Master of Public Management (MPM)

Young, modern, and focused on the future: founded in 1991, the University of Potsdam occupies a prominent position among the universities and research institutions of Berlin and Brandenburg. With more than 20,000 students, it is the biggest university in the federal state of Brandenburg.

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Embedded in Potsdam’s unique cultural landscape, in close proximity to palaces and gardens, the relatively young University of Potsdam has established itself at three locations. The campus Am Neuen Palais, which is in the immediate proximity of the Park of Sanssouci, is home to the Faculty of Arts. In rural Golm, where one of the largest science parks of the region has grown, there are the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Human Sciences. The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences and the Law Faculty are in Griebnitzsee, not very far from Babelsberg with its historical film studios. This is where MPM students study.

Course Focus

The Master of Public Management (MPM) progam is offered in three different specialization streams. More information about contents and core modules of the streams can be found on the following websites:

Public Policy and Administration (PPA) Stream

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.

Global Public Policy (GPP) Stream

The specialization in Global Public Policy (GPP) takes an interdisciplinary approach to successfully address the challenges of global interdependence. Faculty members and students work together on the analysis and design of international policies and options for implementation. Students receive a firm grounding in international politics, international development and international organizations and draw on the latest approaches. MPM GPP graduates are 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.

GeoGovernance (GG) Stream

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.

Target Group

The 12-month MPM program is particularly designed

  • for qualified graduates in social sciences, economics, business management and/or natural sciences
  • with 2-3 years professional experience
  • aiming at a career in international or public sector organizations.

Applications are welcome from professionals currently working in:

  • The public sector
  • Business enterprises
  • NGOs
  • Development agencies

As a program that further aims to contribute to a sustainable development in the public service of developing and transition countries, it has been emphasizing management problems in public sector organizations in these countries in particular. Previous students have been mid-career professionals in their mid-twenties to mid-forties who held professional and management positions prior to participating in the MPM program.

Course language English
Application process

Application requirements

  • Higher education degree in social sciences, economics or business management
  • Proficiency in English proven by an internationally recognized English language test, i.e. TOEFL Test (minimum score IBT 80 or PBT 550 or CBT 220): The institutional code, that can be used by the MPM-Office to validate your scores faster and easier, is C213. Please state this code when registering for the test.
  • Minimum 2-3 years relevant work experience in public administrations, the private sector or NGOs

Application Step-by-Step

Step 1

Fill out the application form.

Step 2

Please send us the filled-out application form and attach the following documents:

  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Transcripts of academic records of all university degrees (Bachelor, Master, …)
  • Degree certificates of all university degrees (Bachelor, Master, …)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge Certificate, minimum score see above)
  • Letter of motivation (not more than 1 page), which should cover the following questions:
    • Why have you decided to study on the Master of Public Management (MPM)?
    • What are your career goals and why is this program beneficial for you to achieve these goals?
    • Which challenges is the public sector in your home country currently facing? How would you cope with them?

Step 3

All documents (including transcripts and degree certificates) have to be submitted in English. Please send all documents merged into one PDF file to

The Potsdam Center for Policy and Management (PCPM) and the University of Potsdam do not offer tuition waivers or scholarships for the MPM program.To secure your funding we suggest the following options:

Course duration  12 months, commencing in October
 Quick Facts
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Tuition Fees: € 12.900
  • Experienced and interdisciplinary faculty and experts
  • Study tour to Bonn/Brussels
  • Orientation week and intercultural workshops
  • Round tables and discussion sessions
  • Continuous on-campus tutoring and assistance
  • Site visits to German institutions and organizations
  • Alumni network – more than 350 Alumni from 75 different countries
  • In a beautiful setting, surrounded by the royal castles and parks of Potsdam and close to the city of Berlin, the vibrant capital of Germany
FAQ For further questions about the application process please send an e-mail to


UP Transfer GmbH at the University of Potsdam

Campus Griebnitzsee, House 7, Room 231

August-Bebel-Straße 89

14482 Potsdam

MPM Coordinator

Ms. Sophia Bellmann

Ms. Stefanie Uhde (on maternity leave)


Phone: +49 331 977 4647