Master's in Public Management and Policy

The increasing complexity of functions of the state and their forms of intervention requires a new understanding of public services in general and the modernization of public administration. Decision-makers with interdisciplinary skills are needed, since they understand and can offer suggestions on how to solve management problems, as well as economic, political and legal problems. As Switzerland is a place where three cultures and languages come together, a multicultural approach to management in the public and semi-public sector is required. To satisfy this requirement, the universities of Bern, Lausanne and Italian Switzerland offer a joint Master of Arts in Public Management and Policy (PMP master's). This course includes interdisciplinary training, methodological tools, case studies and exercises from the public sector as well as subject seminars in which students can use their specialist knowledge to consider how to deal with the reality of public administration. The various regional cultures are incorporated by lecturers from the three language regions and with various fields of study being offered.

Basic information
Degree: Master of Arts in Public Management and Policy, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 120 ECTS credits
Degree programs: Mono 120 ECTS credits
Duration: 4 semesters
Languages: German and one other regional language or English 
Beginning of studies: Fall semester

Interdisciplinarity

Studies in public administration and professional activity in this field both require knowledge in a wide variety of disciplines, such as, for example, Law, Political Sciences, Economics, Management and Sociology. This degree program offers interdisciplinary training with lectures and seminars and case studies focusing on methodology and subject area. As a result, there is a wide variety of teaching staff.

Degree: this has an academic and professional focus

The PMP master's aims to train future senior officials in Switzerland's public and semi-public administration and in non-profit making organizations and to enable students to access the relevant doctoral programs.

Career prospects with a PMP master's are varied: in particular, it can enable graduates to assume various positions in administration. The interdisciplinary nature of the PMP master's also makes it appealing to the private sector.

Integration of the various national cultures

As Switzerland is a place where several cultures and languages come together, a multicultural approach to teaching and management in the public sector is required. The PMP master's takes account of this by involving professors from the three language regions and by offering a wide variety of study options in the relevant regions.

Structure of studies

Interdisciplinary Basic Studies   60 ECTS 1st year
In-depth Studies: selection of a subject area   30 ECTS 2nd year
Master's thesis   30 ECTS 2nd year
Master of Arts in Public Management and Policy (MA) 120 ECTS  

The Master of Arts in Public Management and Policy (MA) earns 120 ECTS credits. As part of the foundation studies in the first year, students complete modules in the fields of Public Law, Political Sciences, Public Economics, Public Management as well as in interdisciplinary courses and research methods The in-depth study in the second year offers the opportunity to specialize in one of the fields by means of a one-semester exchange at a partner university. The PMP master's is completed with a master's thesis, with or without an internship. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree program makes it appealing. However, it also demands high levels of commitment from students.

Period of study

In accordance with study regulations from June 24, 2010, with amendments from September 15, 2014, article 11, section 1, the period of study is a maximum of six semesters. Where there is significant justification, students may submit a written request for an extension of period of study.

Information course for Foundation Studies and exchange students

The information course for Foundation Studies and exchange students is on 18 September 2017, at 12:30 in the lecture room A-122 in the UniS.

Information course Master's Info Days 2018

The next information course for the Master PMP is likely to be held in March 2018.

Information course for In-depth Studies

The next information course for In-depth Studies is likely to be held in May 2018.

The information courses on Foundation Studies and In-depth Studies are only intended for students of the PMP master's.

Graduation dates

Faculty Graduation registration Graduation ceremonies HS Graduation ceremonies FS
RW September 8, 2017   November 10, 2017
  March 2, 2018 May 4, 2018  
       
WISO November 24, 2017   January 23, 2018
  April 13, 2018 June 12, 2018  

 

Registration for graduation

Registration for completion of studies must be made no later than the same day on which registration is made for the graduation (see above). This should be e-mailed to the Secretary's Office for the PMP master's.

The following documents (PDF) should accompany the registration:

  • Receipt or confirmation of bank transfer for the graduation fees paid
  • Copy of the UNICARD (please note the documents below)
  •  Completed study profile sheet

Graduation fees

Students who have selected the field of Public Law should pay their graduation fees to the account of the Faculty of Law. All other students should pay their graduation fees to the account of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences. Please note the documents below.

Documents

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master’s degree program in Public Management and Policy (mono):

a)

Bachelor's degree from a Swiss university, or an equivalent academic qualification, with a major in: 
  • Public Management
  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Political Sciences
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Media studies and communication
b) degrees other than those listed under a); additional attainments of up to 60 ECTS credits may be required. 

 The degree used for assessment purposes may not be more than six years old.

Language requirements

Initially almost all courses for the master's degree program are conducted in German. Later on proficiency in one of Switzerland's other languages or English will be required.

Application and admission

General admission requirements
Application and admission with a Swiss degree
Application and admission with an international degree

For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Application and admission

Admission requirements
Application deadlines
 

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M A in Public Management and Policy, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration
   

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration
 

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - Documents for your application / Important information
Steps from application to registration

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.