The Hertie School of Governance's Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme 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.The practice-oriented curriculum of the MPP programme gives students a firm understanding of the international and transnational dimension of policymaking. Students are equipped with the analytical toolkit to evaluate international policies and to manage international organisations. 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. MPP candidates choose between concentrations in policy analysis or management and organization. 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.Graduates gain essential knowledge, academic skills and abilities to enter a career in international politics, administration, business or civil society.
MPP students complete their degree requirements with a master thesis, which applies the knowledge, concepts and tools they have learned to develop a set of policy recommendations for a concrete policy problem. Students are supported by a thesis colloquium.
Specialise in policy analysis or management toolsMPP 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.
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Candidates with an excellent undergraduate degree and a strong motivation to study public policy are invited to apply for the MPP programme.
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.
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