Bachelor's programme

Bachelor's programme – Details about the programme set-up

The bachelor's programme of study in public management takes a total of 3.5 years to complete and is composed of two almost equal segments of practical experience in the field and coursework on campus. The degree granted is a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.).

The bachelor's programme begins with a 4-week introductory course. Here the students are provided with basic knowledge regarding the training programme. This includes, for example, the basic principles of democratic rule, the tasks and organisational structure of public administration, the legal basis, the basis of municipal constitutional law, an introduction to economic affairs at the local level and methods of law application and the composition of letters of official notification. The introductory course has a total of 120 hours of instruction and a written examination is included.

The introductory course is followed by the introductory internship. Here, the student interns become acquainted with tasks and methods in at least two areas of administration. Some of the special areas are: treasury, financial planning, administration of local fees, accounting, human resources, administrative offences, passport and citizen registration affairs, public relations, law concerning aliens, social welfare and well as child and youth welfare.

The first half-year has been successfully completed if the student has taken part, on a regular basis, in the introductory course and the internship and has achieved at the very least the grade of 4.0 on the examination. It is possible to repeat.

After the introductory internship the students begin the 3-semester basic course of study, which lasts 17 months. The courses are grouped into 13 modules. The content of the modules is similar to the content of the previous subjects. In Department 1 (Law and Administrative Sciences), the subjects taught are constitutional law, basis of administrative law, local administrative law, law regarding administrative offences, and the German Civil Code. In Department 2 (Economic and Social Sciences), the subjects taught are psychology, sociology, business administration in the public sector, economics, management in the public sector, law regarding local fees, and local commercial law.

Each of the 13 modules mentioned above concludes with a test, which is generally a written examination. After failing an examination, you may repeat once. It is not possible to offset a low mark in one module with a higher mark from another module. The tests take place at the end of each semester.

After the 17-month basic course at Kehl University, the students begin a 14-month period of practical experience. During this time span, the students become acquainted with four areas of administration in various departments (for at least 3 months each). The following areas of emphasis can be chosen:

  1. Organisation/Personnel/Data Processing
  2. Public law and order
  3. Administration of social benefits
  4. Economic affairs/Finance/Public enterprises
  5. Local government policy/Management in the public sector

One segment should be done abroad, in another German federal state, or in the private sector. The meshing of theory and practice during this period takes place in the in-service study groups. At the end of this period of practical training, the students write their bachelor’s thesis. For this purpose they can have a month’s leave.

During the last five months of the bachelor's programme the students are again on campus in Kehl for the in-depth course of study. They can choose from nine areas and attend lectures in their chosen in-depth area. Kehl University offers the following areas of emphasis:

  1. Administration of social benefits
  2. Public law and order
  3. Environmental and planning law
  4. Europe
  5. Economic affairs and finance
  6. Local government policy
  7. Public enterprises and hospital management
  8. Information technology und management
  9. Personnel und Organisation

Lessons are divided into six modules. Each of these modules concludes with a test.

Course Catalogue B.A. Public Management

What can I do with this Bachelor programme?

Upon finishing the training programme there are many different possibilities of finding employment in management positions:

  • in city halls or rural district offices, e.g. in social affairs (Youth Welfare or Social Affairs Office), in an office of cultural affairs, in public law and order (inspection of building codes, environmental protection), in economic development or in finance as a treasurer
  • in regional administrative authorities or ministries, e.g. in the areas of environmental protection, housing, cultural affairs ,urban renewal, in the area of human resources or in further and continuing education
  • in public enterprises such as public utility companies, public transport companies, city marketing or housing construction
  • or in other public institutions such as universities, hospitals or school administrations
  • most notably, many well-qualified mayors in the state have completed this training programme
  • and finally, even two prime ministers of our state once began their careers with this training programme

Status as a student civil servant

  • From the beginning of the program of study until the time they finish, students have the status of a civil servant. During the first period of practical experience from September through February, they are considered to be administrative interns (similar to civil servant status).
  • Throughout their training, students receive a salary for degree candidates in the amount of approx. € 1,000 per month. This is paid out by the department in which the student does the introductory internship. During the course of study on campus, the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, und thus the State Salaries and Pensions Office (Opens external link in new, is responsible for paying out the student's salary.
  • Due to their civil servant status, students are entitled to separation compensation during the time of their practical training (3rd year), as provided for in the State Separation Compensation Regulation.
  • Currently, students do not yet have to pay any tuition fees.
  • The civil servant status ends at the end of the day on which the student is informed that he or she has passed the final examination or has failed.

Our Study Guide for Incoming Students is currently being translated into English and will soon be online!

How to apply

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