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 their studies, students acquire foundational knowledge in the areas of Policy Analysis and Public Management, as well as specialized training in one of four specialization areas. 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 as well as the skills and project lab, and Specialization Module that has to be selected by each student individually. In addition, students choose two seminars offered within the Elective Module. At the end of their studies, students are required to write a master's thesis accompanied by a thesis colloquium and they 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

Public Policy and Administration

The specialization in Public Policy and Administrationwithin 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 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
Environment, Sustainability and Geosciences

The speclization in Environment, Sustainability and Geosciences 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 earth and 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

This specialization is planned to be offer from 2020 and a detailed description and list of modules will follow.
Generally, 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.