International Public Management - English - Full-time

International Public Management (IPM) is a four-year degree programme which equips students with a broad skillset enabling them to work within the public sector, non-profit organisations, or even the private sector.
Many students join our programme with the desire to improve pressing and complex global issues, often relating to human rights, peace and security, international trade or global warming.
The multifaceted nature of these international problems makes them difficult to define since they may be of a global nature and involve various factors. Therefore, it’s crucial that we not only understand these challenges, but are able to provide effective and actionable solutions to stop them.
If you want to deepen your knowledge in a number of subjects, work on addressing global problems, whilst developing critical thinking and analytical skills, the IPM programme could be for you.
We’re located in The Hague, Europe’s city of peace and justice, which attracts many international organisations and students, from within Europe and as far afield as Asia, Africa and USA. This makes IPM a much richer learning experience.
On graduation, you could find work locally or internationally as a programme or project manager, consultant, analyst, civil servant or policy maker, in public and private sectors. Over 60% of our graduates go on to pursue a masters degree.


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International Public Management is a four-year programme. To qualify, you will need a secondary school diploma equivalent to that of a Dutch HAVO.

Admission recommendation

You have a non-Dutch diploma

IPM is a four-year degree programme. To qualify, you’ll need a secondary school diploma/certificate equivalent to a Dutch HAVO. Before we can decide on your eligibility, we’ll need to assess your secondary school certificate/diploma. To make sure your certificate is evaluated fairly, we work with NUFFIC, an organisation that specialises in the assessment of international education qualifications.

This programme is taught entirely in English. You’ll need a good command of the English language, both spoken and written.

Bachelors candidates who are educated in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (Quebec only when the education language is English), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa or Malta, or students holding a diploma (including English 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 Admission requirements for more information.

If you completed your prior education in another country than those listed above you might still qualify for exemption, if:

  • you have an American or International High School Diploma, or
  • you have an European or International Baccalaureate Diploma.


Please contact the Enrolment Centre and ask for details.


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 don’t meet the minimum entrance requirements and are 21 years or older, the Admission Test 21+ offers you an opportunity. If you pass this test, you can still begin your chosen degree programme. The 21+ test evaluates your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme specific section.

More information on the Admission Test 21+.

You have a Dutch diploma

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


  • N&T Economics
  • N&G Economics
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Economics


  • N&T Economics
  • N&G Economics
  • E&M Immediately qualifies for admission
  • C&M Economics


  • Level 4, middle management or specialised secondary education programme

If you want to take a degree programme, but don’t have the required subjects as part of your HAVO or VWO qualification, THUAS may offer you an opportunity to qualify by taking an extra exam.

If you received a VWO diploma before 2010, your diploma will be assessed individually to see if you qualify for admission. If you have any questions, you can contact the Enrolment Office by completing the contact form

If you don't have the diploma that qualifies your for admission and you will be 21 or older when the new academic year begins, you can take the Admission Test 21+. If you pass this test, you can still begin the degree programme of your choice. The admission test for degree programmes offered at The Hague University of Applied Sciences tests your command of Dutch and English and also includes a programme-specific section.

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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Get a taste of student life

3 November 2018

Open Day

An open day is a great way to see our campus and meet current students, lecturers and our team of study advisors. You can also attend a few presentations by our lecturers.

June 2018

Meet & Match

Have you applied to a bachelors programme at The Hague University of Applied Sciences? Then the chances are you will be invited to participate in the ‘Meet & Match event’. The Meet & Match is a supplement to the Study Choice Check and is your opportunity to check again if the programme that you have chosen is the right one for you. Would you like to know if is possible to do Meet & Match for your programme?

Need help making a decision

We would like to help you make the right decision

It takes a bit of thought and research to find the right programme. The Hague University of Applied Sciences organizes various activities throughout the year to give you the best possible idea of the various studies offered. You also learn what it’s like to study at THUAS. This way, you can click on the registration button without a doubt in mind. Or you’ll know for certain it’s not right for you. 
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