International Public Management - English - Full-time

Many students enter into our programme with the belief that they can change the world. While we appreciate this approach, we strive to educate students to become practical idealists – to find tangible and actionable solutions which they can one day implement as public servants. International Public Management (IPM) therefore helps foster students’ critical and reflective attitudes towards society, exposing them to a range of pressing issues and helping them think critically and analytically. 

In the first year, students engage in a range of subjects required by the field of Public Management, including (but not limited to): economics, international law, sociology and public administration. In year two, students begin to practically apply this knowledge within the context of group projects and case studies whereby international political challenges are addressed. The last two years of the programme grapple with cases that governance actors such as governments and NGOs struggle with at present. The latter is achieved through an applied research module and minor of your choice in year three and an internship and thesis in year four. 



Akosua Gyasi-Boateng

Current 2nd Year Student

Arthur Wiggers

Current IPM Student

Ivona Hristova

On a critical attitude

Drag sideways


International Public Management , 2019-2020

Do you have a Dutch high school diploma?

To begin the IPM degree programme, you should have a HAVO or VWO diploma (in the subjects listed below). You can also qualify for admission with a MBO (level 4) diploma, if you fit the profile.
Niveau 4, middenkader- of specialistenopleiding

Do you have a non-Dutch high school diploma?

IPM is a four-year applied sciences degree programme. To qualify, you’ll need a high school diploma/certificate equivalent to a Dutch HAVO qualification. Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your high school certificate/diploma. To do this in a fair manner, we work directly with NUFFIC, an external organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.

The IPM programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language (, both spoken and written). Students are required to be on at least a B1 level of English. Those who do not meet the language requirements may qualify to enter the English Prep School to brush up on their skills. 

Applicants who are educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (Quebec only when the medium of instruction is English), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including the English language as an exam subject) stated on this diploma list, don’t need to take an English proficiency test.

All other prospective students are required to hand in a valid and sufficient language test.

Please check our entry requirements for more information.
Om toegelaten te worden tot de 4-jarige opleiding International Public Management heb je een diploma nodig dat vergelijkbaar is met een Nederlands havo-diploma en moet je de Engelse taal goed beheersen. Om je buitenlandse of internationale middelbareschooldiploma te toetsen maken we gebruik van de richtlijnen die Nuffic hanteert.
If you have not quite reached the level you need to enrol for a degree but your results are promising, we offer an the Prep School programme, which takes six months or one year. On completion of this, you will not only be ready to join a Bachelor class, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and our university.


If you have not yet reached the level you need in order to enroll for a degree, but your results are promising, then you may be eligible to study at the THUAS Prep School school, for either six months or one year (depending on your level of English). On completion  of the Prep School programme, you will not only be ready to join a bachelor’s degree programme, but you’ll also have learned a lot about the Netherlands, The Hague and THUAS itself. 

Let’s say you want to pursue a degree programme, but don’t have the required subjects as part of your HAVO or VWO qualification, then please view the page ‘Entry requirements’ for further information.

If you’re 21-years-old as of the 1st of September 2019 but don’t have a diploma or a qualification that meets the entry requirements, you can take the 21+ Admissions Test. The 21+ Admissions Test will be offered at several dates during the Spring of 2019. The test consists of a general capacity test. Please note that you can only participate if you have an EEA-nationality or residence permit for the Netherlands that is valid on the test date.
If you obtained your VWO diploma before 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you still qualify for admission. If you have any questions, you can contact the Enrolment Office by completing the contact form.  

There are no exceptions to the official admission requirements. The Enrolment Office is the only party that can make decisions regarding your qualification for admission based on official regulations. You can’t rely on any other sources of information for your qualification for admission.

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