A cutting-edge programme for tomorrow’s leaders
The Hertie School’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) is a 2-year, full-time programme in English that provides the tools tomorrow’s decision-makers need to analyse policies, critically assess policy innovations and evaluate solutions. The programme offers 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.
Specialise in policy analysis or management
Courses in economics, political science, statistics, public management and law give students a strong interdisciplinary foundation. Participation in a project course usually taught together with a public policy institution confronts students with the challenges of a real-world project. Interdisciplinary and problem-oriented teaching offer hands-on preparation that students can apply across borders, disciplines and sectors.
Students choose between two concentrations:
- Policy analysis focuses on methods and tools of analysis such as statistics, econometrics or behavioural economics.
- Management and organisation explore competencies such as strategy, change management or 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.
Get a glimpse of some of the relevant, real-world topics that our students take on
Tokyo. Geneva. Singapore. Toronto. Beijing. Or Cairo. – The Hertie School offers its Master’s candidates more than just a degree. Students can gain experience at partner institutions around the world during a semester-long academic exchange as well as within a dual degree programme.
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. All students complete an internship between their first and second year of study. For those who want even more professional experience, the school offers a Professional Year. For internships and the Professional Year, the school has established relationships with a range of institutions such as ministries, international companies and NGOs.
Financial aid and scholarships
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 full and partial tuition waivers. Currently, about 50% of students receive funding directly from the school. Special focus scholarships are available for exceptional students with specific profiles. Most students rely on a mixture of tuition waivers, external scholarships, loans and student jobs to finance their studies.
The MPP programme is open to graduates from all academic disciplines with a strong motivation to study public policy. Academic performance, personal suitability and motivation are taken into account when evaluating applications. Admission offers and scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. Applicants who seek financial aid are encouraged to apply by the priority deadline on 1 February. Applications will be accepted until 31 May.
Gloria Guerrero (MPP 2017), promoting civic participation and freedom of speech in Mexico
Berlin – vibrant hub of European public dialogue
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. As the capital of Germany, Berlin is the epicentre for political decision-makers and policy debates. It's 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. 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.
About the Hertie School of Governance
The Hertie School of Governance is an international teaching and research centre of excellence located in vibrant and cosmopolitan Berlin. Exceptional teaching, research and outreach on international and intersectoral governance challenges are the school’s hallmark.
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. We offer them a study environment characterised by close interaction with faculty, lively public debates and engagement with current policy developments. In addition, our students have access to the School’s global network that includes the London School of Economics and Political Science, Sciences Po in Paris, Columbia University in New York and many other excellent public policy schools worldwide.
As an ambassador of good governance and public stewardship, the Hertie School 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. Our students actively contribute to these debates and regularly spearhead their own initiatives to foster the public good.