Course of studies

Generally, the curriculum design is set out to equip its participants with solid theoretical knowledge, a broad range of practical skills and particular training in one of three specialization areas. 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 research skills. Depending on which specialization they decide to study, students attend different stream foundation modules. The specialization modules are complemented by elective courses that the students can choose freely amongst the foundation courses of other streams or an additional offer of courses in e.g. Public Sector Reform, Climate Diplomacy or Globalization Policies.
The academic program is complemented by practical insights into the work of experts and professionals through a number of extracurricular activities, such as additional management trainings, site visits and a Study Tour to Brussels.
At the end of their studies, students write a master thesis of around 15.000 words. The process is accompanied by a thesis colloquium and students have to defend their thesis at the end of the process.
This way, within one year, the MPM and its unique set-up meets the demand for appropriately trained, managerial staff and the majority of the program's Alumni hold executive positions in ministries, local governments and NGO's.

Joint 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.

Research Skills

This course teaches the basics of how social scientists develop their research design. The course is focused on the research process in general. It considers the different steps of the research process.

Communication Skills

This course will help you improve your communication skills while you become familiar with the special features of academic English you will need at university and with your professional contacts. The course will provide you with listening practice to improve your note-taking, your questions in class and at meetings, and your pronunciation.

Leadership- and Management Skills

This course provides an introduction to management skills and behavior with a focus on teams in projects. The primary goal is to equip course participants with an understanding of practical tools for managing work-related behaviors effectively.

Specialization Streams

Public Policy and Administration (PPA)

The specialization in Public Policy and Administration (PPA) 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.

Stream Foundation Modules

Public Financial Management
The overall objective of the course is to inform participants about modern concepts, instruments and techniques of financial management including issues of public finance in the public sector.

Human Resource Management
The course Human Resource Management aims to help future managers to improve their effectiveness in the employment, development and assessment of their employees in order to enhance the value of the organization's human resources.

Global Public Policy (GPP)

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.

Stream Foundation Modules

Global Public Policy
The module explores how governments, transnational business actors, civil society, and international organizations respond to the demands of international public policy formulation and implementation in order to address problems of a border-transgressing nature. In order to do so, the course takes a look at the definitions of public policy, the cycle they follow theoretically and in practice.

Governance and Government in Developing Countries
This seminar will examine changes in state-market-interactions as well as institutional change in developing countries. With more intense international collaboration and global interaction, the focus today has shifted to new modes of governing and governance, which more deeply involve non-state actors in overall development.

GeoGovernance (GG)

The GeoGovernance (GG) stream provides a science-based additional qualification for professionals working at the interface of administrative and environmental policy. GG 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, GG has a strong interdisciplinary focus which incorporates earth and environmental topics into the classic public management program. The GeoGovernance stream is based on a strong collaboration with the prestigious Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences within the framework of PROGRESS.

Stream Foundation Modules

Global Environmental Policy
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of global environmental policy. The course comprises overarching conceptual frameworks, select empirical domains of global environmental policy, and the management of long-term environmental policy problems.

A Systems Approach to Earth Sciences
The aim of this course is to provide a general understanding of the dynamics of planet earth, rates and scales of environmental change, and the relationships between human societies and earth system processes. This course is designed for students with limited or no background in earth and environmental sciences.

Elective Modules

Elective modules are chosen freely by the student, irrespective of their specialization-stream. The offered seminars in this area vary each semester and are thus only mentioned exemplarily.

  • Public Sector Reform
  • Climate Diplomacy
  • Governing Global Health
  • Climate Change and Development
  • Social Security

More information on the program curriculum and the three specialization streams can be found in the MPM Handbook.