Public Management

University of Potsdam

Master On Campus
12 months
12900 EUR/year
12900 EUR/year
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The postgraduate “Master of Public Management” (MPM) at the University of Potsdam, aims to contribute to a sustainable development in public policy and administration.


The Master of Public Management (MPM) progam at the University of Potsdam, is offered in three different specialization streams: Public Policy and Administration (PPA), Global Public Policy (GPP) and GeoGovernance (GG). All students acquire foundational knowledge in the sphere of Public Managament and Policy Analysis as well as practical skills such as leadership-, research- and communication-skills. Based on that, students then choose specialization modules according to their chosen streams and elective courses according to their further interests. The programme also includes a practical module that enables students to get a real-life understanding of how international, european and non-governmental institutions' work and provides them with first-hand insights and information as well as excellent networking opportunities. Also, throughout the programme the coordination's office organizes several site visits to political institutions in Berlin where students have the opportunity to extend their practical knowledge even further and to analyze practical policy issues.

What distinguishes the MPM from other Public Management programmes is its international setting (each year, around 25 students from 16-19 different countries study the master), the teaching of a unique mix of theoretical knowlegde and hands-on practical skills by university professors and practicioners as well as the modern facilities and campus in Potsdam, just minutes away from the (political) capital of Germany,  Berlin. Also, all students are provided with continuous on-campus support through the MPM coordination's office and the academic staff. 

To date, more than 390 students from 85 different countries have graduated from the MPM program. Alumni surveys indicate that the MPM program has had a significant impact upon its graduates by enhancing their capacity to manage complex projects and by promoting individual careers. The majority of MPM graduates hold management and executive positions in ministries, local governments and NGOs. They undertake reform projects in the public sector in cooperation with international aid agencies and organizations, such as the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Career opportunities

  • The MPM has a significant impact upon its graduates by enhancing their capacity to manage complex projects, tackle problems and apply theoretical knowledge – that is what the Alumni surveys indicate. 
  • Throughout the program, students have the chance to create a professional network with German and international experts and organizations through site visits and the Study Tour to Brussels. Furthermore, extracurricular events on individual career support are organized towards the end of each program year, helping students to explore their opportunities and individual profiles. The most valuable network of experts is however the alumni network of the program, as MPM students are young professionals with experiences in the public, private or non-profit sector that they share with their fellow students and alumni. 
  • To date, more than 390 students from 85 different countries graduated from the Master of Public Management. The majority of students hold civil servant, executive and leadership positions in the public or non-profit sector after their studies. MPM alumni indicate that the quality of German higher education, the prestige of the University of Potsdam as well as the multidisciplinary approach and international network of the program were most relevant to their career development after the end of their studies. The knowledge and skills acquired during the MPM can be applied to a high degree in the professional life of the alumni and the Master program promotes individual careers and development.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Public Sector Reform

  • Public Financial Management

  • Human Resource Management

  • Applied Policy Analysis
  • Climate Diplomacy
  • Global Public Policy
  • Research Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Climate Change and Development

  • Earth Sciences

  • Governance in Developing Countries

  • Management Skills


Lecturers include practitioners and professors from all over the world, so that for example Prof. Dr. Geert Bouckaert (KU Leuven), Prof. Dr. Werner Jann (University of Potsdam), Susanne Weber-Mosdorf (deputy general director of WHO) or Dr. Kerstin Leitner (UN resident coordinator and UNDP Representative China) have worked for the program in previous years.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The MPM program is particularly designed for young professionals who have a first academic degree in social sciences, economics, business management, law or natural sciences. Applicants should ideally have professional work experience in the public sector, non-governmental organizations or development agencies or a strong interest to pursue a career in these sectors. Previous students have been young to mid-career professionals from Europe and abroad in their mid-twenties to mid-forties who gained professional experiences prior to participating in the program. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12900 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    12900 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12900 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

280 Euros per semester administrative fee


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Updated over a year ago

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Public Management
University of Potsdam


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