Louvain-la-Neuve is a planned city in nearby Brussels. To a great extent, it still lives following the rhythms of the university that is its raison d’être. However, with the recent construction of a shopping complex, an exhibition centre, as well as a large cinema complex, it is beginning to grow beyond its academic roots. Louvain-la-Neuve is a product of the linguistic quarrels that took place in Belgium during the sixties. After Flemish claims of discrimination at the Catholic University of Leuven, the decision was made to split the institution into the Dutch language Katholieke Universiteit Leuven which remained in Leuven, and the Université Catholique de Louvain. The administration decided to create a new town to host the French-speaking university. The chosen site was situated 30 km southeast of Brussels, in the French-speaking part of Belgium.


The creation of Universities as an institution was one of the best things to come out of the Middle Ages. The institution’s commitment to extending the boundaries of human knowledge, transmitting this knowledge, and thereby increasing the humanity of the human race has kept it at the forefront of civilization in the 21st century. The Université Catholique de Louvain has played a part in this process with pride since 1425. But above all, UCL’s mission to be a great European university is directed towards the future. It takes in teachers, researchers and students from far and wide and the need for strict quality control has never been higher. The internationalization of tertiary education brings new challenges. Inspired by a long history of welcoming others, the university campuses are developing into living communities. UCL is a microcosm of the world it serves. It is a centre of knowledge and innovation, a place of cultural celebration and invention, of achievement and extending the limits of human accomplishment.

Master in public administration (MPA)

The master in public administration provides courses around three objectives:

  • the analysis of the actors’ interactions and multiple issues at stake in the design and management of public policies;
  • the acquisition of methods and tools with a view to improve effectiveness and efficiency in public management;
  • the modernisation and evaluation of change in public organisations.

Within the programme, students choose out of three trajectories for their second year (30 ECTS):

  • Management and evaluation of public policies
  • European management and policies
  • Public policies and sustainability. 

Each direction group together the UCL specialists from multiple disciplines in order to transfer the start-of-the-art of each field to the students. The courses are partly taught in English, but mainly in French.

In terms of professional training, the master prepares students to various executive positions in public organisations at the European, national and local levels and in related private organisations (e.g. political parties, trade unions, interest groups and consultants).


  • UCL hosts 1 to 2 students per year from each partner university. Incoming students are hosted during the 1st and 2nd semester, outgoing students spend go abroad in the 1st semester of their second year.
  • Practical information for incoming students can be seen here and and for outgoing students can be seen here.

  • Students can choose courses offered in the master of public administration, but also from a wide range of graduate courses provided in the Faculty of economics and social sciences.


Contact person:
Ms. Chantal Herman
secretariat-psad@uclouvain.be or chantal.herman@uclouvain.be


École des Sciences Politiques et Sociales - Louvain School of Political and Social Sciences
Place Montesquieu 1 bte L2.08.05
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348