Public and Nonprofit-Management

  • Degree
    Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
  • Type of study
    Full-time study
  • Standard period of study
    6 semester
  • Commencement of studies
    Winter semester (1 Oct), Summer semester (1 Apr)
  • Credits (ECTS)
  • Language of instruction
  • Department / Central Institute
    Department of Public Administration

Degree programme

The increasingly complex nature of public tasks has led to responsibility for their completion being shared by a range of bodies: Public Administrations, Not-for-Profit Organizations and public companies. Not only have the tasks become more complex, but expectations have risen as to the quality of the service. Changing contexts require a new generation of managers with specialist knowledge in Public and Not-For-Profit Management; they need to understand the workings of local government and state administration whilst anticipating the political, economic, legal and social effects of their decisions.
Seeking to meet the need of the employment market, the HWR Berlin has teamed up with the HTW Berlin to provide the interdisciplinary Business Administration Bachelor’s degree programme Public and Nonprofit- Management. Seeking to introduce its students to the complex matters which they will later face, this course generates a learning experience which switches rapidly between various topics within an interdisciplinary context. As such, students deal with issues drawn from the areas of Politics, Law, the Social Sciences and the Public and Not-For-Profit sector.
Students also have the opportunity to complete Business English training and achieve a language qualification; They can also study abroad and complete international internships

Professional field

Graduates of this degree programme can perform a range of operative spe- cialist and management tasks in the following areas: Public Administration (e. g. state organizations and municipal administrations), public companies, Not-For-Profit Organizations and private companies which deal closely with the public sector.
Graduates of this programme can work in Organizational Design; Human Resources Management; the Controlling and Reporting sector; Procurement and Logistics; the Finance Industry; Accounting; and Information and Communications Technology.

Degree structure

The first three semesters focus on foundation issues; the fourth and fifth semesters focus on three possible specializations (Controlling and Financial Management; Marketing and Human Resources and Organization) as electives. The sixth semester is dedicated to a twelve-weeks internship followed by the Bachelor’s thesis and final colloquium.
The degree programme incorporates a number of projects as well as the practice study module, during which students complete a mini project in co-operation with a number of partner companies.

  • The Principles of Public and Nonprofit-Management
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Cost Accounting and Controlling
  • Statistics
  • Key Skills
  • Investment and Finance
  • Applied Economics
  • Contract and Labour Law
  • Political and Administrative Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Public and Nonprofit-Management (practical study)
  • Quality and Project Management
  • Organisation and Human Resources
  • Public Budgets and Procurement
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Two Language modules (either English, French, Spanish or Russian)
  • Electronic Government
  • Two projects
  • Four electives in one of the specializations Controlling/ Financial Management, Marketing or Human Resources/Organization
  • Management and Governance
  • Performance Management
  • International Reform Strategies
  • Internship
  • Bachelor’s thesis
  • Colloquium
  • University entrance qualification or an entrance qualification for a University of Applied Sciences

Applicants with a degree from an university abroad:

Students with a Non-German Bachelor degree apply at uni-assist e. V.

Programmakkreditiert durch den Akkreditierungsrat

Fees and grants

  • Tuition fees


  • Semesterfee

    ca. € 300 per semester (incl. local transport semester ticket)

Guidance for prospective students

Student Counselling Services

Admission and enrolment

Office for Applications, Admissions and Enrolment

Office hours:

Mon 14.00–16.00
Wed 10.00–12.00
Thu 14.00–16.00

Important dates and deadlines

01.04. - 03.08.


15.07. - 10.08.

1. Prüfungszeitraum

24.09. - 15.10.

2. Prüfungszeitraum

10.05. - 11.05.

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