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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


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


  • 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