Public and Non-profit Management

This bachelor programme is a degree course in business studies with strong interdisciplinary references to political sciences, law and social sciences. It provides substantiated academic education in business management focused on the public and nonprofit sector. The degree course negotiates fundamental knowledge in business management, economics, law, social sciences, political sciences as well as administrative sciences. Beyond this, it negotiates enhanced knowledge in either marketing, organization and human resources or financial management which can be selected as immersion studies in semester 4 and 5.

The programme is conducted jointly by the BSEL and the HTW Berlin – Universities of Applied Sciences.

Key Facts

Department Department of Public Administration
Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Fields of concentration Marketing; Organisation und Human Resources; Controlling and Financial Management
Standard period of study 6 semesters
Overall credits (ECTS) 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 and from 1st December to 15th January for the following summer 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 and Non-profit Management Academic Director and Examination Committee Chair

Prof. Dr. Berit Adam
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2666

Chair of the Informatics in Public Administration Examination Committee

Prof. Dr. Bettina Hohn
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2672

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

Examinations and Internships

Ines Noack
Tel. +49 (0)30 30877-2620