Hertie School of Governance

Public Administration (Executive), MPA

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition Fee
    32500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    32500 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • 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 Included

  • 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

  • More details:
    • 15 March(priority deadline for most scholarships)
    • 15 May
    • Late applications are accepted until15 August
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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):


    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:


    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:


    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

  • 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
  • Copies of official academic transcripts and diplomas of all attended universities. Every transcript must include a transcript key.
  • 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.
  • English proficiency certificate

Work Experience

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

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, as well as professionals who are either preparing a change of sector or are on a sabbatical or parental leave.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    32500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.

Living costs for Berlin

710 - 1,230 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • External funding & loans
  • Hertie School-sponsored scholarship
  • Modular entry
  • 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.
  • Financing options for employees of the German higher civil service and for employees of Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Employees of the higher civil service, 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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