CAS ETH in Public Governance and Administration (CAS ETH PGA)

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

Certificates of Advanced Studies

CAS programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification. They are aimed at university graduates who are working and wish to enhance their professional skills or specialise in a particular subject. They correspond to at least 10 ECTS credits and 150 contact hours and may involve written project work or a thesis. They are organised in the form of block courses or courses on fixed days of the week and last one to two years.

Certificate of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Public Policy & Governance

Preparing the next generation of public sector leaders with the skills necessary to tackle today’s global challenges.

Programme structure

Programme description

Regardless of which geographical region or which policy area you are working in, you need the ability to dissect multidimensional policy issues, the tools to lead outside your area of expertise and a vision for governance in an age of interconnectivity and technological disruption. The CAS ETH PGA is a certificate programme designed for aspiring public sector leaders to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence across these three critical dimensions.


Participants will learn to understand key governance frameworks and problems, dissect multi–dimensional policy issues and effectively lead across the spectrum of technical, human, and conceptual challenges.

Professional perspectives

Programme graduates will strengthen their ability to effectively implement public administration and governance projects and will position themselves to take on roles of increasing responsibility within their organisation.

Programme structure

One 15-day block.
64 hours individual preparation and debriefing exercises, 128 contact hours, 175 hours individual CAS thesis writing.

Additional information

Throughout the course, participants analyse best–practice cases in order to translate innovative solutions into their own political and administrative context. The CAS ETH PGA is structured around innovative, competency–based learning experiences, including simulations, peer–to–peer learning, excursions, and best-practices analyses, as well as expert lectures and group discussions.

Tuition languages

English: 100 %


Certificate of Advanced Studies ’CAS ETH ’Public Administration and Governance’ (CAS ETH PGA)

Credit points

15 credits

Target group and requirements

Target group

The programme is designed for motivated and accomplished junior to midlevel professionals of any nationality, who want to take on challenging governance projects and transform public institutions.


Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH or equivalent educational qualifications; minimum of three years relevant practical experience. Fluency in English (C1).

Required language skills

Fluency in English (C1) - Show proficiency scales

Examination languages


Time and place


Exceptionally in January 2021 (postponement of September 2020 course) and again, regular, in September 2021


15-day block

Application period

01.01.-30.11.2020 for Start January 2021 (due to Covid-19 only candidates residing in Switzerland can be considered)
01.01.-31.05.2021 for Start September 2021 (later applications may be accepted upon request if places are still available)


ETH Zurich

Tuition fee

CHF 8,000 (for the programme starting in January 2021)
CHF 8,900 (limited number of full and partial scholarships available)

Deregistration fee

CHF 4,450 starting 30 days after admission
CHF 8,900 after start of the programme



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Questions about the application

ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-18.5, Rämistr. 101, 8092 Zurich, phone 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

Additional application documents

Proof of English language proficiency (if available)


Programme management

Professor Michael Ambühl (Programme Director) and Nora Meier (Programme Manager)


ETH Zurich, D-MTEC, Nora Meier, Weinbergstrasse 56/58, WEV K 516, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 6153 , meiernor [a] ethz[.]ch

Responsible body

ETH Zurich, Department of Management, Technology and Economics (D-MTEC), Swiss School of Public Governance


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