This interdisciplinary bachelor's degree program with a focus on sustainability enables graduates to support and manage nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NPOs/ NGOs) in the third sector.
Nature conservation associations, welfare and social services, environmental protection agencies, unions, foundations, political parties, educational institutions etc. offer growing employment and career opportunities in the nonprofit and NGO sector.
Modules with a practical orientation provide you a deeper understanding of and effective long-term solutions for current welfare challenges. The finding of a balance between environmental protection, social justice and economic needs is prioritized in the context of e.g. climate change, reduction of the carbon footprint, sustainable food and energy production as well as educational programs.
The curriculum/study program covers three areas of expertise: You acquire skills in business administration and management as well as basic legal knowledge, which provide you an ideal combination of competences for dealing with day-to-day challenges in managing nonprofit organizations and NGOs.
We incorporate, for example, advanced and practice-based courses in campaigning, marketing, leadership and management, fundraising, communication, filing applications and creating reports, green procurement and change management, digital solutions, specific human resources aspects of NGOs, regional UN SDG aspects etc.
And where better to study this exceptional program with a sustainability oriented profile than at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld - Germany’s Greenest University? *
* We currently rank first in the GreenMetric World University Ranking 2020 for the most sustainable universities in Germany, and are in sixth place worldwide among 918 national and international competitors.
There are two study profiles for this course of studies: You can follow a dual practice-integrated degree program which incorporates about 10-12 months of practical phases in cooperation with a fixed partner NPO/NGO or a classical degree program with fewer practical phases and without a fixed cooperation partner.
The modules are taught in German, some modules materials are English-friendly. German language courses are offered for students from foreign countries to be able to follow the lectures quickly.
Graduates of “Nonprofit and NGO-Management” are qualified for international postgraduate master studies in the field and are in the perfect position to start a career as an assistant or future leader in a non-profit or non-governmental organization.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Beginning of the course
Winter an summer semester
Standard course length
6 semesters (180 ECTS)
Restrictions on admission (N.C.)
Language of Instruction
Place of study
Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
Language of instruction
Preparatory training in NPO/NGO (4 weeks),
Internship phase in NPO/NGO (16 weeks)
Semester abroad (voluntary), internship phase abroad in NPO/NGO (voluntary)
none (regular semester fees only)
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