Course of Studies and Curriculum

The EAPAA accredited MPM Program is a science-based and practice-oriented mid-career program that aims to equip professionals with a new understanding of public service issues.
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.
Throughout the year, MPM students acquire foundational knowledge in Public Management and Applied Policy Analysis, complemented by trainings in leadership and management as well as communication and negotiation skills. Students also choose from elective courses in the following specialization areas: Management in Public Administration, Global Public Policy, Sustainability & Environmental Governance, and Digitalization & Public Policy. They are also equipped with a diverse skills-set through practical trainings in communication, negotiation, leadership or presentation skills. The program is complemented by extracurricular activities and a project lab on a study-oriented topic in cooperation with public institutions, organizations or companies.
At the University of Potsdam MPM students are not only are taught by a highly recognized faculty, they also study in an international setting on a very modern campus and have full access to all University facilities.

Module Overview

The Master of Public Management is structured into a Foundation Module, which consists of two seminars, the Methods and Skills Module, consisting of a research seminar and project lab, and the Specialization Module, in which students choose elective courses from among four specialization areas. At the end of their studies, students are required to write a master's thesis accompanied by a thesis colloquium and defend their thesis after submission.

 

Basic Studies

Foundation Modules

Foundations of Public Management

The overall objective of the course is to inform participants on the following aspects of Public Management: Introduction to Public Management, Concepts of Public Management, Functions and Issues, Public Management in selected countries, open and controversial questions related to Public Management.

Applied Policy Analysis

Policy analysis (also called public policy research or policy studies) is a special field in the social sciences which concentrates on the content, explanation and effects of government policies (such as social policy, environmental policy, administrative policy etc.). The seminar will discuss basic concepts with the help of established Anglo-Saxon textbooks.

Skills and Project Lab

The objective of this practice-orientied module is the training and mediation of basic knowledge and practical skills in various areas, such as research skills and academic working, leadership and communication, negotiation as well as presentation skills. In the Project Lab, students are expected to apply the skills and knowledge in cooperation with local public institutions, organizations and companies to real-life cases and issues.

 

Specialization Modules

Management in Public Administration

The specialization in Management in Public Administration (MPA) within the MPM Program offers academically sound, practice-oriented training for public policy and management. The stream combines business management with social sciences perspectives and prepares participants for interdisciplinary approaches to conceptual assessment, implementation, and the adaptation of international management models to the specific circumstances of the public sector.

Students are required to choose two seminars in this specialization area if they decided to focus on this subject and select two more seminars from the Elective Module in addition to the foundation modules and the master thesis.

Sample Modules:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Public Financial Management
Global Public Policy

Our specialization in Global Public Policy (GPP) takes an interdisciplinary approach to successfully address the challenges of global interdependence. Faculty members and students will work together on the analysis and design of international policies and options for implementation. Students will receive a firm grounding in international politics, international development and international organizations and draw on the latest approaches. MPM Global Public Policy graduates will be able to analyze policy problems beyond the nation state and contribute effectively to the design and formulation of “real world” policies that deal with cross-border problems.

Students are required to choose two seminars in this specialization area if they decided to focus on this subject and select two more seminars from the Elective Module in addition to the foundation modules and the master thesis.

Sample Modules:

  • Global Public Policy
  • Governance and Governments in Developing Countries
Sustainability and Public Policy

The specialization in Sustainability and Public Policy (SPP) provides a science-based additional qualification for professionals working at the interface of administrative and environmental policy. This focus area aims to better integrate the results of current research on global problems such as natural hazards, climate change and sustainable resource management into policy decision making. To bridge the gap between natural and social sciences, all seminars have a strong interdisciplinary focus which incorporates environmental topics into the classic public management program.

Students are required to choose two seminars in this specialization area if they decided to focus on this subject and select two more seminars from the Elective Module in addition to the foundation modules and the master thesis.

Sample Modules:

  • A Systems Approach to Earth Sciences - Living on a dynamic planet
  • Global Environmental and Sustainability Governance

Digitalization and Public Policy

Participants who choose a specialization in Digitalization and Public Policy (DPP) will explore challenges of organizational change in the public sector enabled by digital information and communication technologies. The courses offered take an interdisciplinary look at technological, organizational, social, legal and managerial aspects of digital transformation in the public sector. Students will learn about the basic concepts of digital transformation in the public sector and gain a general understanding of the dynamics, limitations and opportunities of the increasing use of digital information and communication systems in public sector organizations. They will be able to integrate and apply current research on digital transformation to public policy issues and to assess and discuss potential use-cases and the implementation of digital technologies in public organizations.

This module will only be offered from October 2022 and needs formal approval by all responsible bodies and committees at the University of Potsdam. Contents and specifications are therefore subject to change.