M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Public and Nonprofit Studies (PUNO)
In recent years, public tasks have become increasingly complex and are usually not fulfilled by the state alone, but rather in cooperation between administrations, public enterprises and nonprofit organizations. The range of topics and fields of work for students in this program extends from politically highly topical issues, e.g. refugee policy or the fight against poverty, to the more classical public tasks, such as culture, social services, cleanliness, public transport, universities, the foundation sector, and many more.
In these areas, graduates with interdisciplinary knowledge are sought in Hamburg and throughout Germany. In order to meet this demand, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at the Universität Hamburg has been offering this new Master's program with 60 places in the Department of Socioeconomics since 2016. On the one hand, the program is research-oriented, e.g. the compulsory module includes participation in a research seminar in which current issues in public and nonprofit research are empirically addressed. On the other hand, great importance is attached to current, practice-oriented questions as well as practice experience. In the elective area, various seminars are offered in the modules Public Studies, Nonprofit Studies and Cross-Sector Studies, which can be chosen freely. Particularly innovative are the courses Freiraum, Studierendenkonferenz and PhD Track.
An application for the Master's program Interdisciplinary Public and Nonprofit Studies is possible every winter semester. The application is made within the application period (01.06.-15.07.) in two steps:
- Online application via the STiNE application portal of the University of Hamburg.
- Send the complete application documents to the Academic Office (Studienbüro).
The next information events for interested parties will take place as of March 2022. Please, note our announcements below or on the homepage of the Academic Office.
In October 2020 Prof. Dr. Silke Boenigk took over the program management of the Interdisciplinary Master's Program.
on the M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Public & Nonprofit Studies (PUNO) Program can be found on the homepage of the Socioeconomics Academic Office (Studienbüro Sozialökonomie) and in the student handbook.
Welcome to the first PUNO cohort
On October 19, 2016, the 60 students of the new M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Public & Nonprofit Studies (PUNO) program was welcomed at the University of Hamburg. Following the welcome by the program director, Prof. Dr. Silke Boenigk, the lecturers responsible for the modules explained the contents of the modules Public, Nonprofit and Interdisciplinary Public & Nonprofit Studies. Dean Dr. Gabriele Löschper also warmly welcomed the first cohort of the new master's program. Afterward, there was a breakfast buffet at Café Knallhart and the opportunity to exchange ideas with the new fellow students and lecturers.
Information about the Modules
Use the navigation in the right column to get additional information about the modules in the M.Sc. Interdisciplinary Public & Nonprofit Studies program.