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Master of Public Management (MPM) | Master (Continuing Education)

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The postgraduate “Master of Public Management” (MPM) is ideal for future executives in politics, the economy, and civil society, who wish to obtain scientifically well-founded yet practice-oriented qualifications that allow them to meet the complex managerial demands in a fast-changing, global environment.

THE PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
NameMaster of Public Management
DegreeMaster of Public Management
Standard period of stufy2 semesters
Credit points60
Languge of instruction
English
Start of study (1st semester)Winter semester
CampusGriebnitzsee
Tuition feeTuition fees apply. Please consult www.mpm-potsdam.de

Emma Selma Kakololo, Alumna

"Never did I think that I would be given the opportunity to 'brand' EU external communications. It took the European Commission's Delegation in Namibia almost two years to find the right candidate to manage their communications section; while it took me a mere five months […]to fill that permanent position (as Spokesperson). I would not be sitting where I am today if it was not for the MPM program."

Program Content

In order to be able to understand the dynamics of change in the public sector and to impact them successfully, scientific analyses, training, support, and consultation are necessary.

In the focus area “Public Policy and Management” and at the “Potsdam Center for Policy and Management” at the University of Potsdam, political and administrative scientists, sociologists, and economists cooperate in joint research projects, doctoral programs, and courses of study.

Thus, the goal of the postgraduate program “Master of Public Management” (MPM) is to theoretically and empirically combine the varied disciplinary and practical approaches of teaching and consulting in the areas of governance, state modernization, and administrative modernization. These approaches are integrated into the curriculum, which is both oriented towards research and practical applicability.

One special focus of the MPM program is on development policies, especially questions of sustainable quality improvement of public institutions.

The postgraduate study course Master of Public Management (MPM) came into existence in 1999. It is an English-language Executive Master for mid-career technical and managerial personnel, especially from developing or transitional economies, and it currently offers three areas of specialization:

  • Public Policy and Administration (PPA) with a focus on internal organization and modernization of public administration,
  • Global Public Policy (GPP) with a focus on global questions and challenges of public administration,
  • GeoGovernance (GG) with a focus on political handling and management of risks caused by climate change and natural disasters.

In the specialization area “GeoGovernance” you benefit from the cooperation with renowned natural sciences institutes such as the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). In particular, an MPM/GeoGovernance degree enables graduates to critically reflect on and evaluate the complex interrelations of natural transformation processes, climate change, and their related political-administrative processes. Such skills are crucial for specialists and managers working at the intersection of various political and administrative spheres.

Emma Selma Kakololo, Alumna

"Never did I think that I would be given the opportunity to 'brand' EU external communications. It took the European Commission's Delegation in Namibia almost two years to find the right candidate to manage their communications section; while it took me a mere five months […]to fill that permanent position (as Spokesperson). I would not be sitting where I am today if it was not for the MPM program."

Lehte Roots, Alumna

"After graduating in Potsdam, I realized that I need to use the experience and knowledge I gained in the MPM program in a different way […]. Teaching at the Estonian Public Service Academy I could multiply the knowledge gained […] to the future and current public servants in Estonia. As I found working with students challenging, I decided to improve my qualifications by starting PhD research in Law in the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence."

Course Objective and Future Career Options

The MPM program aims at modern, cooperative governance in domestic administrations as well as in international cooperation.

The program combines the high quality standards of an interdisciplinary and practically oriented education with a focused preparation for managerial positions in the public sector including its international networks.

Currently, 340 graduates from 72 different countries have completed the MPM Program. They now predominantly hold leadership positions or are working in the management of reform projects in the public sector.

According to the Centre for Higher Education (CHE), the Master and Doctoral programs offered in the Focus Area “Public Policy and Management” are among the very best in Europe (CHE Excellence Ranking Political Science 2009).

The University of Potsdam’s institutions are an ideal way to open up new opportunities for your professional career. However, you can also continue your academic training with a dissertation in one of the subjects of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences that participate in this Master’s Program.

Lehte Roots, Alumna

"After graduating in Potsdam, I realized that I need to use the experience and knowledge I gained in the MPM program in a different way […]. Teaching at the Estonian Public Service Academy I could multiply the knowledge gained […] to the future and current public servants in Estonia. As I found working with students challenging, I decided to improve my qualifications by starting PhD research in Law in the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence."

Anna Matevosyan, Alumna

"My competences were improved at multiple layers and became more visible through management of an EU-funded forestry project at a national level."

Prerequisites for Admission to the Master’s Program

The general prerequisites for enrolling in this postgraduate Master’s program are a first academic degree as well a minimum of two to three years of work experience in the public sector or in a private company. In addition, you must be able to work and study in English.

If you currently hold a specialist or executive position in the public or private sector or in the realm of civil society, and if are aiming for a leadership position, then the MPM program is an ideal supplement to your previous training.

Anna Matevosyan, Alumna

"My competences were improved at multiple layers and became more visible through management of an EU-funded forestry project at a national level."

Structure of the Program

The MPM program is a 12-month, full-time program. This time includes the different modules, a study trip, and the writing of the Master’s thesis. The interdisciplinary focus of the first semester comprises joint general modules in Management and Policy Analysis as well as introductory courses in the respective specialization areas (“streams”), such as Earth-System-Science, International Public Policy, and Financial Management. In the second semester you will expand your knowledge in your field of specialization: Public Policy and Administration, Global Public Policy, or GeoGovernance.

Contact

Postgraduate Master of Public Management Program

 

Campus Griebnitzsee | Haus 7, Zi. 2.31

The Advantages at a Glance

  • An interdisciplinary program with renowned scholars and instructors with practical experience
  • International students with work experience from all over the world
  • On-campus support
  • International orientation of course contents
  • Extracurricular events with expert scholars and practitioners (e.g. “Climate Breakfast Series,” “PCPM Brown Bag Lunch,” and many more)
  • International meetings with participants from other programs
  • Visits to governmental institutions and organizations
  • Study trip to Brussels, the “heart of Europe”
  • Alumni network with more than 340 alumni from 72 countries.

Application

Have you decided for the Master of Public Management Program at the University of Potsdam? Then you should take the next step on the application pages to find out more about current application and enrollment procedures.

Contact

Postgraduate Master of Public Management Program

 

Campus Griebnitzsee | Haus 7, Zi. 2.31

This description is based in part on the information provided by the Program-Specific Regulation for the "Master of Public Management" (MPM) at the University of Potsdam, dated 9 June 2011 (AmBek Nr. 21/11, S. 899), as well as the corresponding statutes for changing the Regulation.