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Overwiew of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences

Foyer Haus 1
Photo: Maxi Genthe

Founded in 1991, the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam is located on the Griebnitzsee campus and on the Golm technology campus. The faculty includes the following disciplines:

  • Business Administration (incl. Business Informatics)
  • Economics
  • Economic and technical education (subject didactics)
  • Sociology
  • Political and administrative science (incl. political didactics)

The faculty’s study programs include bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in economics and social sciences, teaching-related bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, and a wide range of continuing education programs. The study programs of the faculty are characterized by a high degree of interdisciplinarity. Research-oriented teaching is implemented not only in the master’s programs, but already in numerous courses of the bachelor’s programs.

The members of the faculty conduct research on topics that have significant social and economic relevance. The faculty’s four research centers bundle research activities and promote interdisciplinary cooperation as well as collaborations with Berlin universities and non-university research institutions (such as DIW, IASS, MCC, PIK or WZB). Faculty researchers also participate in the university’s research focus on Data-Centric Sciences as well as in other inter-university projects.

Thematic research specializations include

  • Deployment and use of digital/social media and digital transformation in politics, business, administration and society
  • Evaluation of economic and social policy
  • Organizations and standards
  • Social inequality, migration
  • Environment, sustainability and climate
Foyer Haus 1
Photo: Maxi Genthe
Haus 1

Specialist Groups

The faculty is divided into specialist groups | Photo: Maxi Genthe


Structural professorships, junior professorships, honorary professorships, joint appointments | Photo: Maxi Genthe

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Third-party-funded projects

Numerous research projects of the faculty are financed by third-party funds | Photo: Maxi Genthe

Data & Figures

Degree programs and students

  • Bachelor’s degree programs (non-teaching):1 7
  • Master’s degree programs (non-teaching):1 8
  • Continuing education programs:1 4
  • Teaching subjects:1 Civic Education (Secondary I and II), Business-Work-Technology
    (Secondary I and II, with focus on Secondary I), Business-Work-Technology in the teaching profession
    for special needs education.
  • Students (by first subject):1 3,531 Percentage of women:1 48%
  • Students (first semester): 1 674

Equipment, research & scientific qualification

  • Structural professorships:2 29
  • Female professors:2 14
  • Junior professorships:2 4 (including 3 with tenure track)
  • Jointly appointed professors:2 6
  • Academic staff (without third-party-funded staff):2 51.5 (FTE)
  • Permanent positions:2 11 (FTE)
  • Third-party funding income:3  € 3.3 million
  • Completed doctoral degrees:3 31


  • Incomings (without degree) (WiSe 2022/23): 55
  • Erasmus+ partnerships: 2 76
  • International students (graduated): 1 427
  • English-language master’s programs: 2

    1 WiSe 2021/2022,2 as of December 2021,3  year 2021