Master Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance

Hertie School of Governance

Application deadline: May 1st
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,750 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The Master of Public Policy prepares students for future leadership positions in government, business, and civil society

It offers analytically-challenging and practice-oriented courses in the areas of governance, policy analysis, management, and leadership. The MPP fosters intellectual growth in a professional, research-intensive environment characterised by public debate and engagement. The School’s services departments assist students in curricula planning, in finding scholarships and securing internships, and in identifying opportunities upon and after graduation.

Teaching at the School follows the Hertie Approach. Its three “I”s form the bedrock of the School's self-understanding and determination:


The Hertie School's teaching and research activities balance a problem-solving approach – based on insights from the social sciences, as well as law and history – with a sound conceptual understanding of underlying patterns and processes of governance and policy-making.


New governance structures and policy fields are developing at the intersections of state, economy, and civil society. With the central focus remaining on the public sector, the School recognises the growing importance of private institutions and models of multi-sector governance.


The Hertie School focuses on the potential of multi-level governance in a globalising world. Located in the centre of Berlin, the School brings together students, faculty, and practitioners from all world regions and forms an integral part in a network of leading policy schools.

The Hertie School continually strives to convey a deep-seated understanding of the ethical and moral basis of leadership, public trust, and social responsibility.
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In their first semester at the Hertie School, one of the leading english speaking universities in Germany, Master of Public Policy students take foundational courses in economics, statistics, public management, governance and the policy process.

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 or 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 organisational 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, MPP students attend two concentration-based electives to refine their quantitative analysis or management skills. In addition, they select four courses from a portfolio of electives— including European and Global Governance, Economy and Finance, Welfare and Sustainability, Innovation and Regulation, and Ethics and Democracy — to deepen their knowledge or focus on a policy field. At the same time they write a master’s thesis, which applies the knowledge, concepts and tools they have learned to a concrete policy problem to develop a set of policy recommendations.


Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (bachelors) of at least six semesters at an institution of higher education. This includes a bachelors obtained from a German "Fachhochschule". Candidates with higher degrees are also encouraged to apply.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100


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