Speyer - city of administration

The city of Speyer (Rhineland-Palatinate), located on the banks of the famous Rhine River, was founded more than 2000 years ago as “Noviomagus”. Moreover, archaeological findings indicate permanent settlements have existed in the area of present-day Speyer for over 5,000 years. This long history of city life is closely tied to Roman and European history: Celts, Roman soldiers and the Salian emperors, which built the Romanesque cathedral, came as travellers or conquerors and shaped the townscape. In 1816 Speyer became the capital of the district of the Palatinate and has been a lively city as well as an important centre of regional administration ever since.

Speyer University

The University was founded in 1947 by the French occupation authorities as a state academy for administrative sciences. In 1950, a law passed by the government of Rhineland-Palatinate reaffirmed its legal status as an institution of public law. As a result of a special agreement in 1952, the national and the state (Länder) governments assumed joint responsibility for the University. After German reunification, also the ‘new’ states (Länder) acceded to this agreement.

In December 1997, the University adopted its current name of the “German University of Administrative Sciences Speyer”.

The work of the university covers three broad activities in the field of administrative sciences:

  • postgraduate education;
  • in-service training and
  • research.

EMPA Programme

The European Masters of Public Administration (EMPA) programme at Universität Speyer was introduced in 1991 as an optional component complementing the master's programme "Verwaltungswissenschaftliches Aufbaustudium", a programme that has existed since 1976.

Students who successfully complete this programme in Speyer and the exchange semester abroad (at an EMPA partner university) are awarded with a special EMPA certificate, signed and stamped by the hosting and home institutions. This certificate is awarded in addition to the diploma of the home university.

Most of the courses are taught in German language. However, in nearly all courses it is possible to write your final course work in English.

Source: Klaus Landry

Source: Klaus Landry

Source: Klaus Landry

Source: Klaus Landry

Building upon our experience with the old master’s programme “Verwaltungs-wissenschaftliches Aufbaustudium” the Universität Speyer recently introduced two newly accredited master’s programmes in “Administrative Sciences” and “Public Economy” (Öffentliche Wirtschaft), both of which began in Winter term 2011/2012. Both programmes aim to train students to be experts and specialists capable of serving as senior civil servants in Public Administration, Public Economy and related private sectors.

The new master’s programmes include interdisciplinary perspectives derived directly from our research in numerous relevant disciplines, including sociology, law, political sciences, and economics.

These programmes are fully complaint with the Bologna process adapted and provide common standards for the flexible integration of semesters abroad into EMPA students home programmes. more flexible and common patterns for integrating some semesters abroad for incoming and outgoing EMPA students.

In addition, a part-time executive Master of Public Administration in "Higher Education and Research Management" was launched in April 2012 (Deadline for application: 02 January).


  • Speyer can take up to 10 students per semester.
  • Since most courses are taught in German, a good command of the German language is necessary. This can be proven by either the Goethe Zertifikat C 1, the "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang” of a German University (DSH-2)", or the so-called "TestDaF" (Test in German as a foreign language for student applicants, TdN4), which is held three times a year at designated national test centres certain.

More practical information can be found on the website for incoming students.


Contact persons:
Johannes C. Mayer

Ilona Werner


Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer
2 Freiherr-Vom-Stein-Straße
Speyer, 67346