Bachelor of Public Administration Program

Level and duration

Bachelor Degree
4 years study


The course is taught in Russian and English






The Public Management program is curated by specialists in the sphere of managing state authority collaboration with business, and by managers of organisations in the public sector.

Graduates of this program possess all the necessary abilities to ensure their rapid career development in state agencies and municipal authorities, in both governmental and private organisations, or alternatively to enter postgraduate programs at leading international universities.

The program would be the ideal option for those interested in working not only for their own career and success, but also for the benefit of society, and the improvement of living standards for all citizens of the Russian Federation.




Year 1

  • Mathematics for managers
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business history
  • The system of state and municipal government
  • Macroeconomics
  • Law
  • Information Technology Management
  • Statistics
  • Financial institutions and markets
  • The history of economic policy and public administration in Russia
  • Microeconomics
  • Management
  • Philosophy
  • English


Year 2

  • Financial analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Business statistics
  • Quantitative Decision Making Techniques
  • Financial management
  • Organisational behavior
  • Regional Development Management
  • Social politics
  • English
  • A second foreign language


Year 3 and 4

During years 3 & 4 you will studying in more depth, with greater specialisation. There are some of the subjects which you will be studying:

  • Management of public sector organisations

You will be studying the management of organisations in the healthcare and education sectors; how to achieve their improvement in strategy and development; how to respond to changes in market conditions or legislation; and how to deal with reactions from competitors. At the end of the course, you will be required to defend a group research project on strategy and operations for organisations in the public sector.

  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)

Just a decade ago, barely a few people outside Russia had ever heard of this kind of collaboration between the state and private business – and if they knew anything at all about it, then they knew very little. Today, things have been turned on their heads. There is broad consensus that public-private partnerships are geared towards long-term collaboration between the state and private business. Study of this discipline will enable students to create models of public-private partnerships in different segments, as well as to evaluate their effectiveness.

  • State procurement (tenders) and anti-corruption policy

This is an inter-disciplinary course, which combines economic, legislative and management abilities. During your studies, you will be solving case-studies that will enable your familiarity with prevailing regulatory bodies, make presentations, and carry out training. As a result, you will gain the necessary competencies for work in the sphere of state (government) procurement and the battle against corruption.










Study abroad for an Exchange Semester

You're able to spend a whole semester abroad, while you study for 3 or 4 courses. There is no cost for the study – all you have to find are your personal costs and expenses (transport, accommodation, and visa). We offer a choice of up to 78 top business schools all over the world – including London, Paris, Vienna, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore.


Set your sights on a successful career

After completing your second or third course, you will have an internship at one of our organisation partners. For example, your internship might take place at the Administration of the City Governor of St. Petersburg – or at the Industrial and Innovation Policy Committee, the Committee for the Management of City Housing, the Directorate of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service for St. Petersburg, or the International Centre for Socio-Economic Research.


A second foreign language

Fluent English is an absolute must-have for effective management – but having a second foreign language is an indisputable plus in a competitive market. At the Higher School of Management at St. Petersburg State University, you'll have the opportunity to study German, Spanish, or French, alongside your English studies.


Extensive Work Placements during your studies

The study process is set up so that the skills you acquire are relevant to the needs of a modern state administration. Furthermore, involvement in research undertaken by the scientific centre of the Higher School of Management of SpbSU will give graduates experience in establishing and solving the kind of problems which modern business leaders and governmental executives face today.
The coursework involves making analyses of state regulation of markets, collaboration between the state and business, and issues of social policy. Even on Year 1, you will be involved in a group project on the strategy involved in selecting companies to participate in new regional business-sector markets.





  • In state agencies and municipal administrations

Our graduates work in federal and regional bodies of state authority and administration - for example, in the Ministry of Economic Development, the Office of the Federal Antimonopoly Service for St. Petersburg, the Administration of St. Petersburg, the executive bodies of state power in St. Petersburg and other organizations.

  • In business

In large Russian and international companies, there are divisions for relations with state authorities - Government Relations (GR). Their work is to increase efficiency of business interaction with state authorities at both federal and regional levels. For example, GR departments operate at Procter & Gamble, Royal Dutch Shell, British American Tobacco, Chevron Corporation, Rosneft, PJSC Gazprom and others.

  • In the consultancy sphere

Independent analytical services, consulting companies and research institutes help business to carry out analytical review of the market, improve strategy, develop interaction with partners and customers, and optimise management accounting. Graduates of the Higher School of Management of SPbSU work at companies including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, McKinsey & Co, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

  • In not-for-profit organisations

Managers are not only needed in the commercial sector. Professional managers are in demand in medical organizations, in educational institutions and in environmental initiatives. They are engaged in the development of strategies, increasing revenues, and boosting business efficiency. Our graduates achieve their potential in a third sector - private non-profit organizations, which help to improve the lives of retirees, orphans, and people with special needs.