Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

MSc program on major 38.04.04. “Public Administration”

Objectives of the program (competence)

The principal aim is to enable students to gain the specialised knowledge, understanding, and skills necessary to contribute effectively and ethically to strategic decision-making, opinion forming and operational management for sustainable agriculture and development of rural areas.

Students learn to apply modern methods of integrated assessment of rural development, to design and implement municipal programs for sustainable development of rural areas, to use innovative methods in the management of rural development.

In the end of the Program, the students are equipped with following competencies:

  • ability to think abstractively, analyze and synthesize the material and data
  • ability to act in unfamiliar situations, take social and ethical responsibility for the decisions taken
  • ability for self-development and usage of creative potential
  • ability to analyze, plan and arrange professional activity
  • ability to speak and write Russian and foreign language in order to solve the professional tasks
  • ability to manage the group taking into account social, ethnic, confessional and cultural differences
  • ability to summarize and generalize the information, prepare the guidelines on improvement of the system of public administration
  • ability to generalize the innovative ideas and unusual decisions
  • ability to cooperate in the projects and areas related to project activity
  • ability to apply the methods and theories of Humanities, social sciences and economic sciences when carrying out expert and analytical activity
  • ability to use knowledge on modern technologies of agricultural production and processing in professional activity
  • ability to use the requirements in the field of environmental protection and assess environmental risks in sustainable rural development
  • ability to use economic, social and ecological knowledge and experience in sustainable rural development

Content of the program

There has never been a more urgent need to train students and professionals in sustainable agriculture and sustainable rural development. Experts and professionals in sustainable rural development require skills in social sciences ecology, economics, and knowledge of modern agricultural systems and agricultural policy. The interdisciplinary programme at NSAU was developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, including: Regional Administration, Department of Rural Development and Investments, (each region adds their stakeholders). The combination of expertise in the basic pillars of sustainable agriculture and rural development ensures a truly complete and balanced learning experience. The curriculum is designed to address critical shortages of experts capable of working in government agencies, agricultural enterprises and consultancies as researchers, advisers, policy developers, and managers. The programme provides opportunities to gain professional  and practical experience and encounter sustainable rural development issues at first-hand during field trips.

The program is designed for 120 ECT. Courses are offered as a full time program (2 years) and as a part time program (2.5 years). The graduates receive a state diploma with the qualification “Master of Science in Public administration”. The Master program provides (optionally) academic mobility and training for 1 semester in one of the partner universities of Russia and Kazakhstan.

Professional and practical experience (practice-oriented training)

All students will have opportunities to gain industrial and practical experiences. Teaching visits will be made to the Centre of Aquaculture, Laboratory of Game Management, Centre of Landscape design and Centre of Innovative Farming in order to show practical link with theoretical material (each university adds practical organizations from practical components). You will gain specialised experience in practical science or policy making through a dissertation or project placement with external agencies.

Teaching methods

The programme consists of core modules that provide you with a theoretical and applied learning framework for directed student-centred learning in which you will develop skills of synthesis, critical analysis, and interpretation. In addition, you will receive professional skills training tailored to the areas most relevant to your academic and professional development. You will be taught through debate lectures, problem-based lectures, quiz, business games, scenario and case studies, brainstorming, discussion, round table. workshops, seminars, and some group work and discussion forums. Within modules there is scope for you to direct your learning towards areas of particular interest; this is especially true of your choice of research project or placement.


Taught modules are assessed through examinations, individual and group-based coursework assignments, oral presentations, in-module tests and reports or essays. A significant proportion of the marks are based on your substantial research project.


Full time 2 years

Part time 2,5 years

For applicants

For the Master of Science program in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development you may apply once a year

Opening date: June 20

Closing date: July 20

For applying, you must have the following documents:

  1. Passport
  2. Diploma of the previous education (degree)
  3. 6 photos (3*4)

Students pass complex oral entrance examination

Admission committee’s address:

Novosibirsk State Agrarian University
160 Dobrolyubov Str., Room 235, 630039 Novosibirsk ,
Tel./fax: +7 (383) 223-04-69; E-mail:

Career prospects

As a graduate of our interdisciplinary programme, you will be prepared to understand and take on the challenges of sustainable agriculture and rural development, identify cross-disciplinary solutions to local problems of rural areas and agriculture, and provide solutions for rural development and farming systems in a variety of socio-economic situations and ecosystems worldwide.

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