Governance and Public Policy (M.A.)


Governance and Public Policy (Master of Arts)

(Governance und Public Policy, M.A.)


General Information

Degree: Master of Arts
Duration: 4 Semesters
Language: German
Internship: An optional internship may be taken as part of the compulsory modules to be accredited as part of course requirements (Optional Area); further information
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrollment) are comprised of a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science or an equivalent degree. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental advisor’s office.
Please also note the general information on the Master degree programme, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (Entrance Requirements Verification) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.
Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions
Programme Start: winter semester or summer semester
Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.
Application: Online
Special Features: none

Brief Description

The focus of the Master of Arts degree in Governance and Public Policy is on “Governance”. In addition to providing a general, in-depth overview of various theoretical issues in political science, the degree programme is designed to provide comprehensive information on governance in multi-level governance systems. Additional important issues include the diversification of decision-making processes at both national and international levels, change in political institutions, new forms of political governance and new types of bargaining systems.

The degree programme is designed around research as its central aim. Students participate in a research colloquium which will serve as a basis for a later career in the field of social sciences.

Semester Course Schedule (print version)
Semester Course Schedule (print version)

The Master of Arts in Governance and Public Policy is divided into the following sections:

  • A Introduction to Concepts of Governance and Public Policy: Governance, Overview of Concepts in Modern Governance; Methods and Theories of Science;
  • B Research Principles: Research Design;
  • C Governance in Europe: Governance in the E.U.; Public Policies in Multi-Level Systems; Public Policies in Comparison;
  • D State and Government: Debates about State and Administration; Political Governance; Local Politics and Government;
  • E Participation and Legitimacy: Law, Constitution, Citizenship and Democracy; Interest Mediation; Participation and Legitimacy;
  • F Governing beyond the State: Governing beyond the State I; Governing beyond the State II; Private Government and Social Responsibility;
  • G Optional Area (18 CP): The area serves to enhance the interdisciplinarity of the programme. Students may choose courses from disciplines closely related to political science. In addition, an optional internship in this area may be accredited; further information;
  • H Final Module: MA Thesis (24 CP), Colloquium.

More information:

Module Handbook

Course Catalogue

Institute for Political Science


Advice for Prospective M.A. Students

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