Some of the best ideas are born from dialogue with peers. Executive MPA participants are united in the desire to think critically and originally, and in their wish to hone their behaviour and enhance their leadership performance. Coming from government, international organisations, business and NGOs from all across Europe and beyond, the highly qualified Executive MPA participants bring together a broad range of experiences from all sectors and disciplines.
This Public Administration (Executive) programme is offered at the Hertie School of Governance.The programme's distinguished faculty is supported by experienced practitioners from the field and provides participants with hands-on training, analytical tools and transferable skills and enables them to develop competencies needed for senior management positions.
The governance courses familiarise students with traditional and stateof-the-art concepts in policymaking. They address the challenges of working across sectors and borders, between institutions in one sector and within organisations themselves. Students gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of national institutions as they coordinate with international networks, such as the EU.
You can apply until:
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score.
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
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The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6.
Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).
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The following documents must be submitted:
Applicants must have completed a higher education degree in any discipline - typically, Executive MPA students have a background in business/economics, law, social science or natural sciences.
Applicants must provide proof of at least 240 ECTS that have been acquired during previous studies (if no ECTS credits have been earned, a minimum of 3-4 years of previous academic studies are required). The recognition of credit points earned outside of a course of a study programme is incumbent upon the admission committee.
The Executive MPA programme is aimed at professionals with at least two years of professional experience (most participants have a work experience of 5-15 years, the average is 10 years). We welcome applications from all sectors (public administration, the private sector as well as the non-profit-sector), as well as professionals who are either preparing a change of sector or are on a sabbatical or parental leave.
As the language of instruction at the Hertie School of Governance is English, candidates must be fluent in English.
If a candidate is a native Speaker or if he/she can provide proof of a substantial work or study experience abroad, he/she may not have to provide a language test. Short-term study abroad, au-pair home stays or language school certificates will not be accepted as test replacements.
The Hertie School of Governance recognises the TOEFL and IELTS test as well as the Cambridge ESOL CPE and CAE tests.
Employees of the German Federal Government can also hand in an English test of the Federal Language Agency.
The Executive MPA admission requirements may be met by one of the following scores: TOEFL (PBT 577, CBT 233, IBT 90), IELTS (overall score of 7.0), Cambridge ESOL CPE (A, B, C) or CAE (A, B). Test results may not be more than five years old.
Candidates can submit their application to the Executive MPA programme, even if their language test is not yet available. However, please note that admission cannot be issued without proof of your language skills. We therefore advise all applicants to submit their results as early as possible.
At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.
The tuition fee for the programme is € 29,500, regardless of whether it is completed in one or two years (2-year programme: € 7,375 per semester; 1-year programme: € 14,750 per semester).
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