Hertie School of Governance

Public Administration (Executive), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English


Why Study Public Administration (Executive) pogram at Hertie School of Governance?

  • We offer a unique forum for exchange, learning, and professional development with a diverse cohort of peers
  • Dedicated, international faculty and experienced practitioners
  • Executive MPA participants are equipped with cutting-edge knowledge and tools to lead teams and organisations, shape decision-making and manage change in the workplace 
  • The Executive MPA is a springboard for participants who want to take their career to a new level

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Actors, Institutions, Policies
  • Governance and Decision-making in and between Public Institutions
  • Understanding Organisations / Organisational Forms
  • European Union Governance
  • Strategic and Performance Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Fiscal Rules and Budgeting
For more information please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    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. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    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. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 577

    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).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    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). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

The following documents must be submitted:

  • Completed online application form
  • Current CV (in English or German; Europass CV recommended; CV should not exceed two pages in length)
  • Letter of motivation (in English or German, preferably in English, two pages or 900 words maximum), explaining your specific interest in public administration/management, the Executive MPA programme at the Hertie School of Governance, and how it relates to your professional aspiration.
  • Copies of official academic transcripts and diplomas of all attended universities. Every transcript must include a transcript key (an explanation of the grading system). If these documents are not in English or German, you will need to provide a certified/notarised translation into English or German. Hard copies are not required until after acceptance into the programme.
  • Two letters of reference (in English or German, or: a certified/notarised translation into English or German), of which at least one comes from the current or your last employer of the applicant. The other one can also be issued by a referee from academia. Applicants who undergo an annual performance evaluation by their employer can replace one of the reference letters with this document. The Hertie School may decide to contact the referee(s) to confirm the authenticity of the issued document(s).
    Reference letters can also be sent to us by the referee directly, either as an email attachment, or via regular mail.
    Reference letters should be on official letterhead (if applicable) and include an original signature. Contact details of all referees should be listed in the "References" section of the online application module. Reference letters can also be handed in after the application deadline.
    Reference letters are not requested from candidates nominated/dispatched by their employer after passing an internal selection process in their organisation.
  • English proficiency certificate (for non-native English speakers, if applicable)
Academic background

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.

Professional background

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.

Language skills and required verification

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.

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 29500 International
  • EUR 29500 EU/EEA


External funding & loans
  • The Student Affairs team offers assistance in finding the right financial resources mix in the form of grants and loans. More information is available in the "External funding and loans" section. The newest addition to our financial aid portfolio are the Hertie School Education Funds that are based on the idea of the reversed generational contract.
Hertie School-sponsored scholarship
  • The Hertie School grants a limited number of tuition waivers (mostly reductions of the tuition fees) to a small number of excellent and motivated candidates.
Modular entry
  • A modular entry into the Executive MPA Programme is possible via the Executive Seminars and Certificates programme. All courses offered are Executive MPA seminars of 2-4 days each. Certificate participants select a certain academic focus and accomplish four courses (11 days in total) within a period of one or two years. There are no scholarships or reductions of the tuition for this programme, but credits earned can be recognised if a participant later starts with the Executive MPA (all tuition fees paid for seminars and certificates are offset against the EMPA tuition fees).
Support from employer
  • Many of our part-time Executive MPA participants receive some sort of support from their employer. This can be in the form of non-financial support, such as more flexibility or extra-leave, but also as financial support. Seminars and Certificates are very often supported by the employer as an integral part of continuing education.
Financing options for employees of the German higher civil service and for employees of Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Employees of the higher civil service ("höherer Dienst") working for German Federal Ministries and their subordinate agencies can be financially supported.
  • Employees of Deutsche Bahn Ag may also receive financial support for participating in the programme.

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