Public Policy

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 8.88 k / Semester(s) Deadline: Feb 1, 2025
StudyQA ranking:5711 Duration:2 years
The MPP prepares students for future leadership positions in the public sector, business, and civil society. It offers analytically challenging and practice-oriented courses in the areas of governance, policy analysis, management, and leadership. The MPP fosters intellectual growth in a professional, research-intensive environment characterised by public debate and engagement.

Educational organisation

In their first semester at the Hertie School, MPP students take foundational courses in economics, statistics, public management, governance and policy processes. In their second semester, MPP students choose between two concentrations: policy analysis or management. Students attend a second statistics course or a second management course, depending on their concentration. In addition, they deepen their knowledge in economics and attend a course on law and governance in the second semester. They also participate in a practice-oriented project course that confronts students with the challenges of a real-world policy project.

Students complete a summer internship between their first and second years. Alternatively, they are offered the opportunity to gain even more substantial work experience during a professional year. The Hertie School has established relationships with a range of institutions.

In their third and fourth semesters, students choose two electives in their respective area of concentration to refine their quantitative analysis or management skills. At the same time, they complete four additional electives and apply the knowledge, concepts, and tools they have learned by writing a Master's thesis.

Study abroad unit(s)

The Hertie School is affiliated with the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN).

MPP students have the opportunity to apply for a dual degree programme with one of the following partners: London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), SIPA at Columbia University in New York, Bocconi University in Milan and Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP) at the University of Tokyo.

Dual degree students complete their second year of study at the partner institution and receive degrees from both institutions after successful completion of their study requirements. In addition, we have special dual degree programmes with Sciences Po and Syracuse University. Please check our website for more information:

Alternatively, one-semester exchange programmes are offered at more than 20 partner universities around the world.


Between the first and second years, students complete an internship at an institution of their choice in the public, private, or civil society sector.

In addition to the curriculum, MPP students can apply for the Professional Year programme between their first and second years of study. For more information see:

Forms of assessment

Exams, Master's thesis, seminar papers, memos, oral presentations, etc.

Course objectives

Students attending the Hertie School are encouraged to think about their professional life from the outset of their studies. Our Career Services representatives engage in a dialogue with the students throughout the programme. Students are offered individual career coaching and receive job application training.

The MPP curriculum prepares students for a successful entrance to the job market at the intersection of the private, public, and civil society sectors. Hertie School graduates find that the educational experience gained at the School contributes greatly to their ability to deal with the daily challenges in the workplace.

MPP graduates become part of the Hertie School alumni network. Alumni are an excellent resource for current students, as they report about their professional life, contribute to the curriculum, or offer internship opportunities. The Hertie School community is a means of establishing important, lifelong connections, both social and professional.

Language requirements

Unless you are a native speaker or you have completed your entire first degree at an English-language university, English language skills must be verified with an official English test. The Hertie School of Governance recognises the Cambridge ESOL qualifications CPE (C), CAE (B), the IELTS (with an overall score of at least 7.0 and a writing score of at least 7), as well as the TOEFL tests (PBT 600, CBT 250, iBT 100).

Academic requirements

Applicants must have at least completed an undergraduate degree (BA or its international equivalent) and must be fluent in English. If you are not yet in possession of your first degree certificate, please indicate when you will receive it on the online application form. You must have completed all of your academic coursework and exams by 31 August 2017 in order to be able to register for the MPP programme beginning in September 2017. The main criteria for the admissions process are that candidates possess academic excellence, professional and international experience, and a high level of motivation.

Enrolment fees

Campus fee: approx. 288.90 EUR
The campus fee includes:
Service fee: 100 EUR*
Berlin public transport ticket: 188.90 EUR**

*The service fee includes access to all services provided by the "Berliner Studentenwerk" as well as additional on-campus services.
**The price for the Berlin public transport ticket (BVG ticket) will increase each semester as follows: 188.90 EUR (Autumn 2016), 193.80 EUR (Spring 2017).

Costs of living

Living costs in Berlin are estimated to be approx. 800 EUR per month.

Funding opportunities within the university

The Hertie School offers scholarships ranging from 8,125 EUR to 32,500 EUR (25% to 100% of tuition fees), based on merit and need.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for other sources of funding as soon as possible.

Arrival support

The Student Affairs team welcomes and supports international students upon their arrival in Berlin.

Services and support for international students

All questions related to getting started as a student at the Hertie School and getting settled in Berlin can be directed to the Student Affairs Team. They assist admitted applicants with issues such as obtaining external financial aid, health insurance, visa and residency registration, as well as accommodation.

The Graduate Programmes Team supports students in all questions regarding the MPP study programme.

The Career Services Team assists students in looking for internships, fine-tuning and focusing their career aspirations, and with practical matters such as writing a strong CV or getting ready for a job interview.


Rent for a single room in a shared flat is around 400 EUR. Additional information on accommodation is available from the Student Affairs Team:
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