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Master of Public Management (M.P.M.)

Universität Potsdam

© Stefanie Herbst, Uni Potsdam
© Stefanie Herbst, Uni Potsdam
© Stefanie Herbst, Uni Potsdam

The Master of Public Management (MPM) is a postgraduate midcareer 12-month full-time Master’s program completely taught in English.
Launched in April 1999, it was the first of its kind in Germany. Broader than the conventional curriculum for public administration, the interdisciplinary program incorporates a.o. the study of international public policy, public management, global environmental policy and human resource management. The program takes a multidisciplinary approach and draws on the expertise of faculty members from the Department of Economic and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam. Students are encouraged to reflect on public management issues through a wide range of perspectives. The program features also a series of preparatory workshops, a course in professional and academic communication, several extracurricular activities, as well as a study tour.

Governments and public institutions all over the world are being increasingly challenged to provide high-quality services and to respond swiftly and more closely to citizens’ needs. The complexity of organizational and policy change requires professionals to have a new understanding of public service issues and a broad range of skills. Particularly in developing and transition countries, public administration requires decision-makers with interdisciplinary skills who are capable of solving problems in management and communication, thereby helping to drive public administration reform. Designed to meet the demand for appropriately trained managerial staff, the curriculum content of the MPM program is divided into three specialization streams:
The Public Policy and Administration (PPA) stream is designed to equip public sector professionals with the analytical and practical skills required to meet society's need for improved efficiency and effectiveness in public management. With a similar orientation, the Global Public Policy (GPP) stream provides the frameworks to meet the challenges of managing public policies that transcend national borders. The GeoGovernance (GG) stream provides a science-based additional qualification for professionals working at the interface of administrative and environmental policy. Students will be able to understand the complex interactions between natural change processes and critical social and political administrative processes, and develop leadership skills that will equip them for a rapidly changing, globalized environment.

Curriculum Structure
The full-time MPM Program covers two semesters of courses, including a study tour and the writing and defending of a Master's thesis. Participants are expected to enroll in five compulsory courses (three Joint Foundation Modules and two Stream Foundation Modules) and choose two Specialization

MPM handbook >

Special Features

  • Introductory workshops to better adapt to the new academic environment and strengthen intercultural skills
  • Continuous on-campus tutoring and assistance
  • A Study tour to Brussels, “The heart of Europe”
  • Intercultural workshops and Site Visits to German institutions and organizations
  • Alumni network: more than 370 Alumni from 78 different countries
  • Studying in the beautiful settings of the Royal castles and parks of Potsdam
  • Just 20 minutes to the city of Berlin, the vibrant capital of Germany

Learning Approach
Participants in the MPM Program are exposed to a range of interdisciplinary approaches to conceptual assessment, implementation, and the adaptation of cutting-edge management models to the specific circumstances of public sector organizations and public policy-making. MPM encourages pro-active behavior and a hands-on approach to teaching and learning. It requires participants to demonstrate considerable initiative and the ability to carry out highly independent study and research. The program thereby seeks to improve professional competence by developing high-level cognitive and attitudinal skills, as well as practical expertise.

Target Group
The MPM is particularly designed for qualified graduates in economics, business management, social sciences or law with at least 1-3 years of professional experience in the public sector, in business enterprises, NGOs as well as in development agencies. Most of the program participants are hitherto mid-career professionals at the age of mid-twenty to late thirty and held management positions. The program is therefore mainly practice oriented and based on the assumption that students have a solid theoretical background in social sciences which they could already apply and strengthen in their professional lives.

Career Prospects
The program has significant impact on its graduates by enhancing their capacity to manage complex projects and by promoting individual careers as alumni follow-ups show. Most of MPM graduates work in management and executive positions of ministries, local government and NGOs undertaking reform projects in the public sector in cooperation with international aid agencies and organizations such as the GIZ or the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Tuition Fees and Scholarship
The current tuition fee for the MPM Program is 12,900€. Fees cover costs of all courses, use of University's facilities, public transportation pass for the Berlin/Brandenburg area, relevant teaching materials and the Study Tour. We highly encourage all students to seek full or partial funding provided by various sources available, such as the sponsorship of employers, or scholarships offered by public and private foundations, international organizations, or national local governments.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) allocates seven scholarships for the MPM program for prospective students coming from specific developing countries and emerging economies as part of their “Helmut-Schmidt Program”. You will find further information on the DAAD website.

Download the application questionnaire from our website > 

Ms. Stefanie Uhde
MPM Coordinator

Phone: + 49 (0)331 977 4647
Email: Stefanie.Uhde@no-spamuni-potsdam.de


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