Master Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance

Hertie School of Governance

Application deadline: 1 May 2014; International students are also strongly encouraged to apply by 1 February, to have sufficient time to secure a student visa.
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,750 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,750 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

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:

Interdisciplinary

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.

Inter-sectoral

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.

International

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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Contents

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.

Requirements

You must have completed at least an undergraduate degree (bachelors or equivalent) in order to be admitted. If you do not yet have your undergraduate degree at the time of application, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must complete all of your undergraduate academic course work and exams by 31 August 2014 in order to matriculate.

The English proficiency certificate (if applicable) is due by 1 March 2014. Please note this is an application requirement and is required in order to be eligible for financial aid. Please see the FAQs for more information on English test requirements. For late applications sent after the February 1st deadline, English test results are due by 1 June 2014.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions regarding tuition waivers will be communicated at the end of March 2014.

English Language Requirements

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

Funding

Financial Aid

The Hertie School offers a number of scholarships for highly qualified students to lower the costs of tuition. All students that apply between 1 October and 1 May are eligible for these scholarships. Decisions are communicated to recipients on a rolling basis. Please keep in mind that the deadline for all other Hertie School scholarship programmes is 1 February. Scholarships are allocated on the basis of merit and financial need within the pool of admitted students.

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