Public Policy (MPP), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
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.


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

Programme Structure

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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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.

    Book IELTS
  • 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

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)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1500 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

MPP tuition fee is EUR 1.500 per semester or EUR 6.000 for the entire program (four semesters). The tuition fee can be paid either as a whole prior to the start of the program or it can be split up and be paid before each semester starts (1,500 EUR per semester).

Living costs for Erfurt

730 - 1100 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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 Haniel Scholarship program for applicants from Eastern Europe and CIS Countries, and the Haniel Stipends for highly qualified applicants from Western Europe, North America and Germany.

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