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Governance degrees abroad

Governance programs focus on the operations and interactions of governments and international organizations around the world. It’s a multidisciplinary subject that mixes politics, international relations, and diplomacy with economics, public policy, and sociology.

You’ll study theories and concepts of governance and will be challenged to apply them to real-world scenarios. You’ll also critically examine the challenges faced by public sectors today, and evaluate how issues like global trade, migration, climate change, and terrorism are being managed.

The value of studying governance abroad can’t be underestimated. Seeing the different interests, trends, and difficulties of governments across the globe will provide you with an international perspective that’s vital for success in today’s interrelated world.

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Governance program structure

It’s possible to study governance at the bachelor’s level, but it’s normally only offered as part of a combined program. Typical combinations include governance with economics, public policy, legal order, and diplomacy. Bachelor’s courses last a minimum of three years, or four years if you complete a sandwich year.

You can major in governance as part of your four-year US undergraduate degree, but this is only offered at a handful of universities. You’ll take liberal arts courses for the first two years of your program, before focusing on governance-specific modules for the remaining half.

Studying governance as a master’s degree is by far the most popular and widely available option. To enroll, you must have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, but the specific requirements will vary between institutions. You can study full-time over one year or part-time over two.

After finishing your Master’s you might consider pursuing a research-based MPhil or PhD. These usually require between four and seven years of extra study.

Your class schedule will mainly consist of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and group workshops. You’ll be assessed through a range of written and practical assessments including exams, essays, and presentations, and debates.

Each university will offer a different range of elective modules depending on its cultural context and the research interests of its faculty. However, this list gives you an idea of the core units delivered at most institutions:

  • Theories of governance
  • Governance and public-policy making
  • Fundamentals of governance - diplomacy, negotiation, and lobbying
  • Research methods for governance studies
  • Globalization and global governance
  • Comparative politics and governance
  • Concepts and controversies in international governance

Governance study abroad programs

Governance undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in governance

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    Public Administration and Governance - BA (Hons) Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,194 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,629 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Environmental Governance - BA University of Guelph, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,175 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,433 CAD

    Start date
    September
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    International Studies: Global Governance - BA Bishop's University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,950 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 27,006 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Indigenous Governance - Bachelor's Yukon University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    8,864 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,000 CAD

    Start date
    September, January
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    Indigenous Governance - BA University of Manitoba, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    13,149 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 17,800 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in governance

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    Collaborative Governance - Cert California State University, Sacramento, USA

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    16,800 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 16,800 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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Governance graduate programs

Master's in governance

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    American Indian Studies: Tribal Leadership and Governance (Tempe Campus) - MSc Arizona State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    35,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 35,280 USD

    Start date
    August, January
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    Corporate Governance and Law/Grad.CG - LLM University of Portsmouth, UK
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    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    6,876 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 5,430 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Cybersecurity: Governance, Risk Management and Compliance - MSc DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    23,868 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,868 USD

    Start date
    September
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    Energy Policy and Governance - MPhil Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,946 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    June, October
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    International Affairs: Global Governance, Politics, and Security - MA American University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    34,596 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 34,596 USD

    Start date
    September, January
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Doctorate in governance

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    Energy Policy and Governance - PhD Abertay University, UK

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    19,946 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,750 GBP

    Start date
    June, October, February
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    Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance - PhD University of Nicosia, Cyprus

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    16,280 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    February, June, September
    Show program overview about Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance (PhD, 3 Years or 6 Semesters) – Joint Degree with the University of Padova, the University of Zagreb, the University of Western Sydney, and Panteion University, Athens

Future governance careers

As a governance graduate, you’ll be set for a fast-paced and fascinating career. Your knowledge and skills will be transferable across an array of sectors, including government ministries, global agencies, international aid charities, and NGOs.

Here are some of the roles you’d be best prepared for:

  • Policy advisor
  • Government research officer
  • Politician
  • Diplomatic service officer
  • Public affairs consultant
  • Foreign service officer
  • Political risk analyst
  • International aid/development worker

Most universities have a careers office that can help you find relevant work experience and polish your interview skills. It’s worth dropping by to have a chat about your ambitions and to see how they could support you.