Welcome to the homepage of the Masters Course: Komplexes Entscheiden (Professional Public Decision Making)

In the winter
term 2010/2011 the two-year interdisciplinary Master's program Komplexes Entscheiden (Professional Public Decision Making) started. This course prepares BA- graduates for the work as a junior executive in public institutions and their private and societal environment.

The study program is interdisciplinary (law, political science, economics, philosophy). Comprehensive skills are taught to solve problems in complex decision situations, a special emphasis is placed on the practical implementation of the imparted knowledge.


In public institutions the decision-making behavior and the patterns of the enforcement of decision are guided by rationales that can conflict with each other. Political opportunism, administrative postulates, efforts towards economic efficiency and legal frameworks seem to directly collide with each other. This leads to a paralysis of the system in many areas. Institutions meet their main functions within state and society not to a full extent. The legitimacy of the decision makers recedes. Resources for many governmental and social tasks are lacking. Decisions that are then made in a way of resignation solutions are drawn from improper compromises or situational constraints. They are often counterproductive and a result is that many key problems of modern society and its institutions are not solved or even addressed. Thus it requires well-trained decision-makers who have in complex decision situations a sense for diverging needs and demands and for the different dimensions of the results of their actions. The training of decision makers who develop their own evaluation criteria in order to solve existing dilemmas, and who create new alternatives for solutions, and who can make, realize and communicate their decisions in accordance with situations, problems and stakeholders is necessary.

The master's program Komplexes Entscheiden (Professional Public Decision Making) therefore focusses on multidisciplinary expertise in order to develop comprehensive skills for complex decision-making situations of junior managers in public institutions. This includes, in addition to analytical skills, normative authority as much as communication skills. Because of the substantive and methodological complexity of decisions in public institutions philosophical, economic, political, cultural and legal analysis of issues, their solution concepts and implementation approaches will equally be discussed. Besides the teaching of theory also its practical application is in the centre of the curricula.


Study Phases of the master’s program Professional Public Decision Making

1. Academic Year

I Theory and Empiricism of Complex Decision Making

M1 Complex Decision Making/ Theory

M4 Complex Decision Making/ Decision Training

M7 Complex Decision Making/ Empiricism


II Interdisciplinary Core Courses

M2 Political and Legal Perspectives

M3 Ethical and Economic Perspectives

M5 Economic & Political Framework Requirements of Public Decision Making

M6 Ethical & Legal Framework Requirements of Public Decision Making


2. Academic Year

III Interdisciplinary Project Area

M8 Interdisciplinary Projects

M9 Compulsory Internship


IV Final Module

M10 M.A.- Colloquium & M.A.- Thesis


Admission requirements for the master’s program "Complex Decisions"are:

A. A first qualifying university degree in one of the following programs:

     Political Science

or another as equivalent recognized degree with course work equivalent to at least 180 credit points (credit points = CP) to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) or their equivalents.

B. An overall grade of a university degree of 2.7 or better in one of the professional qualifications mentioned in a).

C. English-language proficiency, which meet at least level B2 of the European Framework for Languages. Evidence of this is also provided if applicants have acquired their university admission or their last degree in English.

D. A knowledge of German which meets the general conditions of the University of Bremen regarding German language skills.

E. A letter of motivation, that gives reasons for the particular interest in the master’s program.


An application is also possible if the previous academic studies are not yet completed at the application deadline. However, it has to be provided that studies and examinations are worth at least 130. If the application meets the other conditions of eligibility under § 1, the approval can be made under the condition that proof of the first professional degree is provided until two weeks after the beginning of the semester. In this case the relevant documents and evidence has to be submitted by December 31st of that year.

Applicants for the master’s program "Complex Decisions" are admitted to the respective winter semester at the University of Bremen. The beginning of the semester is always October 1st. An application for admission on the appropriate form has to be send to:

University of Bremen
Secretariat for Students (International)
Postfach 33 04 40
D - 28334 Bremen


The application must include:

1. Officially certified evidence of all admission requirements (including the cover letter and copies of certificates and documents in German or English)

2. CV

3. An account of the past studies (studies and examinations in CP, transcript of records or an equivalent)