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Public service organizations and, more generally, the organizational structure through which Public Administration operates, require the availability of professionals who are capable of carrying out functions of governance, management and direction, and possess new skills in the fields of organizational strategy, communication and management.

Course Overview

The administration of public affairs, in essence, requires more and more professionals who can interpret the complex territorial, social, political and economic settings, able to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, as well as implement operational and targeted solutions in a timely manner. The Master in Public Administration provides participants with a systemic and comprehensive insight into the complex science of administration, including the knowledge of interdisciplinary fields belonging to organization, socio-economics, communication and management.  Particular attention is devoted to the structural characteristics of public organizations and their operational processes, as well as their connection with the models and rules defined within the European and international setting.

Module I: Introduction to Public Administration

  • Administration Science as a multidiscipline
  • Theories and schools of thought
  • Central and peripheral public administration
  • Regional and local public administration
  • System of functional autonomies
  • Evolution of the administrative system in Italy
  • From the French system to the European co-administration
  • The new organizational formulas of public administration
  • From Ministries to independent administrative authorities
  • Searching for a model among guarantee, regulation and control

Module II: Principles and Functions of Administrative Science

  • Constitutional principles
  • Public administration and the principle of legality
  • Good performance and impartiality
  • The Italian model: private vs. public
  •  From the system of government aid to the policy of competition within the European Union
  • Public services
  • The evolution of ownership and management
  • Control, efficiency and efficacy
  • Quality

Module III: Public Administration, central vs. peripheral, public vs. private

  • The new system of relations between central and peripheral
  • Public and private law in administrative action

Module IV: Means of Administrative Action: Personnel and Resources

  • Human resources in public administration
  • Constitutional principles and methods of recruitment
  • Evolution of the system towards contractualization
  • Public management
  • Public welfare and social security in public administration

Module V: Contractual Activity of Public Administration

  • Public finance
  • Accounting and finance laws
  • Communal co-financing and structural funds
  • Public works and supplies in public administration
  • The system of public contracts in Italy and the European Union
  • The “In-house” model experience

Module VI: Administrative Justice

  • Public Administration and the penal code
  • Crimes against public administration
  • Controversy in public administration
  • The system of appeals
  • Extrajudicial procedures

Outcomes and Professional Profile

The Master in Public Administration is a training program that promotes professional development and career progression for those interested in positions within public administrations and organizations that are engaged in the public interest. The careers that await Public Administration specialists include, but are not limited to Auditor, City Manager, Consumer Safety Inspector, Regional Manager, Criminal Investigator, Customs Inspector, Industrial Relations Specialist, Internal Security Inspector, labour-management Relations Specialist, Mediator, Private Investigator, and Systems Analyst.


In order to be admitted into a Master’s Degree program, applicants must possess the following:

  • Bachelor’s Honours Degree
  • Bachelor 2 years Degree with 3 years of management experience in relevant fields


Master’s Degree programs are offered in both Italian and English in a blended modality. The Master’s program duration is 1,500 hours including study, assessment activities and project work (lessons, seminars, workshops, assessments, evaluation, etc.)

Final Examination

The final exam of the Master’s program, intended to assess the technical, scientific and professional preparation of the student, consists of the completion of project work and discussion of a written dissertation.

Duration: 12 months

Credits: 60 ECTS (European Credits Transfer and Accumulation System)


The scholarship program is administered by IOPS and Marconi University offers partial and full scholarships to a wide variety of students.

Recipients are non-traditional students; seminarians, undergraduate and post-graduate students who are looking to become tomorrow’s leaders.

If you are unable to pay the full tuition fees there might be a chance that you can be granted a partial scholarship that will cover some of the tuition fees for your preferred study programme.

Awarding Body

Guglielmo Marconi University is officially recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research and is also approved by ACICS – Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, the biggest US accrediting institution linked to the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Its courses are therefore valid in Europe as well as in the United States providing students with several career opportunities in several countries.

Course Curriculum

Module 1
Introduction to Public Administration 2 months
Module 2
Principles and Functions of Administrative Science 2 months
Module 3
Public Administration, central vs. peripheral, public vs. private 2 months
Module 4
Means of Administrative Action: Personnel and Resources 2 months
Module 5
Contractual Activity of Public Administration 2 months
Module 6
Administrative Justice 2 months

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