Public Management

6 semesters
Darmstadt/ Dieburg
winter semester
Without admission restriction.
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This degree course prepares graduates for upper management positions, either in public administration, or those of organisations that are not – or not primarily – profit-oriented. It focuses the target group on relevant issues of budgeting and accounting, financing, efficient and effective organisation, management and leadership. Moreover, both economic and relevant juridical topics are dealt with, whilst particular attention is paid to the interactions between the state, economy and society. More detailed information on this degree course is available on the website of the Faculty of Economics.

Graduates of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree course in public management are capable of fulfilling upper management roles in a variety of areas of public administration and other non-profit organisations. Their scope encompasses operative functions (e.g. performance processes, marketing and customer support); fiscal-oriented roles (budgeting and accounting, financing); communication duties (information management, process management); management functions (e.g. controlling, participation management, project management) along with strategic responsibilities.

The following Master’s degree courses are then within reach, based on a successful Bachelor’s degree graduation: 
BWL - Master of Science

The specialist modules impart a broad managerial foundation of skills and competencies, oriented, in particular, towards the specific features of public administrations and other non-profit organisations. The specialist, manager-oriented modules are flanked by modules conveying methodical competencies (related to mathematical-statistical, scientific and legal project management), and confer social competencies (diversity, intercultural communication, personnel management). These skills and competencies are absorbed during the degree course via seminars, projects, practical activities and the graduation thesis. A detailed description of the study course is available in the module manual (German)


A university entrance qualification is prerequisite to admittance to a public management degree course. Please apply to the university directly, including a cover letter, if you have not experienced the requisite minimum of two years’ professional involvement in public administration, or those of organisations that are not – or not primarily – profit-oriented. A selection process will be initiated once the cover letter has been scrutinized. Should you have graduated as a business administrator (or comparable), several modules will be credited for you, meaning your lecture time would be reduced to two days per week. For further information see the website of the faculty.  Detailed information of the admission prerequisites can be found in the Special Provisions of the Examination Regulations (German) combined with the Admission Regulations (German).


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Prof. Friederike Edel

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