MASTER Territorial Governance with specialization in Local Authority Administration

The purpose of this highly-legal degree is to provide students with highly-specialized applied training, in preparation for a professional career, in the field of territorial administration and local management: local authorities, inter-municipal bodies, decentralized governmental departments, semi-public companies, consultancy firms, associations, public service businesses, etc.

This course offers a vocational or research programme, but is also available as an apprenticeship, initial and vocational training programme.
 
  • Aims
Thanks to extensive institutional partnerships, the specialization provides high-level training focusing on local administration that is indispensable for the professional career itself as well as for passing local civil service selection exams. The course trains graduates to become practitioners who, based on their positions held, are responsible for advising and helping local decision-makers in legally defining local policies and then in implementing them and monitoring them.

Students are made familiar with the complexity of given sectors, of their institutions and networks, and are, as such, able to:
- manage the administrative department of a local authority, a prefecture or any body that works with these aforementioned
- define and manage a programme for assessing local policies and programmes
- define, implement and coordinate public policy guidelines specified by the local authority
- contribute to defining the overall project of the community
- establish financial and economical strategies
- manage departments and teams.

Students, whose position leads them to work hand-in-hand with elected representatives, companies, businesses and the individual partners of local authorities, are able to:
- prepare local government processes (regulations, directing and harmonizing implementation)
- recommend political, economical and social guidelines in their field of expertise
- implement the resources required for validated actions to be implemented and fulfilled: budget allocations, funding and structural packages, establish assignment, programme and timeframe specifications
- establish technical, administrative and financial records
- be proficient in the legal, financial and fiscal spheres of local authority management
- draw up reports, overviews and present results
- ensure the monitoring, assessment and sustainability of the local development process
- carry out performance audits for specific structures
- develop training projects for local authority staff
- manage and coordinate the activities of employees directly under their responsibility
- heighten awareness and mobilize the public and institutional partners.

Students are skilled in:
- public and para-public financial mechanisms
- writing and oral expression techniques
- tools used in information and communication technologies
- one or several foreign languages.
 
  • Contents or list of themes and subjects taught
Each module (UE - Unité d’Enseignement) is assessed using the European credit system, which is based on the appraisal of the volume of work requested from and fulfilled by students. An academic year corresponds to 60 European credits.

The course takes place over a single academic year and comprises an alternating study period from October to April and a period dedicated to vocational traineeship (3 months minimum) beginning in the second half of April. The study programme alternates between teaching weeks, where fifty percent of classes are given by professionals with local authority responsibilities; this is a common base for all students and includes exam weeks, and weeks working in host professional bodies.

Semester 9 Vocational (10 ECTS):
UE 9-1 Managing local authorities: local authorities’ and inter-municipalities’ rights and freedom, local governance, responsibilities of local authority managers, local authority organization, local democracy, local financial law
UE 9-2 Local public policies (6 ECTS): local health and social welfare, local development and economic interventionism, local cultural policy, local security policy
UE 9-3 Local action resources (9 ECTS): project management, public policy contracting, local partnerships, public procurement, local public policy assessment and monitoring, public policy and sustainable development
UE 9-4 Tools, languages and techniques for entering professional life (5 ECTS): techniques for written and oral expression in professional environments, local authority communication and e-administration, applied computing, foreign language(s), professional financial encounters with local practitioners, employability techniques.

Semester 10 Vocational (30 ECTS):
UE 10-5 professional project support (tutored projects, etc)
UE 10-6 Professional experience module: traineeship for at least three months, dissertation and viva.

Traineeship is not part of the apprenticeship programme: apprentices write a dissertation related to their apprenticeship. Traineeship is not part of the research programme either: some of the classes are mutualized with the Vocational programme, others are specific (local authority service (civil service), regional policies of the European Union, initiation in research methodology); a dissertation is written and developed throughout semester 10.
 
  • Prerequisites
Selective admission for all graduates:
- holding a M1 in public law, economic and social administration (local authority administration and management), public administration, management, planning and development and any other diploma that may be considered as equivalent by the Admissions Commission;
- holding a diploma from the Institute of Political Studies (IEP)

Applications for admission are also accepted through the accreditation for prior learning and work experience (VAE - Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience).

The M2 presupposes that sound knowledge of general legal techniques for public law has been acquired during the Degree (licence) studies and during the M1 studies.