuition fee waiver can be applied for the study price.


Financial support






Module of the study programme by semesters





Public Administration master programme is the only one in Lithuania with an International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration (ICAPA) quality certificate.


The first and leading programme

This is the first public administration study programme in Lithuania, running since 1993.

Many years of experience in running the programme have allowed us to develop it according to international standards, create an interdisciplinary and international team of competent lecturers, who trasfer the latest practical and scientific knowledge of public administration into the study process.


Understanding of the meaning of public administration

Upon completion of the Master’s degree programme in Public Administration, you will be able to apply knowledge of public administration in an ethical, professional and creative manner in managerial public sector activities. You will understand the values of the public sector and the specificity of public administration as a discipline. You will be able to systematically analyze the activities of public administration institutions and to critically assess the processes involved in public administration. You will have opportunities to apply for internships that can enhance the learning experience in public administration institutions in Lithuania and abroad.


Managerial positions after graduation

After graduation, you will be able to apply for a diversity of positions in management in public administration institutions, budgetary institutions, non-governmental organizations, as well as in business companies at national and international level.


Data-driven studies

The study process employs data from the Lithuanian Statistical Department, the Lithuanian HSM Data Archive “LiDA”, open data from the civil service, public procurement and other public institutions. The Lithuanian Humanities and Social Sciences Data Archive provides access to high quality, international primary data sources for HSM research. The archive provides research data in a wide range of fields (society, political issues, employment, communities, public opinion, etc.).

Motivating environment

The programme students demonstrate excellent academic performance and often have work experience in the public sector. High motivation leads to a creative environment, which empowers development of the necessary knowledge and skills. The atmosphere will not only be creative, but also very productive.



Student’s competences, gained during the studies, will allow to:

  • Lead, manage and motivate the public sector employees.
  • Set public management priorities, formulate goals and objectives and mobilize resources to achieve them.
  • Implement public management changes and innovations.
  • Commit to the public interest in decision-making.
  • Engage creatively with citizens or groups of citizens.
  • Identify, distinguish and evaluate the short-term outcomes and long-term impacts of public policy.

You may become

This is a person who:

  • Promotes public sector values and public interest.
  • Maintains the communication, implementation and maintenance of document preparation.
  • Coordinates of internal management, public finances, human resources and team building.
  • Regulates 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.

This is a person who:

  • Forecasts on trends and risks in public sector.
  • Analyses public sector processes and their compliance with public sector values.
  • Reviews the applied policy and legislation aiming to identify discrepancies and absolute provisions.
  • Manages and delivers the threat and risk assessment in reference with public interest.




Lecturers. Experts in their field

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)
Eglė Vaidelytė

Eglė Vaidelytė

Ethics and Corruption Prevention in Public Sector
Rūta Petrauskienė

Rūta Petrauskienė

Introduction to Public Governance
Eglė Butkevičienė

Eglė Butkevičienė

Public Programmes and Projects
Rimantas Rauleckas

Rimantas Rauleckas

Social Research Methods
Audronė Telešienė

Audronė Telešienė

Environment and Society
Eglė Gaulė

Eglė Gaulė

Public Finance Management





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