International Programmes 2020/2021

Master of Public Policy (MPP) Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Hertie School • Berlin

Master of Public Policy
Teaching language
  • English

English is the official language of instruction at the Hertie School. Students do not need to be able to speak German.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies
Classes start at the beginning of September.
Application deadline

1 February 2021: priority deadline*
1 May 2021: final application deadline

*Students who need a scholarship or financial aid are encouraged to apply by 1 February to increase their chances of being awarded a tuition waiver.

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Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition for the two-year MPP programme at the Hertie School is currently 34,500 EUR (8,625 EUR per semester).

Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The Hertie School's Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a two-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English that provides tomorrow's decision-makers with the tools needed to analyse policies, critically assess policy innovations and evaluate solutions. It is ideal for individuals who want to understand and get involved in public affairs, learn analytical and managerial skills and promote good policies in all sectors.

A highly interdisciplinary programme strengthened by real-world experience, the Master of Public Policy brings together perspectives from economics, political science, law and sociology, and trains students in quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Specialise in policy analysis or management and organisation

Courses in economics, political science, statistics, public management and law give students a strong interdisciplinary foundation. In a project course usually taught together with a public policy institution, students are confronted with the challenges of a real-world project.

MPP students choose between two concentrations:

  • Policy analysis focuses on analytical methods and tools used to tackle modern governance challenges – such as statistics, econometrics or behavioural economics.
  • Management and organisation puts emphasis on competencies such as strategy, change management and organisational design.

Students also take courses from a wide portfolio of electives to deepen their expertise in a policy field. These courses give students the knowledge, concepts and tools they need to write their Master's thesis on a concrete policy problem.

Course 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 and organisation. 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 year. 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 second year, 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.

For more information, please have a look at our website.

Types of assessment

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

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Study trips
  • Courses are led with foreign partners
  • Projects with partners in Germany and abroad
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Content-related regional focus
  • Integrated study abroad unit(s)
Integrated study abroad unit(s)

The Hertie School is affiliated with the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA), CIVICA - The European University of Social Sciences and 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
  • 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. For more information, visit our website:

Integrated internships

All students complete a summer internship between their first and second year of study. The Hertie School partners with institutions from all three sectors to offer internship positions.

If you want even more working experience, you can apply to complete a full "Professional Year" between the first and second year of your studies. The Professional Year is not compulsory, but it offers an excellent opportunity for students to gain professional experience during their studies.

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Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees

Tuition for the two-year MPP programme at the Hertie School is currently 34,500 EUR (8,625 EUR per semester).

Semester contribution
Approx. 288.80 EUR per semester

This fee includes the following:
- semester ticket for Berlin public transport
- "Studierendenwerk" fee (mandatory semester contribution that allows you to access all services provided by the "Studierendenwerk Berlin")
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
The Hertie School is committed to attracting the best students from around the world. To achieve this goal we provide financial support to students in the form of financial aid and scholarships. Currently, about 50% of students receive funding directly from the school. Our Student Affairs team also offers assistance in finding external funding options.

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Academic admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree (BA or its international equivalent) and must be fluent in English.

All applications are assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Personal suitability: CV, professional experience, entrepreneurship, international experience, civic engagement; weight: 40%
  • Academic excellence: Strength of academic background, academic performance - grades/transcripts, general academic qualification, linguistic qualification; weight: 40%
  • Motivation: Convincing motivation to study public policy, motivation to study at the Hertie School, overall coherence; weight: 20%
Language requirements

Unless you are a native speaker or you have completed your entire undergraduate degree at an English-language university, English language skills must be verified with an official English test.

The Hertie School 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).

Application deadline

1 February 2021: priority deadline*
1 May 2021: final application deadline

*Students who need a scholarship or financial aid are encouraged to apply by 1 February to increase their chances of being awarded a tuition waiver.

Please also check our website:

Submit application to

All applications need to be submitted via the Hertie School's online application portal:


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.

You can find more information here:

Career advisory service

Career planning is a lifelong matter. Be it a CV check, internship or Professional Year advice, mock interviews, general orientation or decision-making, the Career Development team at the Hertie School supports students and alumni in all matters of their career development.

You can find out more on our website:

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters

Hertie School

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Hertie School students come from over 50 nations, many academic disciplines, and many professional backgrounds. © Hertie School

The Hertie School is a private university based in Berlin, Germany, accredited by the state and the German Science Council. It prepares exceptional students for leadership positions in government, business and civil society. Interdisciplinary and practice-oriented teaching, first-class research and an extensive international network set the Hertie School apart and position it as an ambassador of good governance, characterised by public debate and engagement. Our motto is "Understand today. Shape tomorrow".

The Hertie School was formally founded as a private, non-profit institution in 2004 by the Hertie Foundation and became Germany’s first professional school for public policy.

Offering programmes emphasising academic excellence and practice-oriented education in the reunified capital of Berlin, the Hertie School has been a unique educational institution in Germany since its beginnings,.

The school began by organising panels, symposia and discussions, providing a platform for policy-makers, professionals and practitioners from the media, NGOs and business to engage with academia.

In February 2005, the Hertie School was granted official state recognition and given the authority by the Berlin Senate to award the academic title Master of Public Policy as an institution of higher learning.

The first cohort of students in the two-year Master of Public Policy programme began their studies in September 2005, and the programme has grown considerably each year.

In September 2008, the school launched its second Master's programme, the Executive Master of Public Administration, for experienced mid-career professionals

In 2008, together with the Freie Universität Berlin and the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB), the Hertie School established the Berlin School of Transnational Studies, now the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS), to offer doctoral training for the SCRIPTS Cluster of Excellence.

In 2011, the Hertie School became one of the few private universities in Germany to receive the right to award doctorates. The school launched its doctoral programme in Governance in 2012.

The first cohort of the new Master of International Affairs study programme began their studies in 2015.

50 Percentage of students who receive financial aid
95 Countries represented in the student body & alumni network

University location

Berlin is in the heart of Europe. And we are in the heart of Berlin.

Germany's capital is a hub for political and cultural events, and a crossroads for travel in Europe and beyond. Located in the city's "Mitte" neighbourhood, the Hertie School is just minutes away from the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and other important political and historic landmarks.

Berlin is a political hub: Young, diverse and international.

As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the epicentre for political decision-makers and policy debates. It is also a city where history is all around, a fascinating backdrop for studying public policy. Berlin draws young people from around the world, bringing with them a diverse set of cultures, skills and activities.

Berlin is affordable and easy to navigate

Among Berlin’s many assets is its affordability. Housing and general expenses are relatively lower than in many major capitals worldwide. It’s especially welcoming for students, with countless special discounts at many venues.

It is also known as a very bike-friendly city, thanks to a flat landscape and many cycling paths. Whether on foot, by bike or public transportation, life in Berlin is accessible and easy-going. Students in Berlin also receive a semester ticket as part of their student ID that is valid for all means of public transportation in the entire city.