Hertie School of Governance

Public Policy (MPP), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    16250 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    16250 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
The Hertie Schools Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme at Hertie School of Governance offers an analytically challenging and problem-oriented education in governance, policy analysis, management and leadership, strengthened by real-world experience in the public and private sectors.


It brings together perspectives from economics, political science, law and sociology, and trains students in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

A cutting-edge programme for tomorrow’s leaders

The Master in Public Policy (MPP) from Hertie School of Governance is an academically demanding degree programme with a hands-on approach, which prepares students to tackle today’s most pressing policy problems.

Specialise in policy analysis or management tools

MPP candidates choose between concentrations in policy analysis or management and organisation in their second semester. They acquire tools which can be applied to the public, private or civil society sector and at all levels of governance, from local to global. Policy analysis focuses on methods and tools of analysis such as statistics, econometrics, or behavioural economics. Management and organisation explores competences such as strategy, change management, or organisational design. In their third and fourth semesters, MPP students attend two concentration-based electives to refine their quantitative analysis or management skills.

Programme Structure

Core courses In the first year, MPP students take courses in economics, political science, statistics, public management, and law. They participate in a project course usually taught together with a public policy institution, designed to confront students with the challenges of a real-world project. Between the first and second year of study, students gain professional experience in a full-time internship in a public policy relevant institution.
Electives In their second semester, students begin a concentration in either policy analysis or management and organisation. Depending on their chosen concentration, students refine their quantitative and qualitative methods or management competences in the second year of study

Detailed Programme Facts

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.

  • 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

Candidates with an excellent undergraduate degree and a strong motivation to study public policy are invited to apply for the MPP programme.

Application requirements

  • Bachelor (or equivalent) from any disciplinary background
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic transcripts
  • Academic letters of reference
  • English proficiency certificate (TOEFL or IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    16250 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16250 EUR per year and a duration of 24 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.


Financial aid

The Hertie School offers qualified students scholarships in the form of full or partial tuition waivers. The school also provides advice on acquiring external scholarships and student loans. Most students who require assistance rely on a mixture of tuition waivers, external scholarships, loans and student jobs to finance their studies.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.