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MSc in Business Administration – Major Public and Nonprofit Management

Effective managers are in demand, not only in profit-oriented organizations. Public administrations, public enterprises, and nonprofit organizations depend on flexible, innovative, and well-qualified specialists to help reach their ideological and social aims, such as general welfare, solidarity, or a smooth-running society. The MSc program in Public and Nonprofit Management deals with problems and issues at the intersection of business, society, and politics which, more often than not, require both a scientific and a practice-oriented interdisciplinary approach.

Potential employers include the federal administration, cantonal and communal administrations, national and international governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and institutions such as associations and foundations. They represent a job market with some 650,000 positions in Switzerland.

At a Glance

Title: Master of Science (MSc) in Business Administration with a Specialization in Public and Nonprofit Management (UAS Zurich)
Start of New Program: Mid-September
Workload: 90 ECTS credits (corresponding to approx. 2,700 hours of study)
Duration: 4 semesters (while enrolled in the program, students can hold a part-time job or do family work not exceeding a workload of 50%)
Location: Winterthur
Semester Fee: CHF 720.-
Admission Requirements: Admission Procedure
Language of Instruction: German
Accreditation: AACSB, FIBAA

What You Will Learn

The specialization “Public and Nonprofit Management” will enable you to learn all about the specific requirements of public and not-for-profit oriented organizations. You will be able to apply management tools to plan resources, quality, project, and stakeholder management. You will analyze and design complex operational structures and develop a keen understanding of interdisciplinary connections. You will advance your competencies in academic research and will conduct applied research projects with partners from the public and nonprofit sector. 

Your Career Prospects

Functions

  • Project management
  • Research work
  • Assisting members of executive boards
  • Controlling
  • Demanding specialist work
  • Public affairs
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Consulting

Sectors

  • Public administrations (city, canton, and state) in the areas education, health, law, security, economics, social services, culture, sports, environment, finances, and human resources
  • Public enterprises in areas such as energy, transportation, telecommunication, social security, postal service, health 
  • Nonprofit organizations (associations, foundations, societies) in the areas development aid, politics, health, social services, social security, economy
  • Private-sector organizations, such as Business consultancies or banks

Program Structure and Admission

Flexible and Practically Oriented

The program takes four semesters to complete and will enable you to hold a part-time position of up to 50% because of well-balanced study load and directed block seminars. Nearly half of the program is devoted to applied research. You will also take part in a foreign study trip and will organize a series of events on current topics of public and nonprofit management. To complete your studies, you will write scientific Master's thesis on a research question of practical relevance.

What You Need to Qualify

Applicants are admitted to the program subject to an application procedure. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A bachelor's degree in Business Administration from an officially recognized accademic university or university of applied sciences.
  • Successful completion of a related degree program worth at least 180 ECTS credits and high grades in the relevant subjects.
  • Excellent communication skills in German and English.

Brochure, in German