Experts in the public sector

Opportunities for advancement in the public sector are broad and vary.  Whether they are in public administration, public companies, government-run chambers and associations, non-profit organization or in the state-run private sector – there are numerous management positions available for highly educated experts. The master’s program in Public Management provides a targeted education which takes into account the professional requirements needed by its students in this profession.

INTERDISCPLINARY SOLUTIONS

Public administration has been in a state of radical change, and as a result, far-reaching modernization processes and restructuring have been initiated.  Graduates of this master’s program have learned to analyze the effects of these changes with their complex interdisciplinary problems and to provide the appropriate solutions for them.  Moreover, the degree program offers broad theoretical knowledge in the areas of political science, las and communication.  In addition, the curriculum addresses digitization intensively and places a focus on aspects such as e-government, e-democracy and public administration informatics.  Faculty and adjunct lecturers with extensive practical expertise are led by the political scientist Dr. Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle, who is renowned beyond the borders of Carinthia.

Her concern with master’s degree program is create more qualifications for the public sector and the non-profit field: students develop and enhance their leadership and management skills in public management, learn to deal with reorganization and project management issues, and build their knowledge of human resource management and recruiting.  Additionally, the areas of finance and controlling as well as quality management and process optimization are in the curriculum.  The same applies for business administration, administrative law and administrative management.

As they are equipped with extensive knowledge of management, market-based control mechanisms, and tried-and tested administrative tools, our graduates leave the master’s degree program with excellent job prospects.  Job opportunities are also enhanced due to the upcoming generational change in the public sector.  In order to combine study times with the opportunity to work, lectures and classes are usually held on Fridays after 1:30 p.m. and all day on Saturdays.  A mandatory ‘presence week’ takes place at the beginning of each semester.

 

Application deadline

Period I: 01.10. - 15.03.20 
Period II: 16.03.- 15.05.20
Period III: 16.03. - 15.07.20
Period IV: 16.07. - 30.09.20

Please note that applicants from non-EU countries or applicants living outside the European Union should apply as soon as possible to be in time for the visa procedure.

Study start

The Semester starts on 7.9.2020

Teaching time

Fri from 13:30 an Sat from 08:30

(one attendance week at the beginning of each semester)

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Further information

Language of instruction: German

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Contact

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Program Director

Level of qualification
Master
ECTS credits
120
Tuition fees
€ 363.36 / semester
Qualification awarded
  • Master of Arts in Business
Duration of study
4 semester
ÖH (Austrian Student Union) fee
€ 20.20 / semester
Language of instruction
Deutsch
FH campus
  • Villach

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Profile

"Public Management" is a master's degree program that supports professionals in the public and private sectors in their advancement to management level. You will receive comprehensive training in administrative law and administrative management, which will open up new career opportunities in public administration, public enterprises, chambers and associations, non-profit organisations or the state-related private sector. With sound management skills, project management abilities and knowledge of recruiting and financing, graduates of the Master's program have the best prerequisites for advancing in their profession.

Teachers with a wealth of experience and practical knowledge are available to support students in this unique course of study in Southern and Western Austria. They provide expertise and practice-oriented insights into administrative action, politics and the influence of law on state action. The upcoming generational change in the public sector has resulted in a shortage of skilled workers, which opens up promising opportunities for graduates on the labour market. In its time planning, the program takes particular account of the needs of working students.

What students should bring to their studies:

  • A completed economic Bachelor's or Diploma degree
  • Interest in the public sector
  • Interest in politics
  • Interest in and involvement in socially relevant topics

After successful completion of their studies, graduates have the following skills and knowledge:

  • They have a sound education with a focus on politics, law and social change.
  • They have the best prerequisites for a career or career step in the public sector.
  • They work in management positions at the interface of business, politics and society. 

Current courses - Public Management

LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 24,0 M-PM4.02
Compulsory optional subject: Elective 2TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
International Administrative Reform ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM4.08
Politik, Recht, Verwaltung ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM4.07
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Planning VO 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.04
Procurement Management ILV 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.03
Demographic Change VO 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.07
International Public Management ILV 1,0 3,0 M-PM3.02
Crisis Management ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.05
Master Thesis Colloquium SE 2,0 2,0 M-PM3.11
Media Training SE 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.09
Public Leadership ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.08
Regional Economic Aspects of Globalization VO 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.06
Public Procurement Law VO 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.01
Compulsory optional subject: Elective 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Kommunales Abgabenrecht ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.17
Quantitative Methods ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.16
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Master Thesis MT 0,0 24,0 M-PM4.02
Compulsory optional subject: Elective 2TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
International Administrative Reform ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM4.08
Politik, Recht, Verwaltung ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM4.07
LectureTypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Planning VO 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.04
Procurement Management ILV 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.03
Demographic Change VO 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.07
International Public Management ILV 1,0 3,0 M-PM3.02
Crisis Management ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.05
Master Thesis Colloquium SE 2,0 2,0 M-PM3.11
Media Training SE 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.09
Public Leadership ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.08
Regional Economic Aspects of Globalization VO 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.06
Public Procurement Law VO 1,0 2,0 M-PM3.01
Compulsory optional subject: Elective 1TypeSPPSECTS-CreditsCourse number
Kommunales Abgabenrecht ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.17
Quantitative Methods ILV 2,0 3,0 M-PM3.16

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Job & Career

Your career with Public Management:

Top job opportunities for public managers due to massive staff aging (retirement waves in the public sector in the next five years
Public managers are in demand as specialists throughout the public sector:

  • at municipal, state and federal levels;
  • in European institutions and international organisations, e.g: OECD, UNIDO;
  • in public enterprises e.g: Austrian Post AG, ÖBB, Statistik Austria, ASFINAG;
  • Chambers & Associations e.g: Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Labour;
  • in non-profit organisations, e.g. Caritas;
  • as an "interface" in private companies that benefit from expertise in the public sector.

The successful completion of the Master's degree program in Public Management subsequently entitles the holder to pursue doctoral studies in accordance with § 6 FHStG (4). 

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Alumniprofile Public Management

Felix Dornhofer BA, MA

Head of PR & Marketing

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Jörg Moser BA, MA

Referent für die Steiermärkische Landesregierung

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Alumniprofile Public Management

DI (FH), Mag (FH) Carolin Schmied

OEM Manager, Osypka AG

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Alumniprofile Public Management

Mag.(FH) Nadja Kreiner-Russek, MA

Amtsleiterin, Gemeinde Greifenburg

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Faculty and Staff - Public Management

Head of Degree Program & Professor of Public Management

FH-Prof.in MMag.a Dr.in

 Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle
Student Support Services
Administration of Studies - Economy and Public Management Master
Planning of Schedules and Rooms
Professor of Logistics and Change Management
Professor of Public and European Law

FH-Prof. MMag. Dr.

 Florian Oppitz
Program Director of Digital Business Management

Dipl.-Ing.

 Martin Stromberger
Head of Degree Program International Business Management Master, Professor of International Management

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr.

 Dietmar Sternad, BSc MBA
Vice Dean, Professor of Business Management

FH-Prof.in Mag.a

 Hermine Bauer
Lecturer/Senior Researcher

Mag. Dr.

 Thomas Friedrich Zametter
Professor

FH-Prof. Dr.

 Helmut Richard Arnold

FH-Prof. Dipl.-Math. Dr.

 Andreas Schelling
Part-time Lecturer

Campus & Arrival

Villach

The Villach region combines tradition, cosmopolitanism and quality of life with the advantages of an innovative business location. Villach, a small town with about 60,000 inhabitants, is an international high-tech location with groundbreaking cooperation between science and industry and is also increasingly developing into a start-up town.

Situated directly at the intersection of three cultures, Villach, situated on the Drava river, is an important traffic junction in the Alps-Adriatic region. This special geographical location and the beautiful landscape around Villach and in the federal state of Carinthia have made the region a popular holiday destination for generations, further beyond the borders. The drinking water quality of the lakes and the particularly clean air make Villach and its surroundings an environmental paradise.

In addition to its geographical advantages, Austria also leads the world in terms of its social and health care system and is considered a particularly safe, prosperous and liveable country.

Despite the above-average prosperity and the comprehensive state social benefits, Villach compares favourably with many international destinations. The "small town bonus" comes into its own here and makes everyday life affordable.

 Explore Campus Villach on a 360° Tour.

Motorway exit Wernberg, then on the B 83 approx. 2 km in the direction of Villach, after the Villach town sign the B83 passes under the A2 motorway, and then immediately right the first exit in the direction of MAGDALENEN SEE. Following the signs for Magdalenen See, the road leads through a small wooded area, always follow the road, after an S-curve past Magdalenen See (left) always straight ahead, cross the southern railway line and go uphill directly into the centre of St. Magdalene. Turn right at the top of the hill, down the road, the grounds of the technology park are already visible to the south, the chimney of the combined heat and power plant, and directly in the sharp right-hand bend turn left onto the grounds of the technology park.

 

Motorway exit Villach/Ossiacher See, then approx. 2 km in the direction of Villach, on the right is Gasthof Seehof, on the left is Lake Vassach, continue on the B33 left in the direction of east, Wernberg, Klagenfurt, always follow the B33, after approx. 4 km turn right in the direction of Magdalenen See. The road leads through a small forest, always follow the road, after an S-curve past Lake Magdalenen (left) always straight ahead, cross the southern railway line and go uphill directly into the centre of St.Magdalen. Turn right at the top of the hill, down the road, the grounds of the technology park are already visible to the south, the chimney of the combined heat and power plant, and directly in the sharp right-hand bend turn left onto the grounds of the technology park.

 

 

The bus company Kowatsch runs from Villach train station to the FH in about every 40 minutes. The timetables are coordinated with the timetables of the ÖBB.

Contact

Europastraße 4
9524 Villach, Austria

+43 5 90500 7700 
villachfh-kaerntenat

Explore Campus Villach on a 360° Tour.