Accreditation process

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To be eligible to apply for accreditation, programmes must fulfil the following requirements
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They must be a degree programme (bachelor or master level) in public administration. EAPAA accredits programmes, not institutions. Different programmes must be evaluation separately, although this can be realised as part of a single process. Public administration is here used here as a generic term and includes all related topics such as public administration, public policy, public management and more specialised themes.
They must be located in one of the following countries:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, The Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, The United Kingdom or Uzbekistan.
applicationHOW TO APPLY
The procedure for applying to EAPAA takes a number of steps. Programmes can apply for accreditation at any time of the year. However, since our Accreditation Committee meets only once a year, in early September, programmes that prefer a quick decision should aim to deliver their self-evaluation report in the first months of the calendar year.
The procedure consists of:
  • A request by the programme to be evaluated;
  • A decision by the EAPAA Board on eligibility;
  • The payment of the fee;
  • The submission of the self-evaluation report;
  • The site visit;
  • And the final decision by the Accreditation Committee.

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In line with the Bologna Treaty of 1999, EAPAA recognizes different categories of programmes:

  • First cycle bachelor level public administration programmes;
  • Second cycle graduate/master level public administration programmes;
  • Combined/comprehensive public administration programmes;
  • Executive/mid career public administration master programmes.

Since programnes are different in nature, EAPAA awards different types of quality evaluation:

(a) Accreditation

(b) Certification

Although the evaluation processes are in many ways similar, there are some differences. The accreditation process places more emphasis on academic multi-disciplinarity, internationalisation and the research-based element of programmes. This is suited to academic programmes at a mature stage of development and with an international orientation. The certification process puts more emphasis on training for the national public service and is a lighter procedure at lower costs. Certification can be pursued independently or, for programmes that aim to become more internationally oriented, as a first step towards accreditation.

If programmes are uncertain which type of evaluation is best suited to them, they are welcome to contact the EAPAA secretariat for advice.

In certain cases, it may be possible to integrate EAPAA evaluation into another accreditation process, such as national accreditation or evaluation by another international agency. This may significantly decrease the administrative burden of the process.
This integration can be realised in different ways. The most far-reaching kind is that there is one self-evaluation report produced for both agencies, which is used as the basis for a joint site visit by an integrated committee from both organisations. The conditions are (a) that the report offers the information necessary for the evaluation of all EAPAA criteria, (b) the joint site visit team complies with EAPAA criteria and (c) the evaluation report of the joint site visit team is sufficient for assessment by the EAPAA Accreditation Committee. However, various hybrid forms are possible, as long EAPAA can make an independent assessment of the programme in question.
Since this requires thorough planning, programmes interested in integrating different procedures should signal this as early as possible.


Application for Accreditation Application for Certification Accreditation / Certification Procedure Site Visit Manual
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Self-Evaluation Report Guidelines for Accreditation Self-Evaluation Report Guidelines for Certification Self-Evaluation Report Guidelines for Accreditation PhD Programmes EAPAA Standards
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To receive the EAPAA seal of approval, programmes must show substantial conformity to the standards. These standards are in line with the guidelines of ENQA and INQAHEE, and were inspired by the accreditation criteria of NASPAA.
Accreditation criteria: Certification criteria:
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