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MASTER's degree Public Administrations Management - year 2

  • Initial training - continuing education
  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Standard rhythm
  • Eduniversal Ranking : 6th

Presentation of the training

This Master's Degree prepares students for the exercise of senior and middle management in organizations that implement public policies and services (administrations, companies, non-for-profit organizations). Informed about the legal, economic and political constraints of public management, it builds managerial skills on the priority of public performance: participating in the definition and evaluation of public policies, their implementation, planning and steering, up to ensuring the quality and efficiency of processes and services.

The Master's Degree meets the needs of permanent modernization of public action in a very constrained economic context. It enables students to specialize in resource functions in high demand: finance and management control; HRM and organization. It provides training in the challenges of innovation and e-administration in public services. The program opens up to the professions of public management consulting.

The Master's Degree is part of a two-year skills-building approach.

Based on a first year

which covers the theoretical, legal and technical elements of public administration, the second year develops the knowledge and know-how necessary for practical experience in management functions (governance of public organizations, leadership and change management), as well as management practices in the finance-finance-management control-HRM functions. Further training in these functional areas is planned for the second half of the year (Advanced training in finance and management control; Advanced training in human resources and organization).

In addition, the training provides the skills needed to optimize and finance public action in today's constrained contexts (European funds, new financing, public procurement policies, innovation management, e-administration).

The development of these skills is supported by a mixed teaching team made up of university professors and senior civil servants.

  • Target audience

    The students of the Master 2 Public Administration Management are mainly from the Masters Degree 1 in Public Management, and exceptionally from other university courses (law, economics, management).
    Robust managerial experience (mainly in a field of public action) can be an asset for direct admission to the second year of the Master's program.

    The Master's degree is open in continuing education to professionals in managerial positions in the public and parapublic sector or to professionals in other sectors undergoing professional reconversion.

  • Skills

    The public manager's skills are divided into several fields of action:

    General management, supervision

    • Contributing to defining the strategic orientations of a public policy in conjunction with elected officials and stakeholders (beneficiaries, citizens, other network organizations, the territory, etc.).
    • Defining and managing an organization, management or service project aimed at optimizing constrained resources and mobilizing talent.
    • Allocating resources, monitoring strategy and operational implementation
    • Accompanying changes brought about by reforms or resulting from local initiatives or projects

    Finance and Management Control

    • Developing and implementing financial and management control procedures and tools (budgets, reporting tools, dashboards, controls, cost analyses) to monitor and correct public performance in terms of efficiency, quality and socio-economic effectiveness.

    HRM and organization

    • Designing and promoting strategic human resources management through a perfect knowledge of the legal constraints of the civil service and by anticipating trends (mutualization, statutory diversity, teleworking, etc.).
    • Designing and implementing tools and systems for forward-looking HR management, employee mobilization and professional development, and improving the social climate

    Consulting, e-administration

    • Conducting or conducting studies to evaluate public policies and services
    • Mobilizing electronic resources (digitalization, big data, information systems) to improve internal management and renew the range of services offered to the user
  • Organization of the training

    At the start of the 2022 academic year, the general work-study rhythm will be organised with half a week of classes every fortnight in Aix-en-Provence (1 week per month), professional practice (3 weeks per month) and examinations spread over the academic year, thus allowing for return visits to the field. The beginning of the course (first three months of the first semester) is an exception, with a high density of courses (2 weeks per month) to encourage the rapid acquisition of a professional base and the entry of students into their assignments.

    The training and experience acquired throughout the year are the subject of a dissertation and support in building a professional network. 

    The speakers combine various teaching methods: theoretical presentations, case studies, role-playing, role-playing and discussion time, allowing the student to be an active participant in his or her training.

    The lecturers combine various teaching methods: theoretical presentations, case studies, role-playing, role-plays, role-plays and time for exchanges, allowing the student to be an actor in their training.

  • Content of the training

    Semester 3:

    Governance, Leadership and Change (9 ECTS)
    Territorial, administrative and service projects
    Leadership and change management in the public sector
    Resource Management in the Public Sector (12 ECTS)
    Controlling and Costing in the Public Sector
    Operational Human Resources Management
    Public finances: operational management and foresight
    Resource management in a context of reforms (9 ECTS)
    Public purchasing policy
    European funds and new methods of financing public action
    Seminar: Current state of public reforms

    Semester 4:

    New administrative practices (9 ECTS)
    Electronic administration and public data management
    Smart city and e-democracy
    Mobilization of innovation management teams
    Comparative approach of policies and administration
    End-of-studies work and professional integration (12 ECTS)
    Dissertation and defense 
    Professional integration workshop
    Professional accompaniment - activity report 
    Dissertation methodology 
    Improvement in resource management (9 ECTS) 
    Management control and performance management
    Financial audit and financial risk management
    Changes in public HR: diversity, risks, telework
    Organizational audit

  • Further education and job opportunities

    Further education :

    Ph.D. in Sciences Management


    Sectors : public and private sector

    • Public administrations and public enterprises (Central administrations, Local authorities, Public institutions, Agencies, Development agencies, GIP, International organizations and institutions)
    • Companies working with the public sector (Société d'Economie Mixte, SPL, SPLA, SCIC, Public services (public works, transport, urban planning, health, social, restoration, environment, waste, energy...), Banks, financial institutions)
    • Consulting firms, management consulting agencies,
    • Companies engaged in CSR or quality initiatives, social and solidarity economy companies, NGOs, non-for-profit organizations.

    Targeted positions :

    Contractual managers in the public sector, Project managers (European funding, new funding, e-administration, e-governance), Project managers (European funding, new funding, e-administration, e-governance); Management of units in private/non-profit organizations invested in the public sector, Consultants in the public sector.

  • Admission requirements

    Admission is subject to application.

    • For students in initial training: a Master 1 in Public Management or a diploma of equivalent level, more generally a Master 1 in Law-Economy-Management in line with the professional project and the program.
    • For those in continuing education: a Master 1 in Public Management or equivalent functions in the public or private sector, in line with the professional project of evolution or consolidation proposed by this program.
  • Partnerships & training highlights

    The Master 2 MAP is the support diploma of one of Aix-Marseille Université's International Partnerships of Excellence. The double Degree with the School of Management of the University of Sherbrooke (Quebec) offers four students the opportunity to spend the second semester of studies in Canada and to obtain on their return the diploma of Aix-Marseille Université at the same time as the Master in Administration, public management course (Bac+5) of the University of Sherbrooke.

    Entry into the dual Degree system is conditional upon a selection process at the home and host universities.


It was not a long way from my Bachelor's degree at IMPGT (2012-2015, then Master MAP) to my current position as a public sector consultant (Cabinet SEMAPHORES, ALPHA group). This training provides the tools to understand the functioning of our society and our public institutions, and the end-of-study internships allow me to assimilate theory and practice to enter the world of work in the best conditions. Enjoy!

Public Sector Consultant - SEMAPHORES
MASTER's degree Public Administrations Management - year 2
Class of 2016-2017


Pedagogical managers :

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Emil Turc
In charge of European public administration networks
Lecturer | Academic Director of Master's degree programs : Public Management Year 1 / Public Administrations Management Year 2
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Céline Du Boys
Pedagogical Innovation Project Manager
Lecturer | Academic Director of Master's degree programs : Public Management Year 1 / Public Administrations Management Year 2

Schooling Service :

Sandrine Fournier
Master's degree program Registrar : MESS (Year 1-2) | MAP, DMPCT, MCP, ANMT (Year 2)