The Executive MPA can be studied full-time in one year or part-time in 2-4 years.
The programme consists of 43 days of attendance. Courses take place in blocks of two or three days each. The block system makes it possible for professionals who live outside of Berlin, outside of Germany, or even outside of Europe to study part-time.
The governance module familiarises participants with policymaking concepts and analyses the roles and impact of key actors in the emergence of intersectoral and European networks. Courses provide insight into governance and decision-making processes, including how to design, lead and grow organisations.
In the management module, participants gain an overview of strategic and performance management, financial management, leadership and human resource management. The module focuses on the underlying theories as well as fields of application and reform trends.
Participants choose from a wide variety of electives to fit their individual needs and interests.
Electives in Leadership and Management equip managers with the concepts and tools to increase an organisation’s performance, to foster change and innovation, to implement anticorruption policies, and to tackle the challenge of digital transformation.
The Economics, Finances and Methods electives offer an introduction into micro- and macroeconomics as well as quantitative methods, fiscal challenges and decision analysis. For those managing partnerships across sectors or policymaking bodies,
Intersectoral Management electives shed light on politics of management. Courses cover topics as political communication, social innovation, sustainability, or conflict prevention.
Skill trainings strengthen competences in negotiation, conflict management, leadership, foresight analysis, design thinking, and the management of transformation and innovation projects.
The Brussels workshop familiarises participants with the European decision-making, meeting high-level representatives from European institutions, associations, NGOs and companies.
The London workshop gives students a chance to look at Anglo-Saxon public management practices while examining the work of UK ministries, and to discern the applicability of these practices for continental European administrative cultures.
In their Master’s theses, participants apply the theoretical knowledge they have learned to a relevant topic for their current or future occupation. They present their thesis findings in a poster exhibition.
Types of assessment include exams, the Master's thesis, research papers, memos, oral presentations, etc.
The curriculum includes a four-day workshop in either Brussels or London. Executive MPA participants may also participate in selected courses at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), ESCP Europe, and the University of Bern, thus replacing skills training courses or electives.
Internships are not an integral part of the programme, but we support students who are interested in an internship at the beginning or the end of their studies.