Leading with expertise

Benefit from the knowledge and reputation of the oldest public administration university in Germany and expand your leadership skills with the Master's degree programme in Public Management.


The part-time degree programme adapts to your life situation. With a total of 55 attendance days at Kehl University of Applied Sciences and coordinated self-study phases, you can fulfil your desire to study alongside your work and family life.


Thanks to the link between theory and practice, you will acquire knowledge that meets the real needs of an organisation. Team coaching by professors and representatives from the field enrich the teaching. In this way, practice flows into the training in a targeted manner and theory supports change processes in practice.


The Master's programme has been running for over ten years and has already enabled many graduates to move up into management positions and thus into the higher civil service.

Portraitfoto Maximilian Fetzer

Maximilian Fetzer
M.A. Public Management

"The part-time Master's degree programme in Public Management is very practice-oriented and represents a wide-ranging further education programme specifically for managers or prospective managers. Fundamental topics are addressed from the perspective of managers in various modules. The heterogeneous mix of students (professional experience in different subject areas) ensures an enriching exchange in small groups and a broad network is built up not only during but also after the programme.

"Without the degree programme, I probably wouldn't be working in a management position today. The business management expertise and the topics of HR and project management are particularly relevant for me as a managing director. What's more, an additional qualification, especially a further degree, looks good on any CV. I can absolutely recommend the Master's programme. Even though the programme was exhausting alongside work, the seminars were methodically and didactically (mostly) well designed and, above all, applicable in practice."

Portraitfoto Andrea Heim

Andrea Heim
M.A. Public Management

At a glance

Academic degree

Type of degree

Application period

Start of studies

Study fees

Available study places

Master of Arts (M.A.)

career-integrated, 5 semesters, 90 ECTS

1 July to 31 October of the year before the start of studies

annually 1 September

500 Euro per semester plus approx. 100 Euro other costs

50 per year at the universities of Kehl and Ludwigsburg

Higher service

The Master's degree programme opens up the possibility of becoming a civil servant and direct access to the higher administrative service.

It offers civil servants in the higher administrative service the opportunity to advance to the higher administrative service.

Study contents


Public relations | dialogue and negotiation skills

Local Politics

Municipal law | Municipal policy and citizen participation | Urban development and economic development

Human resources management

Personnel management | labour law | civil service law


Legal thinking and methodology | Legal case studies

Ethics & Psychology

Self-management | Leadership concepts including gender mainstreaming | Ethics and sustainable development

Municipal finances

Controlling | Municipal Investment Management | Investment Management

Course of study

The degree programme can be completed alongside employment. The optimally coordinated and alternating self-study and attendance phases enable working people and/or people with families to successfully complete the Master's degree programme.

Independent study phases
Home Office

The university supports your self-study time with various blended learning materials such as study letters, videos or e-books, which provide a theoretical basis for dealing with the course content.

An in-depth examination of the material is required for successful participation in the attendance phases. 

Attendance phases

The 55 attendance days at Kehl University of Applied Sciences serve as compulsory dates to consolidate the knowledge acquired in the self-study programme. These enable the transfer to administrative practice and preparation for the examinations. 

Die Präsenztage finden meist freitags und samstags statt.

You've made it!

After successfully completing the programme and passing the examination, the university awards the title "Master of Arts" (M.A.) with the addition "Public Management".

In addition to the possibility of promotion to the higher civil service, there is now also the opportunity to do a doctorate.

Objectives of the Master's programme


The Master's programme is aimed at people who hold or aspire to a management position in municipal or state administrations. The course is also suitable for members of non-profit organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).


Graduates of the part-time Master's degree programme are able to transfer knowledge and methods into administrative practice in order to actively shape leadership and management processes. To achieve this, students can expect an interdisciplinary programme with administration-specific core content as well as the teaching of personal, social and methodological skills. 


The programme content is designed in particular to prepare students to take on management positions in public administration or other public sector organisations, e.g. as team, project or office managers or mayors. 


  • Successfully completed university degree with above-average results. Please remember to provide us with evidence of the ECTS points achieved in your degree programme in your application documents - including the ECTS grade if possible.
  • Mindestens zweijährige qualifizierte Berufstätigkeit nach dem ersten Hochschulabschluss. Die 24 Monate Berufserfahrung müssen zu Studienbeginn, jeweils im September vorliegen.
  • Successful completion of the two-stage admission procedure (written application and AC).

Prospective students should have the following background:

  • Diplom-Verwaltungswirt*in (FH) / Bachelor (Public Management)
  • Graduates of undergraduate degree programmes in the fields of economics, social and administrative sciences
  • Graduates of natural science and engineering degree programmes who aspire to a management position in municipal or state administrations (career changers).
  • Promotion civil servants in the senior civil service of the state administration

The applicant portal for the start of studies in September 2025 is open from 01.07.2024 to 31.10.2024.

The dates for the selection interview / assessment centre will be announced later.

You've made it! Once you have fulfilled all the requirements, you will receive confirmation of your place from the university.

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