Master Public Policy (MPP)

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR8125 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR8125 per Semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| Berlin, Germany
The Hertie School of Governance offers this Master of Public Policy (MPP) programme to 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.



Our growing alumni network offers students and graduates access to an international community of successful policy professionals in leading organisations in many countries. As an ambassador of good governance and public stewardship, the Hertie School of Governance has become a hub for top scholars and researchers, as well as experts and representatives from the spheres of politics, business and civil society who contribute to events at the school. Master of Public Policy (MPP) students actively contribute to these debates and regularly spearhead their own initiatives to foster the public good.

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Academic exchange

Students can apply for an exchange place after starting their MPP programme. They then spend their third semester at a partner university where they attend four elective courses. The Hertie School has an extensive global network of over 20 partner universities around the globe, where students may apply to spend a semester of their studies, including Georgetown University in Washington D.C., Tsinghua University in Beijing and the American University in Cairo.

Dual degree

For students who want to dive even deeper into another academic environment, the School offers MPP candidates the opportunity to complete a degree from the Hertie School in Berlin and to earn an additional degree at partner universities including Sciences Po in Paris, the London School of Economics and Political Science, Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York, the University of Tokyo, and Bocconi University in Milan. Students who are admitted to the dual degree programme spend one year at the Hertie School and one year at the partner university.

Build a professional network

As a professional school for public policy, the Hertie School gives students several opportunities to apply what they are learning and begin building a professional network. Students are expected to complete a summer internship between their first and second year of study. For students who want even more professional experience, the School offers a professional year between the first and second year of the programme. For internships and the professional year, the School has established relationships with a range of institutions to help students find a position. The Hertie School also invites relevant professionals including alumni to its Professional Perspectives lecture series.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • EUR8125 per semester ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR8125 per semester ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

A cutting-edge programme for tomorrow’s leaders
The MPP is an academically demanding degree programme with a hands-on approach, which prepares students to tackle today’s most pressing policy problems.
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.
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. They deepen their policy expertise through electives in such areas as European and global governance, economics and finance, welfare and sustainability, innovation and regulation, as well as democractic development.
Master thesis

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.

Key Concentrations

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.


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)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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Hertie School of Governance

Berlin, Germany

Germany The Hertie School of Governance prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business, and civil society. Our motto is “Understand today. Shape tomorrow.” We attract a highly talented student body from diverse national and disciplinary backgrounds—united by a desire to make a difference and to bring about a better future.