|Application deadline:||1st Application Deadline February 1; 2nd Application Deadline May 1|
|Tuition fee:|| |
|Start date:||September 2013|
|Credits:|| 120 ECTS |
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
Public policy is traditionally concerned with what governments do, how they do it, and why they do it. The term governance', however, suggests that decisions which affect the life of the ordinary citizen in a political community are shaped by a multitude of actors from all sectors of society. That's why the Master of Public Policy programme at the Hertie School addresses the changing nature of public decision-making, the interaction of actors who participate in these processes, and the policy outcomes they produce.
The Master of Public Policy programme seeks to closely connect practice and theory, research and implementation, as well as scholarship and policymaking. MPP students gain a solid foundation in a wide range of policy-making areas, as well as professional training in management and leadership skills. This education prepares them for success in the sector of their choice - public, private, or civil society.
MPP graduates from the Hertie School of Governance take up careers in international institutions, non-governmental organisations, in consulting firms, in federal and local government, in research institutions and think tanks, and in private firms. The combination of academic excellence and practical experience offered at the Hertie School has proven to be an advantageous starting point for their professional track and academic careers.
In their first semester at the Hertie School, MPP students take foundational courses in economics, statistics, public management, governance and policy processes. In the second semester, they deepen their knowledge in the field of political economy as well as law and governance. At the same time, they participate in a project course taught in collaboration with a public policy institution and designed to confront students with the challenges of a real-world policy project. MPP candidates also choose between concentrations in policy analysis and public management in their second semester.Policy analysis focuses on quantitative methods such as statistics and econometrics. Public management looks at management tools such as budgeting, performance management or organizational design which can be applied in different governance settings, from local, national, or international public administration to social entrepreneurship or civil society.
In their third and fourth semesters, students choose from a portfolio of offered electives - including European and Global Governance, Political Economy, Welfare and Sustainability, Innovation and Regulation, or Ethics and Democracy - to refine their quantitative analysis or management skills and deepen their knowledge of related fields. At the same time they write a master thesis which applies the knowledge, concepts, and tools they have learned to a concrete policy problem and develop a set of policy recommendations.
Applicants must have completed at least an undergraduate degree (B.A. or its international equivalent) and must have a high level of proficiency in written and spoken English. If you are not yet in possession of your first degree certificate or your English language test, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must have completed all of your academic course work and exams by 31 August 2013 in order to be able to register for the MPP programme beginning on 1 September 2013.
The English proficiency certificate (if applicable) is also due by 1 May 2013 (to see which tests are being accepted, please have a look at our FAQ-section).
Only completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee so please make sure that you include all of the following documents:
It is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete. In addition to the minimum requirements (listed above) you can include any other documents that you think will enhance your application and be of interest to the Admissions Committee. You could, for example, include copies of job references (if available), proof of any professional training, part-time jobs, voluntary work, or civic engagement which is relevant to the field of public policy.
|CAE score:||75(Grade B)|
|TOEFL paper-based test score:||600|
|TOEFL computer-based test score:||250|
|TOEFL internet-based test score:||100|
There are two main financing possibilities available to Hertie students.
The first is the internal assistance granted by the Hertie School of Governance itself. The Hertie School is currently able to offer financial assistance to approximately 30% of incoming students, this assistance is both need and merit based. The financial assistance is given in the form of scholarships and tuition waivers but does not include an additional stipend for living costs.
The second option is external financing: Students can apply to a number of fellowships from foundations in Germany and their home countries. Student loans and student jobs are other ways to finance your studies. We are in the process of applying for "Initial Certification" at the U.S. Department of Education. In the case of approval, the Hertie School of Governance may participate in the U.S. Federal Student Aid programmes. The Student Services team offers assistance in finding the right financial assistance mix in the form of fellowships, loans, and student jobs.
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You are normally required to take an English Proficiency Test if you come from a non-English speaking country.
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