Public Administration

The degree course prepares its graduates for a career in civil service or in private

organisations that cooperate with divisions of the public sector. Focussing on Applied Law,

the programme also equips students with economic and sociological understanding and a

range of practical skills and key competences.

Key Facts

Department Department of Public Administration
Degree Bachelor of Arts, B.A.
Fields of concentration Civil law, constitutional law, administrative law, local selfgovernment, economic viability, administrative modernisation, social issues and diversity, social skills and ethics
Standard period of study - incl. qualification for the upper intermediate civil service of the state of Berlin: 7 semesters, of which 52 weeks in a work placement
- w/o qualification for the upper intermediate civil service: 6 semesters, of which 26 weeks in a work placement
Overall credits (ECTS) 210 resp. 180

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Entry requirements

Applicants require a university entrance qualification recognized by the state of Berlin,


  • A German 'Abitur' or 'Fachhochschulreife'
  • Completion of the University preparatory course (Studienkolleg)
  • A university entrance qualification or first degree awarded outside Germany which qualifies its holder for direct university entrance.

Language proficiency

Please note that all programmes are taught in German. Applicants must have a command of German that equals B2/C1 at minimum.

On enrolment, German language skills must be proved as follows:

  •  TestDaF with at least the grade of 4 in all four parts
  • an equivalent (in German)
  • For full enrollment for your degree program, you must prove the minimum level of DSH 2 (equivalent to TestDaF level 4 in all four parts).
  • Successful completion of §5 Prüfungsteil Deutsch as part of the Feststellungsprüfung at a Studienkolleg
  • Goethe-Zertifikat C 2: Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom (GDS)

For more information about German language proficiency please consult "Ordnung zum Nachweis deutscher Sprachkenntnisse ausländischer Studienbewerber und Studienbewerberinnen" (in German).


Applicants whose native language is neither English nor German, and who have not completed their previous education in a school, college or university where English is the language of instruction, must submit a proof of English proficiency on the minimum level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). 

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Applications for admissions will be accepted from 1st June to 15th July of every year for the following winter semester.

Prospective students holding a foreign university entrance qualification must submit their application via uni-assist for BSEL: Please note that the application is subject to a fee.

For information about supporting documents, please consult the Admissions and Enrolment office. All enquiries must be addressed in German.

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Public Administration Academic Director and Work Experience Supervisor

Prof. Dr. Stephan Tomerius
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2653

Chair of the Law and Public Administration Examination Committee

Prof. Dr. Marc Eckebrecht
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2657

Student Counselling

Student Recruitment and Admissions Office

Petra Schmutzler
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2540

Programme Planning and Operation

Manja Lade
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2612

Academic Programme

Heike Gardein
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2614


Anja Goldner
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2621


Martina Wendler
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2613