Master of Public Policy (MPP)

University of Erfurt

Application deadline: September 1; Non EU: June 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 3,000 / Year (EEA)
  • € 3,000 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  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 Brandt School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year interdisciplinary degree program designed for young academics and professionals who wish to pursue a career in public service, including government agencies, international organizations and the non-profit sector. The MPP program equips future decision makers with the knowledge and practical skills they will need to advance the public interest and make sound policy decisions.

Drawn from political science, economics, sociology, public administration and law, the MPP curriculum builds the skills and knowledge base required of a professional policy analyst. It includes courses in political and economic analysis, statistics, public management and ethics. Throughout the coursework, research and field experience, students develop their understanding of the policy process and the institutions and actors involved in that process.

Academic Services at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

The Brandt School’s Master of Public Policy program is fully accredited by ACQUIN, one of the leading accrediting agencies for higher education programs in Germany. To ensure a high quality of teaching the Brandt School strives to continuously improve its academic services to students and lecturers. Students are closely coached and supervised throughout their studies at the Brandt School and all courses offered are regularly evaluated to maintain the high quality of our MPP program. These efforts lead to a very high rate of students successfully completing their studies at the Brandt School and starting suitable careers afterwards.

Students are supported through both faculty members and administrative staff of the Brandt School. At the beginning of their studies at the Brandt School students are assigned a professor or lecturer as an individual academic mentor. The mentor is consulted at least at the beginning of a semester to discuss the appropriate choice of MPP courses. Regular consultations with the mentor ensure that the students take all mandatory courses and earn enough credits each semester.

Based on each student's individual academic background and career interests, the academic mentor may also offer career advice in terms of suggesting internship areas, practice-oriented thesis topics and appropriate career options.

Furthermore, students can also discuss the academic schedule with the academic program managers and the managing director. As part of our career services, students will get especially advice on all matters related to internships by our staff. As the internship is a mandatory part of the curriculum and an important step towards professional life, it is important that students work in an organization or institution that is related to public policy, matches the interest and sharpens the profile of the respective student.

Contents

The MPP program is a two-year, 120-credit-points program consisting of a core curriculum, a policy internship and an intensive policy analysis project (practical training module), elective courses taken from five potential areas of specialization (specialization modules), soft skills and language training.

The mandatory modules make up the core curriculum, while the specialization modules, the practical training module, and the basics and language module can be chosen according to the personal interests and professional needs of each student.

During the first three semesters students complete both the core curriculum and the specialization modules. The fourth semester will be devoted to the master thesis. In each semester students should earn approximately 30 credit points.

The curriculum consists of the following modules

  • Policy Analysis Module
  • Management Module
  • Leadership Module
  • Basics and Language Module
  • Specialization Modules
  • Practical Training Module
  • Graduation Module

Core Curriculum

The MPP's core curriculum consists of the Policy Analysis, Management, and Leadership Modules. Courses in the modules of the core curriculum are mandatory.

Policy Analysis Module (1st semester)

Building on the interdisciplinary approach of the Brandt School, this module includes an introduction to public policy as a discipline and at the same time methods and frameworks also from other disciplines, which are useful when analyzing public policy. The module comprises four courses and lays the foundation for the upcoming three semesters.

  • Introduction to Public Policy
  • Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods
  • Economic Analysis and Modelling
  • Comparative Public Policy or an elective course

Management Module (2nd semester)

As the pressure to offer public goods at a lower cost and higher quality is increasing, in the second semester the core module focuses on public sector management. In this module students learn more about management within the public sector and should by the end of the semester be able to understand the key issues of managing public service provision and make sound policy decisions within the limits of financial budgets.

  • Strategic Management and Public Administration
  • Financial Management

Leadership Module (3rd semester)

The Master of Public Policy at the Willy Brandt School prepares future leaders who have major management responsibilities. Therefore, the students will learn more about political advocacy and ethical leadership during the third semester.

  • Political Advocacy and Leadership
  • Ethical Questions in the Public Sector

Requirements

The prerequisites for applying to the Master of Public Policy program are

  • higher education entrance qualification (i.e. high school diploma)
  • college or university degree (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, state exam, etc.) with a minimal duration of 6 semesters
  • above-average grades or professional performance
  • analytical talent and pronounced interest in political problems
  • very good English language proficiency ( TOEFL: Paper test: 577 or above, Computer test: 233 or above, Internet test: 90 or above; IELTS: 6.5 or above; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English : A or B)

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 577
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Funding

Financing your Studies

There are several ways for prospective students to obtain financial support in order to help them finance both the tuition fees and the cost of living in Germany.

Since expenses at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy require a substantial financial commitment from both the student and the Brandt School, MPP candidates are encouraged to start their financial planning several months in advance of applying to the program. This includes to realistically assess your costs and identifying sources of financial assistance.

International students who need to apply for a student visa must prove that they have sufficient funds before coming to Germany. Further information may be found in the section Visa Procedures.

The Brandt School has limited scholarship resources for international and domestic students. For incoming first year students we maintain endowments by the Haniel Foundation: The Go-West Scholarship program for applicants from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Haniel Stipends for highly qualified applicants from Western Europe, North America and Germany. The latter are only available from the 2012-2014 study period onward.

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Accreditation

The Brandt Schools Master of Public Policy (MPP) is fully accredited.

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